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State Looking Into Bernero's Campaign

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LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) - The Michigan Secretary of State's office is looking into Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero's campaign after someone complained about a couple of contributions.

According to records obtained by 6 News, the Bernero campaign paid staffers Chris Breznau $3,200 and Elizabeth Hart $2,600 on Friday, June 14th.

Then, on Monday, June 17th, the pair donated $1,000 each to the campaign of city councilwoman Kathie Dunbar. Dunbar has long been a supporter of Bernero.

And according to records from the Secretary of State, Breznau had never received more than $1,800 before June 14th and Hart never got more than than $600.

According to Michigan election law, it's illegal to make payments to people "with the agreement or arrangement" that the person will then contribute it to a candidate or committee.

The complaints are just allegations, and no one has proven any wrongdoing on the part of the Bernero campaign. But a staffer at the Michigan Secretary of State's office - which oversees elections and campaign finance - says there's enough evidence for them to look into the matter.

The Secretary of State's office sent a letter to Bernero, Breznau, and Hart telling them about the allegations and asking them to respond.

Bernero and the others have until October 31st to respond to the Secretary of State's office, but the mayor told 6 News in an e-mail today that while he doesn't believe a mistake was made, he is "reviewing the concerns raised and will provide a timely response. If there is an issue, I will work with the Secretary of State's office to resolve it."

He also described the complaint as an "11th hour negative campaign tactic."

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