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Complaint Process:
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:
Arrow Your name, address and telephone number.
Arrow The alleged violator's name and address.
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A description in reasonable detail of the alleged violation, including the section or sections of the MCFA you believe were violated, and explanation of how you believe the MCFA was violated, and any other pertinent information.

Arrow Evidence which supports your allegations.
Arrow A certification that:
To the best of your knowledge, information, and belief, formed after a reasonable inquiry under the circumstances, each factual contention of the complaint is supported by evidence
Arrow However, in addition, if after a reasonable inquiry under the circumstances, you are unable to certify that certain specifically identified factual contentions of the complaint are supported by evidence, you may also certify that:
Arrow To the best of your knowledge, information, or belief, there are grounds to conclude that those specifically identified factual contentions are likely to be supported by evidence after a reasonable opportunity for further inquiry.
Arrow Your signature immediately after the certification or certifications.
 
If you wish to have your complaint considered, it must include all of the above information. The Department may dismiss your complaint if any item is not included, or if the complaint is
determined to be frivolous, illegible, or indefinite. If the complaint is dismissed, both you and the alleged violator will be notified.

A form for filing a complaint may be obtained from the Bureau of Elections, P.O.Box 20126, Lansing, MI 48901-0726, or on the Department's web site at http://www.,michigan.gov/sos/.

The completed form should be sent to the following address:
 
Michigan Department of State
Legal and Regulatory Service Administration
Richard H. Austin Building - 4th Floor
430 West Allegan Street
Lansing, MI 48918
Telephone: (517) 241 - 3463
 
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.
 
WARNING: Section 15(8) of the MCFA (MCL 169.215) provides that a person who files a complaint with a false certification is responsible for a civil violation of the MCFA. Under section 15(14) of the MCFA (MCL 169.215), the Secretary of State may require a person who files a complaint with a false certification to:
Arrow Pay the Department some or all of the expenses incurred by the Department as a direct result of the filing of the complaint.
Arrow Pay the alleged violator some or all of the expenses, including, but not limited to, reasonable attorney fees, incurred by that person as a direct result of the filing of the complaint.
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Pay a civil fine of up to $1,000.00.

 
If you have any question about the complaint process, please write or call the Legal and Regulatory Service Administration.
 
2 Woodward Avenue,  Suite 502, Coleman A. Young Municipal Center, Detroit, MI 48226      Phone: 313-224-2380      Fax: 313-224-6424