LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan’s Republican Occasion and Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson’s workplace have reached a deal calling for the social gathering to pay $200,000 to resolve a marketing campaign finance criticism.
A conciliation settlement was signed final month and mentioned the fee is “to not be construed as an admission of legal responsibility.”
The settlement says $200,000 in undisclosed expenditures have been made between August 2018 and February 2019 from a state Republican Occasion administrative account.
In a Feb. 4, 2021 letter to the state Elections Bureau, outgoing social gathering Chair Laura Cox — on behalf of the state Republican Occasion — self-reported a attainable marketing campaign violation.
Cox mentioned Ann Arbor businessman and College of Michigan regent Ron Weiser paid a Macomb County activist $200,000 to remain out of the secretary of state race in 2018 when Weiser final led the social gathering. Weiser has mentioned the cash given to Stan Grot was for legit social gathering work.
Weiser defeated Cox this yr for social gathering chair.
Weiser and the Michigan Republican Occasion mentioned in a launch Friday that the settlement with Benson’s workplace affirmed “no admission of wrong-doing on behalf of the social gathering or any particular person throughout the group.”
“Had we pursued defending ourselves in litigation, we’re assured our arguments would have prevailed in court docket,” Weiser mentioned. “Ultimately, the litigation prices to the social gathering would’ve amounted to greater than the fee demanded by the secretary of state.”
Weiser mentioned he would personally contribute the $200,000 to the state Republican Occasion.
Secretary of State spokeswoman Tracy Wimmer mentioned that in conciliation agreements “it’s commonplace for the topic of the investigation to assert that there was no wrongdoing.”
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