You continue to attempt to be provocative... https://www.freep.com/story/news/politics/elections/2021/10/15/whitmer-campaign-donations-benson/8469079002/
"Michigan Republican Party chairman Ron Weiser sued Benson, the state's top elections officer, over the donations in September. Weiser argued in federal court in Grand Rapids that the recall exception unconstitutionally disadvantages Republican donors such as himself, who are unable to give similar amounts to their preferred candidates for governor.
Others have questioned whether it is appropriate for Whitmer's campaign to cite the recall exception, saying that although language for several recall petitions have been filed against the governor, none appeared close to collecting the required number of signatures.In a Wednesday court filing in the suit filed by Weiser, Benson said through the Attorney General's Office that Whitmer gains no unfair advantage from the extra money her campaign has collected because any funds not spent fighting recalls must be returned to donors or donated to a political party or charity. Therefore, there is no basis for Weiser's suit, she said.
Also, under state law, no new recalls can be filed against Whitmer during the final year of her current four-year term, meaning the end of this year is the cut-off date for such efforts.
"As of this date, none of the recall petitions that have been approved have returned valid signatures within the required 180 days, and no new recall petitions have been approved since September of 2020," Benson said in the filing.
"If there are no additional recall petitions filed by Jan. 1, 2022, any possible recall effort will necessarily be considered 'concluded' because no new petitions could be filed. The governor would be required to disgorge any contributions received in excess of the MCFA (Michigan Campaign Finance Act) limits at that time — months before even the April 19, 2022, deadline for Republican gubernatorial candidates to file their nominating petitions."
Whitmer and Benson are both Democrats.
The recall exception invoked by the Whitmer campaign originated with a 1984 administrative ruling issued by former Michigan Secretary of State Richard Austin, a Democrat. He set out of some of his reasoning in a 1983 letter to a state Senate majority leader. Austin said that when a candidate is facing a recall, the donation limits do not apply because recall committees can accept unlimited donations from individuals.