grand traverse http://michiganradio.org en Michigan Supreme Court to consider who should prosecute violations of the state's election laws http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-supreme-court-consider-who-should-prosecute-violations-states-election-laws <p>The Michigan Supreme Court will hear arguments tomorrow&nbsp;involving <a href="http://www.meijer.com/content/corporate.jsp?pageName=company">Meijer</a> officials who may have violated state campaign finance law.</p><p>The company financed a public relations campaign to kick out village trustees who opposed Meijer’s plans to build a new store in their community.&nbsp;&nbsp; The move may have violated Michigan’s campaign finance law, which bars corporations and their agents from making campaign contributions. The <a href="http://record-eagle.com/local/x2035756296/Meijer-submits-Acme-plan">Grand Traverse Eagle</a> has done a great job covering the case.&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;<a href="http://www.co.grand-traverse.mi.us/departments/Prosecuting_Attorney.htm">Alan Schneider</a> is Grand Traverse County Prosecutor.&nbsp; He’s wanted to pursue an investigation against the Meijer officials. &nbsp;But attorneys for the Meijer officials involved say only the Secretary of State’s office has the authority to prosecute campaign finance cases.&nbsp;&nbsp; Alan Schneider says the Michigan Supreme Court must decide who’s right.</p><blockquote><p><em>“If there’s a crime, that’s a state crime, we are obligated to prosecute.”&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</em></p></blockquote><p>The whole issue could be moot.&nbsp;&nbsp; Last year, <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Citizens_United_v._Federal_Election_Commission">the US Supreme Court struck down federal laws barring corporations from making political contributions.&nbsp; </a></p><p>Meanwhile, Meijer has paid millions of dollars in settlements to the state and the targeted village trustees. Thu, 20 Jan 2011 18:43:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 949 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan Supreme Court to consider who should prosecute violations of the state's election laws