Weiser tries to ‘spin the truth’ on $ 200,000 settlement
The former Michigan Republican Party chairman fired a Twitter salvo on the current GOP chairman on Saturday, claiming he was trying to “spin the truth” on a settlement deal to resolve a campaign finance complaint.
Michigan GOP on Friday agreed to pay $ 200,000 to resolve campaign finance complaint claiming State President Ron Weiser used $ 200,000 of party funds to bribe 2018 Secretary of State candidate Stan Grot to drop out of the race.
Former state GOP chair Laura Cox made allegations against Weiser in February when she sent a letter to the Michigan Bureau of Elections on behalf of her party stating a “possible campaign finance violation Had happened.
This sparked an investigation by the office of Democratic Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson, which ended on Friday with the conciliation agreement.
The Michigan GOP released a statement from Weiser on Friday, which said litigation costs would have exceeded the payment of $ 200,000, and that he would pay the money out of his own pocket to the party so he could pay the fine at the secretary of state’s office. .
Weiser added that he was “happy to end the sad and reckless actions of Laura Cox which needlessly pushed the Michigan Republican Party into a politicized investigation designed to hurt Republicans in 2022 and thwart electoral reform efforts.”
Cox Saturday hit back with a double-barreled tweet.
“President Weiser and (the Michigan GOP) can tell the truth (in a holiday weekend news dump) whatever they want, but that doesn’t erase what they’ve done,” he said. she tweeted. “It was wrong for (the GOP) to be involved in the SOS race, let alone any race. MRP deceived the delegates / voters and its principles by doing so.
In his second tweet, Cox wrote: “Attacking my decision to do the right thing won’t mask the fact that this was one of the biggest fines in MI history, either. I hope our hard-working delegates, volunteers and voters can have confidence that this will not happen again. They deserve that promise from Weiser.
Grot of Shelby Township, retired from running for Secretary of State on August 17, 2018, a week before the party convention. He said “family obligations, the schedule and the general political atmosphere” had motivated his decision.
Grot was competing for the GOP nomination with Mary Treder Lang, a businesswoman from Grosse Pointe Farms.
The Secretary of State’s office estimated that “there may be reason to believe” that the $ 200,000 in payments to Grot violated campaign finance law because, according to the agreement, they were supposed to influence the race for the post of secretary of state. Under the electoral law, public disclosure is required of expenses that directly benefit a candidate’s campaign.
Cox lost his attempt to beat Weiser in the leadership election after filing a lawsuit against him.