Judge tosses GOP challenge to exception for recall donations

Posted at 1:15 PM, Jan 06, 2022
and last updated 2022-01-06 13:15:06-05

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A federal judge has dismissed Republicans’ lawsuit challenging the ability of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s reelection campaign to collect excess donations under an exception for recall attempts, saying they lack standing to sue.

District Judge Janet Neff in Grand Rapids ruled this week that state GOP chairman Ron Weiser and the party failed to show they had suffered a “concrete and particularized injury.”

Republicans will appeal. At issue is roughly $4 million in contributions to Whitmer that exceeded the $7,150 per-person limit.

The funds not spent on litigation or other recall-defense activities can be given to political parties or charities.