No Transparency, No Answers, and No Compliance after Benson Continues to Hide Documents

LANSING, MI – More than a month has gone by since the Court of Appeals ruled against Jocelyn Benson, yet the Democrat Secretary of State still refuses to comply with the order to release documents related to her handling of the illegal coordination between then-candidate Gretchen Whitmer and her nonprofit.

The Michigan Freedom Fund is again demanding that Jocelyn Benson comply with the court’s order and release the documents relating to her office’s handling of massive campaign finance violations by Governor Gretchen Whitmer and Build a Better Michigan, a nonprofit that illegally spent more than $2 million on television ads supporting Whitmer’s campaign for governor in 2018. 

“We are once again demanding that Jocelyn Benson produce the documents related to Gretchen Whitmer’s campaign finance violation for illegal coordination with Build a Better Michigan, as two separate courts have ordered her to do,” said Tori Sachs, executive director of the Michigan Freedom Fund. “Long wait times are normal at Secretary of State branches under Benson, but the people of Michigan have been waiting for more than a month now for the Secretary of State to comply with the Court of Appeals ruling. Jocelyn Benson, release the documents!”

Benson refuses to comply with court orders or respond to demands to release 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. It has now been 1,018 days since the original Freedom of Information Act request, 313 days since the Court of Claims ruled that Benson must release the documents, and 32 days since the Court of Appeals upheld that court’s previous ruling.

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