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Michigan House considers bill to close campaign finance loophole

Joseph A.

A bill before the Michigan House Elections and Ethics committee would clarify campaign finance rules for when an elected official is facing a recall petition.

It would require campaigns to create a separate committee to accept those donations. And it would set contribution limits.

"If just makes sense that if there is an effort—when a petition to try to recall an elected official that any funding used to either support or prevent it should be in a separate fund." said Democratic state Representative Abraham Aiyash. He sees it as common-sense reform.

Schor says her department is willing to work with lawmakers on the bill.

The issue gained attention last year when Governor Gretchen Whitmer used a 19-80s ruling to fundraise heavily in the face of multiple recall petitions.