Michigan’s Democrat Governor Gretchen Whitmer has been accused of more than one campaign violation, but has seemingly gotten a pass from the secretary of state.
Conservative groups are outraged by what they see as a partisan decision not to penalize her in any way.
Whitmer denies any wrongdoing, of course.
Just the News reports:
Outrage over leniency for Michigan Gov. Whitmer in campaign finance case
Conservative groups are up in arms over Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson’s ruling on Tuesday that Gov. Gretchen Whitmer did not violate Michigan campaign finance law in two separate instances.
The Michigan Freedom Fund filed a formal campaign finance complaint against the governor last summer after she raised in excess of $3.4 million. Michigan Campaign Finance law limits individual donations to $7,150, but allows an exemption to accept unlimited contributions if a governor is facing a recall attempt.
At the time Whitmer accepted the contributions, there was no active recall effort.
Whitmer raised a record $8.65 million in 2021 with $10.7 million cash on hand. Of that sum, $3.4 million was raised from 119 large donors, including Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker, who gave $250,000. Attorney Mark Bernstein, brother of Michigan Supreme Court Justice Richard Bernstein, donated $257,150.
Benson’s decision does not force the governor to return the money to the initial donors. It does, however, allow her to remit the monies to other campaign war chests.
“Gretchen Whitmer made the biggest illegal campaign cash grab in Michigan history and Jocelyn Benson is laundering it for her so the millions in donations over the limit can be used for both of their re-election campaigns next year,” Tori Sachs, MFF executive director, said in a statement.
So is she just going to walk away from this without a scratch?
2 allegations of campaign finance violations against #Michigan's Gov. Gretchen Whitmer have been dismissed.
— The Epoch Times (@EpochTimes) December 23, 2021
It must be nice to be a Democrat.