Tyrannical Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s campaign may have to return or donate $3.4 million in contributions collected beyond the state’s typical donor limits by January, according to a new court case.
Michigan law states that $7,150 is the maximum contribution candidates can receive from a given donor during an election cycle. Officeholders facing a recall are excepted from the maximum and allowed to collect donations with no limit. Whitmer is not currently facing a recall, so her campaign is restricted to the $7,150 limit.
Last month, the Michigan Freedom Fund filed a campaign finance complaint with the Bureau of Elections against Whitmer regarding ten donors from her “$100,000 Club,” alleging they made contributions to Whitmer’s reelection campaign that exceeded the limit. The governor had ten donors that gave $100,000 or more to her campaign. Half of them, including Illinois Democrat Gov. J.B. Pritzker, prominent Michigan Democrat and attorney Mark Bernstein, and billionaire activist Patricia Stryker, gave $250,000 or more.
“Gretchen Whitmer has illegally raised funds in excess of Michigan’s contribution limit by claiming a recall exception for a recall that doesn’t exist,” said the Michigan Republican Party Communications Director Gustavo Portela. “We’ll fight in court to ensure that campaign finance rules continue to be applied fairly across the board for all candidates running for Governor because no one is above the law.”