|Rep. Bill Huizenga At GVSU (Photo by the GV Lanthorn)|
By Brandon Hall
(Email him at WestMiPolitics@Gmail.com)
As a campaign finance scandal of a different sort threatens the career of fellow Republican Congressman Aaron Schock of Illinois, Rep. Bill Huizenga-after over 10 years of delay-is getting his financial ducks in order with the Michigan Secretary of State.
WMP previously reported that Huizenga's "Huizenga House Fund" from his time as a State Representative, had over a dozen un-filed campaign finance reports from 2004-2009. Subsequently, I filed a complaint with the Secretary of State's office.
>>>Read the complaint to the Secretary of State HERE
On February 11, 2015, Huizenga or a representative met with the Secretary of State's office and filed the information required in the 14 outstanding reports.
On March 6, 2015, the Secretary of State requested Huizenga, because of his role as treasurer of the fund, provide an official affidavit saying his lack of disclosure of $14,000 worth of contributions was really an honest "oversight."
According to SOS documents, that $14,000 came from:
$6,000: Michigan Manufactured Housing PAC
$5,000: Robert Taubman
$2,500: Richard Haworth
$500: Auto Dealers of Michigan PAC
Of less importance: they also requested clarification regarding donations to another legislator, as Huizenga may have contributed $5,400 to Holly Hughes instead of the allowed $5,000.
I'll break the filing down later this week and make it easier to read for sure. I will also provide you with Rep. Huizenga's affidavit when it arrives, and any explanation he gives to other media outlets for these issues.
Brandon Hall is a lifelong political nerd from Grand Haven, and is the Managing Editor of West Michigan Politics.
Email him at WestMiPolitics@Gmail.com
|Photo By Darlene Dowling Thompson|