(RoyalPatriot.com )- Embattled Wisconsin Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s flight to Florida is still causing trouble for her.
Last week, the Michigan Republican Party filed a complaint against the Democrat star alleging that this 4-day trip to visit her father amounted to “numerous violations” of Michigan’s Campaign Finance Act.
Calling the trip by private plane an example of Whitmer’s hypocrisy and “incompetent leadership,” Michigan GOP executive director Jason Cabel told Fox News that Whitmer “isn’t above the law” and she must be held accountable.
The complaint alleges that Whitmer flew to Florida on a private Gulfstream jet provided by PVS Chemicals that was either paid by campaign funds or by PVS Chemicals itself. No matter which is the case, the complaint claims, this flight’s cost violates the Michigan Campaign Finance Act and should be investigated fully. The claim adds that if the investigation proves illegal activity, Whitmer should face consequences.
Central to the complaint is Whitmer’s claim that the trip to Florida was “personal travel” and whether it is permissible for her campaign to pay for a personal expense under election law.
Likewise the complaint counters Whitmer’s claim that the $855 payment for a flight that costs over $20,000 was an “incidental office expense.” According to the complaint, the small payment “does not in any way cure her clear violation of Michigan law.”
The complaint from the Michigan Republican Party is only one of several filed against Whitmer over this trip to Florida.
Americans for Public Trust filed an ethics complaint with the Michigan State Board of Ethics alleging the expenses for this flight violate the state’s prohibitions against receiving gifts or exploiting her status as Governor to engage in personal activities.
The conservative group Michigan Rising filed a complaint with the IRS in May claiming because the governor’s transition organization helped pay for the trip, it violated the organization’s tax-exempt status.
But her personal trip to Florida isn’t the only investigation Whitmer is facing.
Last week, while testifying before the Michigan House Oversight Committee, Director of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Elizabeth Hertel admitted that the state’s official count of COVID deaths in nursing homes and long-term care facilities “could be low.”
Following Hertel’s testimony, State House Oversight Chair Steve Johnson called for the Auditor General to investigate the data and determine the true number of COVID deaths in nursing homes.