LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan’s Republican Social gathering and Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson’s workplace have reached a deal calling for the get together to pay $200,000 to resolve a marketing campaign finance grievance.
A conciliation settlement was signed final month and mentioned the cost 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 Social gathering administrative account.
In a Feb. 4, 2021 letter to the state Elections Bureau, outgoing get together Chair Laura Cox — on behalf of the state Republican Social gathering — 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 get together. Weiser has mentioned the cash given to Stan Grot was for respectable get together work.
Weiser defeated Cox this 12 months for get together chair.
Weiser and the Michigan Republican Social gathering mentioned in a launch Friday that the settlement with Benson’s workplace affirmed “no admission of wrong-doing on behalf of the get together or any particular person inside the group.”
“Had we pursued defending ourselves in litigation, we’re assured our arguments would have prevailed in courtroom,” Weiser mentioned. “Ultimately, the litigation prices to the get together would’ve amounted to greater than the cost demanded by the secretary of state.”
Weiser mentioned he would personally contribute the $200,000 to the state Republican Social gathering.
Secretary of State spokeswoman Tracy Wimmer mentioned that in conciliation agreements “it’s commonplace for the topic of the investigation to say that there was no wrongdoing.”
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