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Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson speaks to the media at her Detroit location in the Fisher Building.

Jocelyn Benson’s self-serving decision to allow Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to funnel $3.4 million in improperly raised funds to the Democratic Party or other candidates, if allowed to stand, will make a joke of Michigan’s campaign finance laws.

The secretary of state previously said Whitmer couldn’t keep for herself money donated to fight a recall effort that never materialized. But instead of demanding she return the cash to donors, she issued an opinion last week that the governor could give it to a political party or individual candidates for office, if she chooses.

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Lanivan

Let's actually look at the facts. Gov Whitmer was virtually inundated to the point of harassment with recalls in her first 2 years as governor.

"Fourteen recall efforts against Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) have been launched in 2021. Thirteen recall petitions were rejected for circulation by the Michigan Board of State Canvassers and one effort was withdrawn before the August 17 meeting.[1]

In 2020, twenty recall efforts were launched against Gov. Whitmer. Ten efforts were rejected by the Michigan Board of State Canvassers, one effort was withdrawn, and nine efforts were approved for circulation but have ended since no signatures were submitted." Ballotpedia.

Clearly, these wasteful and failed recall efforts backfired big time. Coupled with the threats of violence and the perverse and criminal attempt to kidnap her, money poured in from many sources in a massive show of support for this governor, legally and within the law.

This Republican outcry is nothing more than sour grapes, and a realization that they have overplayed their hand by pushing dozens of frivolous recalls that went nowhere and basically were all dismissed by the state commission. Better get over it - so far, it looks like Gov Whitmer, AG Dana Nessel, and SoS Jocelyn Benson are breaking records for LEGAL campaign funds.

COAgma

Crickets from the Democrats.

Rottweiler

Well Democrats let’s hear you defend this..

Rottweiler

Smith here’s your big chance to defend the party...

Torakhan

I consider myself independant because I don't hold myself to any particular party--it's just that I tend to side with Democratic candidates more than Republican, or others.

That said, this certainly does look a bit odd, and to clear it up it would make more sense to put that money into a social welfare fund: Public schools, public health insurance, or the State's emergency fund to avoid controversy.

Though, I could also name a large Republican name who's taken in millions and millions of dollars that has gone directly into his own pocketbook, and pockets of his friends, or into the RNC funds in the name of "recalls" and "recounts", but one scam doesn't make it right to scam as well.

If it doesn't pass the smell test, send that to where it can do public good.

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