New Emails Reveal GOP House Candidate Beth Griffin Knew She Was Breaking Campaign Finance Rules When She Used Government Resources To Campaign

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News from The Michigan Democratic Party

Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Contact: Paul Kanan, 517.371.5410; pkanan@michigandems.com

New Emails Reveal GOP House Candidate Beth Griffin Knew She Was Breaking Campaign Finance Rules When She Used Government Resources To Campaign
Van Buren County Commissioner Has Repeatedly Abused Government Funds While Running for Office

LANSING — New emails unearthed by the Michigan Democratic Party reveal that GOP House candidate Beth Griffin was aware that she was breaking campaign finance rules when she decided to use her Van Buren County Commissioner email to campaign as the Republican nominee for the 66th State House District.

In September, the MDP filed a complaint with the Michigan Secretary of State against Griffin for violating the Campaign Finance Act by improperly using government funds to further her run for office. Recently uncovered emails, however, reveal that Griffin’s decision to fundraise with her government email was not a foolish oversight, but rather a fully acknowledged and repeated shirking of the law.

In a November 2015 email, Griffin wrote that she knew she should not use “county” emails for campaigning because this is “not kosher.” This admission highlights the fact that Griffin knew what she was doing was wrong, and yet did it anyway.

“Using Michigan taxpayer dollars to fundraise and organize a political campaign is bad enough. Doing it, with full acknowledgement that it’s “not kosher” is deplorable,” said Brandon Dillon, Michigan Democratic Party Chair. “Beth Griffin clearly thinks this is how business in Lansing works under Republicans, and the taxpayers need to tell her they’re not okay with this abuse of power and the public trust.”

For a recap, the MDP’s complaint that was filed in September states that:

● Griffin improperly used public funds to further her nomination and election, and the nomination and election of other state representative candidates, by sending campaign-related emails using her Van Buren County Commission email address.

● Griffin sought campaign contributions using public resources. This is a direct violation of Section 57 of MCFA, MCL 169.257.

● Griffin made numerous instances of express advocacy from her county-provided email address account. This is a direct violation of Section 57 of MCFA, MCL 169.257.

● Griffin used her email to gauge support for her campaign in direct violation of Section 57 of the MCFA. MCL 169.257.

The MDP’s complaint filed with the Secretary of State, which includes a log of all incidents, is attached. The MDP is calling for immediate action and enforcement of the law by the Secretary of State. The MDP will be updating their complaint with the new email chain showing Griffin knew she was violating the law.

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