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Party switcher didn't break finance law, secretary of state says

AP Wire • Jul 21, 2015 at 11:54 AM

In a letter sent to state Rep. Roy Schmidt's attorney this week, a law specialist in the state's Bureau of Elections wrote that the Democrat-turned-Republican intended to commit a campaign finance violation by paying someone to run against him.

But Melissa Malerman said that the violation never occurred, because the prospective opponent, Matt Mojzak, withdrew from the ballot shortly after filing paperwork to run, and the payment apparently was not made.

Schmidt was the incumbent Democrat for the 76th District seat when he switched to the Republican Party minutes before the May filing deadline. He lost in the November general election to Democrat Winnie Brinks of Grand Rapids.

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