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Dems Concerned About FEC Fine Fallout

The RGA attempted to connect it to Whitmer.

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June 12, 2017, 10:32 a.m.

“The $500,000 fine levied against the Michigan Demo­crat­ic Party by the Fed­er­al Elec­tion Com­mis­sion” Fri­day “had Re­pub­lic­ans re­act­ing with de­fi­ance … and Demo­crats wor­ried about the 2018 elec­tion cycle.” The RGA noted that former state Sen­ate Minor­ity Lead­er Gretchen Whit­mer (D) “used at­tor­ney Mark Brew­er, who was chair­man of the state party dur­ing the time of the bingo op­er­a­tions.” Whit­mer’s “cam­paign said as soon as she found out about the bingo fine last month, she switched law firms to Per­kins Coie” to, ac­cord­ing to a spokes­man, “en­sure there’s a fo­cus on our needs.”

“Demo­crats privately wor­ried that the FEC fine would harm the party’s cred­ib­il­ity and not only cut off a big source of cash for the party, but hurt its abil­ity to raise money for the up­com­ing elec­tion cycle.” (De­troit Free Press)

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