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Declaratory Rulings and Interpretive Statements

Declaratory Rulings, Interpretive Statements, and Attorney General Opinions

Section 15(2) of the Michigan Campaign Finance Act, 1976 P.A. 388, as amended, allows an interested person to request a declaratory ruling from the Department of State. The Department will issue a ruling only if a person has provided an actual statement of facts. A declaratory ruling is binding on the Department and the requestor.

Information on requesting a declaratory ruling can be found in Appendix X of the Campaign Finance Manual.

If the Department declines to issue a declaratory ruling, it must issue an interpretive statement. An interpretive statement is an informal response to a question that may be relied upon for general guidance, but it is not binding on either the Department or the requestor.

The Department of State will electronically notify interested persons when a new request, proposed response, or final ruling has been posted to this site. Interested persons may submit written comments by e-mail, fax, or mail to both the new request and the proposed response. Any person requesting to receive such notification should send an e-mail to the Michigan Department of State, Bureau of Elections at

The table accessed at Summary and Full Text of Rulings also includes Attorney General opinions that address the Michigan Campaign Finance Act. Information on Attorney General opinions can be found on the website of the Attorney General.

Pending Declaratory Ruling/Interpretive Statement Requests

Summary and Full Text of Rulings