Is it time to have publicly funded campaigns for state and federal elections?

For the race of Governor of Michigan between Republican Gov. Rick Snyder and Democrat challenger Mark Schauer, the two spent a combined total of approximately $22 million on their respective campaigns for governor, according to records filed Thursday with the Secretary of State.

The approximate $22 million does not include the roughly $36.6 million spent on TV ads for the two campaigns by outside groups. Thus making their race the second most costly in the history of the state of Michigan, with a combined total of $58.3 million.

Their race for Governor came in second only to the 2006 campaign between Democrat Gov. Jennifer Granholm and Republican challenger Dick DeVos. Their combined total from the candidates themselves and outside groups was $80 million.

Should we go to publicly funded campaigns?

What are the pros and cons?

Call me today on the Live with Renk show, Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to noon, to let me know your thoughts at 269-441-9595.