LANSING, Mich. – Members of the Michigan Republican Party speak out after filing a campaign finance complaint last week.
On Monday, Republicans had nothing to add to their complaint. However, they did give big shots of what they think Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer did wrong.
The Michigan GOP continues its crusade against the governor’s trip to Florida on a private jet using money from its nonprofit inauguration, highlighting the party’s recent compliance with the state election office.
“There is nothing in this trip that would justify using the c4 that was put in place for its inauguration which was rolled out in 2019,” said Jason Roe, executive director of Michigan GOP.
Republicans argue the governor violated campaign finance laws by taking the jet between March 12 and March 15 to visit his chronically ill father.
The governor says she continued to work during the trip and her campaign says the use of the funds is legal, although she will pay the cost of her seat and her daughters’ seats on the return flight.
Meanwhile, the GOP disagrees.
“It was one hundred percent a trip that was for the personal benefit of the governor. There was no campaign activity and there is no justification for the governor using her campaign to pay for this personal trip, ”said Roe.
This most recent complaint comes after another Conservative group filed a complaint with the IRS about the trip and the FAA launched an investigation into the jet’s owning company, PVS Chemicals, after questions were raised. raised as to whether the jet could be used as a charter.
The Michigan Democratic Party responded to the complaint by calling it “bogus” and part of “endless filibuster” against the governor.
Ultimately, it is up to Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson whether or not to take charge of the complaint.
She has fined the Whitmer campaign in the past. In 2019, his campaign was fined nearly $ 40,000 for breaking campaign coordination laws after running a series of campaign ads.
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