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State House Speaker Jase Bolger campaigns with Governor, brushes aside campaign finance complaints

Steve Carmody
Michigan Radio

State House Speaker Jase Bolger spent today campaigning with Governor Rick Snyder.

Bolger is facing a potentially close vote next Tuesday in his southern Michigan state House district.

Jase Bolger has been dogged by allegations his office violated state campaign finance laws, when he helped facilitate a last minute party switch by a west Michigan state lawmaker earlier this year.

This week, the Secretary of State dismissed the complaints lodged against Bolger by Democratic Party leaders.   Bolger says that shows the allegations were ‘baseless’.   Democrats complain the Republican Secretary of State protected the Republican lawmaker. 

Previously, the state Board of Elections also dismissed complaints against Bolger.  But a grand jury is still investigating the allegations in Ingham County.

Brushing aside the allegations of violating state campaign finance laws, Bolger says the bigger issue he’s facing is from the ‘negative’ ads Democrats are running against him.   But he says his constituents are backing him.

“As we continue to knock doors….we continue to receive encouragement,” says Bolger.

Polls have shown a close race between Bolger and Democratic candidate Bill Farmer in the district that covers parts of Kalamazoo and Calhoun Counties.

Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Public since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting.
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