In West Michigan, philanthropists have opened their wallets on both sides of the issue, led by $200,000 from Amway co-founder Richard DeVos in opposition to embryonic stem cell research, according to campaign finance statements filed Friday.
Douglas DeVos, president of Amway Corp., also gave $25,000 to Michigan Citizens Against Unrestricted Science & Experimentation, the committee formed against Proposal 2.
The Michigan Catholic Conference has chipped in $2.79 million to defeat Prop 2, even though 77% of Catholics nationwide support using excess embryos – those no longer needed for in-vitro fertilization – for research. Right to Life of Michigan has coughed up $276,000, while "local affiliates across the state gave tens of thousands more".
The last EPIC poll shows that the ridiculous ads have taken a toll, and the proposal is now a toss-up, with 46-43 favoring passage.
Experts attribute the drop in support for Proposal 2 to the well-funded ad campaign by the opposition that has raised concerns in voters' minds by suggesting its passage could cost taxpayers millions of dollars and lead to human cloning.
Prop 2 supporters say the anti-ads are misleading and deceptive.
Don't let ring-wing extremists like Richard DeVos lie and buy their way to victory - get out and tell your friends and family the truth on Prop 2. Here is the latest ad from Cure Michigan-