Michigan GOP files lawsuit against Whitmer over Florida trip, calls for legal action
EXCLUSIVE: Michigan Republican The party has filed a complaint against the troubled Democratic government. Gretchen whitmer for his infamous trip to Florida, calling him Michigan secretary of state to take legal action against her.
The complaint, first obtained by Fox News, was filed Friday by the Michigan GOP and alleges “numerous violations of the Michigan Campaign Finance Act” by the governor following his “four-day luxury trip” to visit to his father in the Sunshine. State.
Michigan Republican Party Executive Director Jason Cabel Roe told Fox News on Friday that Whitmer’s actions “around this secret luxury trip to Florida is just another example of his hypocrisy and leadership. incompetent throughout the pandemic “.
âRegardless of the governor’s purported safety concerns regarding commercial travel, she is not above the law and should be held accountable,â Roe continued.
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“Governor Whitmer has been recognized for her leadership during the pandemic and Republicans know it. That is why they have already spent half a million dollars and a lot of time and effort attacking her,” he told Fox News Michigan Democratic Party spokesperson Rodericka Applewhaite.
“These are just more partisan and false complaints about the MI GOP’s endless obstruction of Governor Whitmer’s successful handling of the pandemic, as they simultaneously did everything in their personal, professional and legislative capacities to do so. pull back Michigan, prolong the pandemic and complicate the recovery of our economy, âshe continued.
Complaint Alleges Whitmer “Used Private Gulfstream Jet” Supplied by Michigan Chemical Company PVS chemicals, and stressed that the governor’s team’s current position is “that the costs of luxury jets will either be paid for by the company” or by his campaign.
âRegardless of who pays for the trip, a clear violation of the [Michigan Campaign Finance Act] occurred which should immediately be investigated and sanctioned in order to deter future continuation of the respondents’ illegal activities, âthe complaint states.
The document details how Whitmer’s office contacted PVS Chemicals about the flight and her “four-day” trip, where she “failed to notify the Florida Department of Law Enforcement” or Palm Beach County authorities of her trip to see her father, which the complaint says Whitmer “admitted” was a personal trip through a lawyer.
“There is no doubt that Governor Whitmer’s trip to Florida was personal and not related to any official business or election activity,” the complaint states. “Governor Whitmer, through his attorney, admitted the trip to Florida was to ‘visit[ing] his father.'”
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Additionally, the complaint includes a legal analysis of the situation, claiming that while the Department of Justice and the United States Prosecutor’s Office “may be interested in investigating potential issues of honest service fraud.” Whitmer “requiring the use of a private jet from companies regulated by and doing business with the State of Michigan, the central question here for the Election Office is whether payment for Governor Whitmer’s personal travel by the campaign is authorized under the [Michigan Campaign Finance Act]. “
The legal analysis also rejects the Whitmer Campaign’s claim that the trip was an “incidental office expense”, that Whitmer could have taken a “prohibited corporate contribution” during the flight, and that his small payment of “$ 855 so far” for the theft that cost over $ 20,000 “has no legal relevance and in no way cures its blatant violation of Michigan law.”
“There is no other person or organization that should have paid for the governor’s luxury personal trip to Florida except Governor Whitmer herself,” the document said. “This is very clear in light of the many complaints filed against her and the organizations associated with this trip with various state and federal agencies.”
“We call on the Secretary of State to immediately investigate this conduct and to punish all responsible parties to the fullest extent of the law,” the complaint concludes.
This is not the first lawsuit filed against Whitmer for his controversial trip to Florida.
The Americans for Public Trust (APT) advocacy group filed an ethics complaint with the Michigan State Board of Ethics against Whitmer during the flight last month, alleging that the trip violated several aspects of the law. State of Michigan ethics, including the prohibition against receiving gifts and engaging in personal activities. because of his status as governor.
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Additionally, conservative advocacy group Michigan Rising Action filed an IRS complaint against Whitmer last month alleging the governor’s trip was outside the tax-exempt scope of its transitional organization which helped pay for the trip.
The governor also faces controversy over her handling of deaths in nursing homes in her state during the COVID-19 pandemic, where some say there is a “possibility” that she underestimated them. death.
Whitmer’s office and PVS Chemicals did not immediately respond to Fox News requests for comment.