Michigan Governor Whitmer may be faced to return millions of campaign donations. The Michigan Republican Party is suing the Democrat governor to return more than $3 million in excessive contributions.
Fox News reports:
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.
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.
In July, Whitmer campaign spokesman Mark Fisk said if funds exceeding the individual limit are not used to fight a recall, they can legally be transferred to another account. He mentioned the Michigan Democratic Party as an example.