GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Officials find that State Representative Roy Schmidt did not violate the Michigan Campaign Finance Act (MCFA).
The Michigan Department of State investigated Schmidt’s action after receiving a report from Kent County Prosecutor William Forsyth. Forsyth claimed that Schmidt had violated the MCFA by allegedly paying Matt Mojzak to run against Schmidt in the general election.
Although Schimdt may have planned to violate the MCFA, he did not because Mojzak rejected Rep. Schmidt’s offer when he withdrew from the race.
According to the Department of State, they found that although Rep. Schmidt’s campaign may have offered to give Mojzak $450, there was not sufficient enough evidence that the funds were actually transferred. Schmidt’s campaign allegedly increased the offer to $1,000 when Mojzak withdrew after originally filing for candidacy.
According to the Department of State, “The dismissal of this complaint must not be misconstrued as condoning Representative Schmidt’s actions.”