Monday, April 13, 2015

Judgment Day: Huizenga May Be Investigated By Attorney General Schuette Over Campaign Finance Drama

Attorney General Bill Schuette

By Brandon Hall
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Most Michiganders are dreading Wednesday this week, "Tax Day," the deadline to square up with the IRS on taxes. 

In Zeeland, Congressman Bill Huizenga faces a different deadline: Tuesday is the last day he can explain campaign finance law discrepancies to the Michigan Secretary of State's office.

Rep. Bill Huizenga
The controversy surrounds a missing $900 worth of donations Huizenga allegedly made. Huizenga originally blamed campaign software for the issue, but the Secretary of State's office rebuked Huizenga in a letter, saying that was not true, demanding Huizenga account for the money.

Huizenga says $900 from his "Huizenga House Fund" was given to Holly Hughes in 2008, but her records don't show she ever received it. Subsequently, the $900 never reappears in Huizenga's coffers... 

According to my phone call today with Secretary of State officials, if Huizenga can't account for what happened to the $900 by the April 14th deadline, the Secretary of State will send the case to Attorney General Bill Schuette's office for a full investigation.

Huizenga recently filed an affidavit under penalty of perjury swearing problems with his PAC campaign account were accidental oversights. 

Until a complaint was filed in early January, Huizenga failed to file 14 reports, some as old as 10 years, between 2004-2009. He also failed to identify 6 contributors who donated $14,000 to his PAC.

Stay tuned...Read more about this issue below:

 Detroit News: Huizenga's PAC asked to explain funding errors

Holland Sentinel: U.S. Rep. Huizenga clearing up campaign discrepancies — from 2008

WMP: Developing: Rep. Huizenga Responds To Campaign Finance Controversies After Meeting With Secretary of State Officials

Complaint Filed With SOS

WMP: Breaking: Rep. Huizenga's Super Shady State House Finance Issues Remain Unresolved 10 Years Later

Brandon Hall is a lifelong political nerd from Grand Haven, and is the Managing Editor of West Michigan Politics.
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Photo By Darlene Dowling Thompson

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