LANSING, Mich. (Michigan News Source) – An op-ed piece in The Detroit News from the Executive Director of the Michigan Freedom Fund is demanding Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson release public documents submitted in a FOIA request nearly four years ago.

In the op-ed, Tori Sachs alleges that the documents are tied to Benson’s “handling of massive campaign finance violations by her political ally, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, and a nonprofit that illegally ran television ads supporting Whitmer’s campaign for governor in 2018.”

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The Michigan Court of Appeals ruled against Benson last week and required her office to release the documents to Michigan Rising Action, whom Sachs worked for previously and who filed the original FOIA for the documents.

Sachs says in her op-ed this is not the first time Benson has been “at the center of a transparency and campaign finance scandal.”

She writes, “In 2019, she earned criticism for shockingly high fees to fulfill FOIA requests. And earlier this year, she allowed Whitmer to launder millions of dollars in inappropriate campaign cash to the Michigan Democrat Party.”

Michigan News Source contacted Benson’s office, which responded, “We have no comment as we continue to review the ruling.”