LANSING, Mich. (Michigan News Source) – A group that twice won court battles over the last four years that ruled Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson must release public campaign finance documents is continuing to demand that Benson listen to the courts.
An op-ed piece in The Detroit News published last week from Tori Sachs, Executive Director of the Michigan Freedom Fund, stressed that Benson must release public documents submitted in the years-old FOIA request.
In the op-ed, Sachs says 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.”
As of Tuesday, Benson’s office had not responded to the court’s ruling. Her office told Michigan News Source, “We have no comment as we continue to review the ruling.”
“It is concerning that there’s a repeated pattern with statewide elected officials that are not following the law or abiding by court rulings,” Sachs told Michigan News Source. “They think one set of rules and laws applies to them and another set of stricter laws are for everyone else. We need elected officials on the side of the people and not hiding things.”
Kristina Karamo, a Republican running to unseat Benson, spoke on “The Steve Gruber Show” on Tuesday morning.
“[Benson] has been failing at her job,” Karamo said. “We held a press conference Monday saying how she’s violating the law and suppressing poll challengers’ rights. She’s slightly petty and decided to announce a press conference an hour after mine creating the pretense that they’ll be arresting people if they are disruptive on election day.”
GOP delegates selected Karamo as their candidate in the Secretary of State race at a convention in April. Both she and Benson will sit out Tuesday’s primary but will square off on November 8.