Sheriff resolves complaint about 2018 campaign ad appearance

May 2, 2019

HOWELL, Mich. (AP) — A sheriff has paid $200 to resolve a complaint about him appearing in a 2018 commercial for the Republican candidate for Michigan governor.

Livingston County Sheriff Michael Murphy was in the TV ad in support of Bill Schuette, who lost in November .

Judith Daubenmier, chairwoman of the Livingston County Democratic Party, had alleged Murphy violated Michigan’s Campaign Finance Act by appearing in the commercial in uniform with a department vehicle. Murphy argued he was exercising his Constitutional right to free speech.

The Michigan Secretary of State’s office ruled Murphy committed a “potential violation.” An agreement to resolve the complaint had Murphy pay $100 to Livingston County and $100 to the state.

Murphy says he didn’t think he violated any law and he also reimbursed the county $585 for attorney fees.