Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer may have to return millions of dollars in donations.
According to Fox News:
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s reelection campaign may have to return or donate over $3 million identified as excess contributions after a lawsuit brought by the state’s Republican Party.
The Detroit News reported that Whitmer has pulled in a record $8.65 million as of late July, including $3.4 million from donors who exceeded the normal $7,150 limit for individuals. Jocelyn Benson, the secretary of state, reportedly issued a court filing that the funds may have to be returned if there is no recall, which looks unlikely.
State Republicans have called the “recall exception” unconstitutional. The paper called the exemption a “decades-old state policy” that essentially allows unlimited contributions due to the possibility of a recall. Whitmer’s campaign has benefited from six-figure donations from several donors, the Detroit Free Press reported.
Republicans have said people never “actively” sought to recall Whitmer because the longshot efforts fell way short of the necessary voter signatures. They claim that the exception is unfair to them because they can’t donate to their candidates on the same level.
No one seems to agree on what can happen with the funds if there is no recall. A fight is sure to settle the dispute.