Gov. Snyder

According to a report in Gongwer, legislation authorizing a candidate for state office to raise funds for Super PACs that can then spend those funds to help elect that candidate was signed into law by Gov. Rick Snyder.

Snyder said in a statement that SB 335 and SB 336 provide clear guidance on how the Department of State is to regulate independent expenditure committees.

“The Supreme Court of the United States ruled on this issue more than seven years ago, and still there has been confusion about how this decision affects Michigan law,” Snyder said in a statement referencing the Citizens United decision that legalized Super PACs at the federal level.

“Under the bills signed into law today, the Department of State finally has clear statutory authority to regulate independent expenditure committees, to mandate registration and reporting of contributions and expenditures, and to investigate and punish entities violating those regulations.”

Opponents of the new law say that it makes meaningless the limits on how much PACs and individuals can contribute to candidates’ committees.

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