Whitmer’s Donors Draw Ethics Complaints for Exceeding Limit

Whitmer’s Donors Draw Ethics Complaints for Exceeding Limit

September 16, 2021

Ten of Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s wealthiest donors made contributions to her reelection campaign that exceeded the state’s legal limit, according to ethics complaints from the Michigan Freedom Fund (MFF).

The complaint cites a Michigan campaign finance law, MCL 169.252, that places a limit on the contribution amount a candidate can receive from a given donor during an election cycle. The limit in the Michigan gubernatorial race is set to $7,150. But the ten individuals named in the complaint each made contributions ranging from $100,000 to over $257,000.

The complaint calls on Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson (D) and the Bureau of Elections to investigate the donations.

“Whitmer’s $100,000 Club is comprised of far-left liberals who illegally gave Whitmer’s campaign six-figure donations — a violation of state law that limits the amount a person can give to $7,150,” MFF Executive Director Tori Sachs said in a statement, adding that Benson “should immediately take action to fine each member of ‘Whitmer’s $100,000 Club’ the amount of their excessive contribution and Whitmer should disgorge the illegal money, along with paying a fine equal to the amount of the illegal donations.”

The MFF also filed an ethics complaint against Whitmer in July for accepting the donations.

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