LANSING – Governor Rick Snyder used his staff and local county governments to send out invitations to a fundraiser for the Grand Traverse County Republican Party –according to the Traverse City Record Eagle.
One of the Governor’s U.P. – based staffers sent an email encouraging local government officials to attend the fundraiser before the Cherry Festival. According to the article, the Michigan Supreme Court recently determined that any “taxpayer-funded keystroke” for political fundraising violates state law. Yet, the GOP Grand Traverse County Prosecutor Alan Schneider told the paper he won’t take any action. Schneider has donated nearly $1,000 to the same county party that would be the beneficiary of the fundraiser.
“This is a clear violation of state law and those involved should be held accountable,” Michigan Democratic Party Chair Mark Brewer said. “Using state resources to raise political funds is illegal and for the county prosecutor to ignore it is irresponsible and reprehensible. Are Republicans above the law in Grand Traverse County?”
“We call for an immediate investigation by Attorney General Bill Schuette into the matter and for the county prosecutor to recuse himself due to his conflict of interest,” added Brewer. “These violations cannot go unpunished. Even Snyder’s spokeswoman called these actions, ‘a serious lack of judgment.’ We need to get to the bottom of this – who authorized this illegal activity in the Governor’s office and who knew about it?”