Whitmer Hit with Ethics Complaint Over Controversial Private Fla. Flight

Today, Americans for Public Trust filed a complaint against Governor Gretchen Whitmer for violating state ethics laws and transparency, as reported by Fox News. In March, Governor Whitmer flew on a privately owned jet to Florida for personal reasons, not official business. In doing so, she violated state ethics laws that prohibit any state officer or employee from using their office for personal benefit. In this instance, she was able to use a private jet, that is actually not even licensed for charter flights. As details came out after the fact, it was clear that the Governor Whitmer was less than forthcoming about the details regarding the flight which included a complex payment scheme where a non-profit paid for a portion of the flight.

“The facts make it clear that Governor Whitmer violated multiple provisions of the State Ethics Act when she abused her position of power to fly on a private jet to Florida,” said APT executive director Caitlin Sutherland. “As an elected official, she is prohibited from using her public office to obtain anything of value. The lack of transparency from Governor Whitmer and her office is a disservice to Michiganders and I encourage the Attorney General to investigate immediately and impose the proper penalties.”

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To read the full complaint, here.