Pending Rulings/Statements

Date filed:             6/28/2021

Requestor:           Robert LaBrant

Questions Presented:        

(1)  Whether a political party committee, as defined in MCL 169.211(6) may maintain an administrative fund, which may accept funding and make disbursements that fall outside the regulatory scope of the MCFA, i.e., issue ads that do not expressly advocate the nomination and election of a candidate? See MCL 169.206 (2)(j).

(2) Whether such a political party committee administrative fund is a "person" for the purposes of MCL 169.211(2) and may make contributions to a ballot question committee as defined in MCL 169.202(3)?

(3)  Whether a political party committee administrative fund which receives or expends $500.00 or more in a calendar year, for the "qualification, passage, or defeat of a ballot question," is required to register itself as a ballot question committee as required by MCL 169.224 and file disclosure statements as required by  MCL 169.234?      

(4)  Whether a state central political party committee administrative fund may make disbursements to a county or district political party committee administrative fund paying or reimbursing  them for ballot question petition circulation?           

(5)  Whether a state central, county or district political party committee administrative fund who each receives or expends $500.00 or more in a calendar year to fund its ballot question petition circulation activities is required to register itself as a ballot question committee and file periodic disclosure statements?

(6) If  political party administrative funds provide the funding for petition signature collection, under what circumstances, if any,  will a political party administrative fund  be allowed to avoid registering as a ballot question committee and disclosing its contributors and expenditures?

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