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Amid all the economic doom and gloom, News Hits — always looking for that ray of sunshine — is happy to report that there's one area that hasn't hit any slowdown.

We're talking about influence peddling.

Campaign finance records were set in the $7.5 million Michigan Supreme Court campaign, where Diane Hathaway defeated incumbent Chief Justice Clifford Taylor, and in the Michigan House of Representatives," noted Executive Director Rich Robinson in a report recently issued by the watchdog Michigan Campaign Finance Network.

"Campaign finance data are interesting for two reasons," Robinson noted. "First, because there is a close correlation between financial advantage and electoral success: 104 of the 110 state representatives had greater financial backing than their opponents.

"And perhaps the more significant reason to be concerned with campaign finance data is the fact that the interest groups that provide the most campaign cash tend to dominate the legislative calendar. Money really does correlate to access to the legislative process."

News Hits is edited by Curt Guyette. Contact him at 313-202-8004 or NewsHits@metrotimes.com

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