Leonard has two leadership accounts or Political Action Committees (PACS) that are run by his allies. One, Michigan Values Leadership Fund is run by Shane Hernandez, former state representative and director of member services at the Michigan State House.
These PACS received absolutely no donations since 2018, the last time Leonard ran for Attorney General (AG). But oddly enough, Leonard received six donations in 2021. The two PACs and Leonard’s campaign also use the same post office box address in Dewitt, Michigan. Coincidence?
In Michigan, the individual contribution limit for AG is $7,150. Five of the six individuals who donated to the funds:
- John Kennedy, former CEO and founder of Autocam, that sold for $350 million
- Jerry Jung, previous State Transportation Chair, founder of Rethink Ethanol, and current chair of Michigan Colleges Alliance
- Daniel Allor of Allor Plumbing and Heating, and Solomon Plumbing
- Matt Ishbia, CEO of mortgage lender United Wholesale Mortgage, now called UWM Holdings
- Mickey Shapiro of M. Shapiro Real Estate Group
These individuals made the maximum donation to the Leonard for AG campaign directly. Then, they donated a combined $103,800 to the two PACs, which in turn donated $80,000 directly to Tom Leonard for his campaign.
Instead of the $35,750 limit that Michigan campaign finance law sets, these five individuals were able to give $115,750 to the campaign, more than 3 times the legal limit.