After Two Separate Court Rulings, Secretary of State Still Refuses to Release Documents Related to Illegal Ads from Whitmer’s Non-profit

LANSING, MI – Democrat Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson still has not complied with the Court of Appeals ruling ordering the release of documents related to her office’s handling of the illegal coordination between then-candidate Gretchen Whitmer and her nonprofit. Today, the Michigan Freedom Fund repeated its demand that Benson comply with the court order and release the documents.

“Jocelyn Benson is refusing to follow the law and ignoring two separate court orders to release documents related to her handling of Gretchen Whitmer’s massive campaign finance violation,” said Tori Sachs, executive director of the Michigan Freedom Fund. “It has now been more than 1,000 days since I asked Secretary Benson to produce the documents, more than 300 days since the Court of Claims ruled against Benson and demanded she release the documents, and 21 days since the Court of Appeals upheld that court’s ruling. It is long past time for Jocelyn Benson to follow the law, and we are demanding the immediate release of these documents.”

The original Freedom of Information Act request was submitted to the Secretary of State on November 8, 2019. The Court of Claims ruled that Benson must release the documents on October 13, 2021, and the Court of Appeals upheld that court’s previous ruling on July 21, 2022. Despite the two court rulings, Benson is still withholding the documents that may detail her efforts to let Governor Whitmer and her political allies off the hook for breaking the law in the 2018 election.

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