Court of Claims Ruling Against Secretary of State Benson a Win for Conservatives

Jocelyn Benson Compelled to Release Documents Related to Whitmer Campaign Finance Scandal

LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan Court of Claims ruled against Jocelyn Benson for attempting to hide her handling of the Gretchen Whitmer and Build a Better Michigan campaign finance scandal of 2018 in a major win for conservatives in Michigan.

The Detroit News reports: Michigan SOS must release documents on deal with pro-Whitmer group, court says

“Court of Claims Judge Christopher Murray ruled the Democratic secretary of state’s office had improperly withheld some documents…
“The ruling could shed additional light on the behind-the-scenes discussions that led to Build a Better Michigan agreeing in 2019 to a $37,500 settlement for its violations, a total that many Republicans argued was far too small because the group had spent more then $2 million on TV ads promoting Whitmer, at the time, a Democratic candidate for governor.”
Tori Sachs, a plaintiff in the suit, and now the executive director of the Michigan Freedom Fund issued the following statement:

“The Court of Claims has ruled in our favor agreeing that it’s time for Jocelyn Benson to come clean and release public documents related to her handling of the Gretchen Whitmer campaign finance scandal from 2018.
“Benson has spent the last two years hiding documents from Michigan voters and using taxpayer dollars to defend the secrecy in court. The Secretary of State has been hiding public records about her handling of campaign finance violations committed by Whitmer’s campaign allies but she won’t get away with it. The Court’s ruling is a positive step to help tear the curtain back on the secret deal between Benson and Whitmer. Michiganders deserve the truth.”

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