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What Can Mayoral Dropout Bernero Do With The $73K Left In His Campaign Coffers?


Virg Bernero dropped out of the race for Lansing mayor this spring because of sexual harassment allegations. But he still has more than 73,000 dollars left in his campaign coffers, but here are some details on what Bernero could do with that money.

Bernero did not respond to questions from WKAR about his plans for the leftover funds.

But there are several options legally available to him. After paying campaign debts, the Democratic politician could donate to a nonprofit of his choice. Or he could give money to another candidate’s campaign committee. As Ingham County Clerk Barb Byrum explains, there are limits to making those kinds of donations.

“It's only permitted if it's for a fundraiser ticket up to $100 per candidate per election cycle.”

If Bernero does not want to dissolve his account, he could keep the money sitting in the bank and potentially use it for another run for office. Bernero was Lansing’s mayor from 2006 through 2017.