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New Campaign ads violate state law by implying incumbencyLANSING, Mich., August 1, 2018 –Today the Michigan Republican Party notified Ingham County Prosecutor Carol Siemon that Democratic frontrunner Gretchen Whitmer is currently breaking Michigan election law. The Whitmer for Governor campaign is running multiple ads in which Whitmer is referred to as “Governor,” implying incumbency. Under Michigan election law a false designation of incumbency is a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of up to $500 and up to 90 days imprisonment in county jail.“Gretchen Whitmer, a former prosecutor, seems to have a really poor grasp of Michigan law,” said Sarah Anderson Deputy Chief of Staff at the Michigan Republican Party. Anderson continued, “Whitmer and her allies are defending against multiple campaign finance and election law violations. Michigan needs a Governor who enforces state law, not someone who thinks she is above it. We trust that Ingham County Prosecutor Carol Siemon will take action on this notification despite the fact that she co-hosted a Whitmer for Governor fundraiser on July 22, the proceeds of which may have paid for the ads in question.”Whitmer’s ad specifically violates Section 944 of Act 116 of 1954 in Michigan Election law which states:Any person who advertises or uses in any campaign material, including radio, television, newspapers, circulars, cards, or stationery, the words incumbent, re-elect, re-election, or otherwise indicates, represents, or gives the impression that a candidate for public office is the incumbent, when in fact the candidate is not the incumbent, is guilty of a misdemeanor... More >

Whitmer Waffles on ICE AbolitionNewly released footage shows Whitmer calling for abolition of ICE LANSING, Mich., July 25, 2018 –On Tuesday, Democrat candidate for Governor Gretchen Whitmer told a group of reporters that she opposes abolishing the Immigration and Customs enforcement agency (ICE). Whitmer stated "Just abolishing a department that is the face of the administration, doesn't fix the problem. I'm interested in solving problems, not just taking positions, not talking in buzz phrases, but solutions for people."However, the Michigan Republican Party (MRP) has footage from a recent event in which Whitmer contradicts those statements, stating instead that ICE should be abolished. The footage is from June 30, 2018 at the "Families Belong Together" rally in Lansing. Many members of this group have openly called for the abolition of ICE. Whitmer attended the rally.“Gretchen Whitmer will say anything to get elected,” said Sarah Anderson, MRP Deputy Chief of Staff. Anderson continued, “Whitmer says one thing when speaking to Progressives and something completely contradictory when speaking to the media and mainstream Democrat voters. Does she support abolishing ICE? Does she support sanctuary cities? Waffling Whitmer owes the people of Michigan an explanation. As she so aptly put it in the recent Democrat debate, you can’t be ‘half pregnant’ on issues.”The footage of Whitmer’s support for the abolition of ICE can be found here.   More >

Weiser Statement on Democrat Debate LANSING, Mich., June 20, 2018 – The following is a statement from Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ron Weiser on tonight’s Democrat Gubernatorial Debate. “While Republicans are running on a record of results, tonight we saw that Michigan Democrats continue to be devoid of ideas. All three Democrats simply regurgitated the extreme left-wing policies of Socialist Senator Bernie Sanders in a desperate attempt to see who could be the most “pure” progressive. More spending, higher taxes, and bigger government are what lead to the Lost Decade and over 500,000 Michiganders losing their jobs. Democrats are running on the failed policies of yesterday. Yesterday is over.” More >

Michigan Republican Party files complaint against “Build a Better Michigan”LANSING, Mich., June 20, 2018 –Today, the Michigan Republican Party filed a Campaign Finance Complaint with the Michigan Department of State against ‘Build a Better Michigan,’ a Washington D.C. based non-profit corporation advocating on behalf of Democrat Gubernatorial Candidate Gretchen Whitmer. According to the complaint, ‘Build a Better Michigan’ violated Michigan Campaign Finance law in one of two ways: Section 54 of the Michigan Campaign Finance Act (MCFA) states that a corporation is prohibited from engaging in express advocacy for a candidate. However, two ads by ‘Build a Better Michigan’ entitled “Work Hard” and “Fix the Roads” violated this statute with Whitmer appearing in both ads using the express advocacy language “Gretchen Whitmer Candidate for Governor” and outlining her major campaign themes. Or ‘Build a Better Michigan’ violated section 51 of the MCFA by failing to file and report independent expenditures associated with the previously mentioned ads. “With 48 days left until the Democrat primary and trailing badly, Gretchen Whitmer and her Washington friends are trying to dump $1.8 million in illegal ads on Michigan’s airwaves,” said Colleen Pero, Michigan Republican Party Chief of Staff and complainant on the filing. Pero continued, “The first act by any person elected as our state’s Governor is to swear to uphold Michigan law. Gretchen Whitmer, an attorney, appears to have approved these illegal ads and coordinated with an outside corporate entity by appearing in them. This was bad judgment on her behalf, and possibly... More >

When it comes to Nessel Supporters, Follow the Money...And the Ambulances

When it comes to Nessel Supporters, Follow the Money…And the Ambulances LANSING, Mich., May 23, 2018 – Today the Detroit Free Press reported alleged unethical behavior by embattled Metro Detroit Attorney and Dana Nessel donor Mike Morse. In Federal court, State Farm insurance alleged that Morse has been using his law firm as a no-fault insurance patient mill, referring clients to medical firms in which Morse had a direct financial interest. State Farm also alleges Morse received kickbacks, including real estate from medical firms who were seeking client referrals from Morse’s law firm, and who agreed to provide favorable medical evidence in return. This type of insurance abuse is a contributing factor in Michigan having the highest auto insurance rates in the nation. This is not Morse’s first run in with the law. Last summer five women came forward alleging that the attorney sexually assaulted them. However, those allegations did not stop Democrat Attorney General candidate Dana Nessel from accepting a $1,000 campaign contribution from Morse later that year.Michigan Republican Party Deputy Chief of Staff Sarah Anderson stated “Mike Morse allegedly assaulted five women and Dana Nessel happily took his money. Today, Morse is accused of being involved in unethical behavior that contributes to Michigan citizens paying the highest auto insurance rates in the nation and she is silent. When will Dana Nessel stand up for the people of Michigan instead of her trial lawyer, ambulance chasing friends?” Anderson continued, “Dana Nessel once said that the fact that she lacks... More >

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New Campaign ads violate state law by implying incumbencyLANSING, Mich., August 1, 2018 –Today the Michigan Republican Party notified Ingham County Prosecutor Carol Siemon that Democratic frontrunner Gretchen Whitmer is currently breaking Michigan election law. The Whitmer for Governor campaign is running multiple ads in which Whitmer is referred to as “Governor,” implying incumbency. Under Michigan election law a false designation of incumbency is a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of up to $500 and up to 90 days imprisonment in county jail.“Gretchen Whitmer, a former prosecutor, seems to have a really poor grasp of Michigan law,” said Sarah Anderson Deputy Chief of Staff at the Michigan Republican Party. Anderson continued, “Whitmer and her allies are defending against multiple campaign finance and election law violations. Michigan needs a Governor who enforces state law, not someone who thinks she is above it. We trust that Ingham County Prosecutor Carol Siemon will take action on this notification despite the fact that she co-hosted a Whitmer for Governor fundraiser on July 22, the proceeds of which may have paid for the ads in question.”Whitmer’s ad specifically violates Section 944 of Act 116 of 1954 in Michigan Election law which states:Any person who advertises or uses in any campaign material, including radio, television, newspapers, circulars, cards, or stationery, the words incumbent, re-elect, re-election, or otherwise indicates, represents, or gives the impression that a candidate for public office is the incumbent, when in fact the candidate is not the incumbent, is guilty of a misdemeanor... More >

Whitmer Waffles on ICE AbolitionNewly released footage shows Whitmer calling for abolition of ICE LANSING, Mich., July 25, 2018 –On Tuesday, Democrat candidate for Governor Gretchen Whitmer told a group of reporters that she opposes abolishing the Immigration and Customs enforcement agency (ICE). Whitmer stated "Just abolishing a department that is the face of the administration, doesn't fix the problem. I'm interested in solving problems, not just taking positions, not talking in buzz phrases, but solutions for people."However, the Michigan Republican Party (MRP) has footage from a recent event in which Whitmer contradicts those statements, stating instead that ICE should be abolished. The footage is from June 30, 2018 at the "Families Belong Together" rally in Lansing. Many members of this group have openly called for the abolition of ICE. Whitmer attended the rally.“Gretchen Whitmer will say anything to get elected,” said Sarah Anderson, MRP Deputy Chief of Staff. Anderson continued, “Whitmer says one thing when speaking to Progressives and something completely contradictory when speaking to the media and mainstream Democrat voters. Does she support abolishing ICE? Does she support sanctuary cities? Waffling Whitmer owes the people of Michigan an explanation. As she so aptly put it in the recent Democrat debate, you can’t be ‘half pregnant’ on issues.”The footage of Whitmer’s support for the abolition of ICE can be found here.   More >

Weiser Statement on Democrat Debate LANSING, Mich., June 20, 2018 – The following is a statement from Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ron Weiser on tonight’s Democrat Gubernatorial Debate. “While Republicans are running on a record of results, tonight we saw that Michigan Democrats continue to be devoid of ideas. All three Democrats simply regurgitated the extreme left-wing policies of Socialist Senator Bernie Sanders in a desperate attempt to see who could be the most “pure” progressive. More spending, higher taxes, and bigger government are what lead to the Lost Decade and over 500,000 Michiganders losing their jobs. Democrats are running on the failed policies of yesterday. Yesterday is over.” More >

Michigan Republican Party files complaint against “Build a Better Michigan”LANSING, Mich., June 20, 2018 –Today, the Michigan Republican Party filed a Campaign Finance Complaint with the Michigan Department of State against ‘Build a Better Michigan,’ a Washington D.C. based non-profit corporation advocating on behalf of Democrat Gubernatorial Candidate Gretchen Whitmer. According to the complaint, ‘Build a Better Michigan’ violated Michigan Campaign Finance law in one of two ways: Section 54 of the Michigan Campaign Finance Act (MCFA) states that a corporation is prohibited from engaging in express advocacy for a candidate. However, two ads by ‘Build a Better Michigan’ entitled “Work Hard” and “Fix the Roads” violated this statute with Whitmer appearing in both ads using the express advocacy language “Gretchen Whitmer Candidate for Governor” and outlining her major campaign themes. Or ‘Build a Better Michigan’ violated section 51 of the MCFA by failing to file and report independent expenditures associated with the previously mentioned ads. “With 48 days left until the Democrat primary and trailing badly, Gretchen Whitmer and her Washington friends are trying to dump $1.8 million in illegal ads on Michigan’s airwaves,” said Colleen Pero, Michigan Republican Party Chief of Staff and complainant on the filing. Pero continued, “The first act by any person elected as our state’s Governor is to swear to uphold Michigan law. Gretchen Whitmer, an attorney, appears to have approved these illegal ads and coordinated with an outside corporate entity by appearing in them. This was bad judgment on her behalf, and possibly... More >

When it comes to Nessel Supporters, Follow the Money...And the Ambulances

When it comes to Nessel Supporters, Follow the Money…And the Ambulances LANSING, Mich., May 23, 2018 – Today the Detroit Free Press reported alleged unethical behavior by embattled Metro Detroit Attorney and Dana Nessel donor Mike Morse. In Federal court, State Farm insurance alleged that Morse has been using his law firm as a no-fault insurance patient mill, referring clients to medical firms in which Morse had a direct financial interest. State Farm also alleges Morse received kickbacks, including real estate from medical firms who were seeking client referrals from Morse’s law firm, and who agreed to provide favorable medical evidence in return. This type of insurance abuse is a contributing factor in Michigan having the highest auto insurance rates in the nation. This is not Morse’s first run in with the law. Last summer five women came forward alleging that the attorney sexually assaulted them. However, those allegations did not stop Democrat Attorney General candidate Dana Nessel from accepting a $1,000 campaign contribution from Morse later that year.Michigan Republican Party Deputy Chief of Staff Sarah Anderson stated “Mike Morse allegedly assaulted five women and Dana Nessel happily took his money. Today, Morse is accused of being involved in unethical behavior that contributes to Michigan citizens paying the highest auto insurance rates in the nation and she is silent. When will Dana Nessel stand up for the people of Michigan instead of her trial lawyer, ambulance chasing friends?” Anderson continued, “Dana Nessel once said that the fact that she lacks... More >

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