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Campaign Finance Complaint Process with Form
Michigan Campaign Finance Act
If you believe someone has violated the Michigan Campaign Finance Act (the MCFA), you may file a written complaint with the Department of State (the Department). The complaint must include all of the following:
A form for filing a complaint may be obtained by Clicking Here
The completed form should be sent to the following address:
Michigan Department of State
Bureau of Elections
Richard H. Austin Building ? 1st Floor
430 West Allegan Street
Lansing, Michigan 48918
Telephone: (517) 373-2540
If your complaint meets the above requirements, the Department will notify the alleged violator that a complaint has been filed. The notification will include a copy of your complaint. The alleged violator will have an opportunity to file a response. You will have an opportunity to file a rebuttal to any response. You and the alleged violator will receive periodic reports about the actions taken by the Department concerning your complaint.
If the Department finds no reason to believe that your allegations are true, your complaint will be dismissed.
If the Department finds that there may be reason to believe your allegations are true, the Department must attempt to correct the violation or prevent further violations by informal methods such as a conference, conciliation, or persuasion, and may enter into a conciliation agreement with the alleged violator.
If the Department is unable to correct the violation or prevent further violations informally, an administrative hearing may be held to determine whether a civil violation of the MCFA has occurred, or the matter may be referred to the Attorney General for the enforcement of criminal penalties. An administrative hearing could result in the assessment of a civil penalty. Such a hearing would be conducted in accordance with the Michigan Administrative Procedures Act. An order issued as a result of such a hearing may be appealed to the appropriate circuit court.
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