LEGAL DEFENSE FUND ACT (EXCERPT)
Act 288 of 2008
15.525 Statement of organization; filing; information; amended statement; late filing fee; failure to file statement; dissolution.Sec. 5.
(1) An elected official who is the beneficiary of a legal defense fund shall file a statement of organization with the secretary of state within 10 days after the earlier of the date the legal defense fund first receives a contribution or first makes an expenditure of a contribution.
(2) A statement of organization required by this section shall include all of the following information:
(a) The name, street address, and telephone number of the legal defense fund. The name of the legal defense fund shall include the first and last names of the elected official who is the beneficiary of the legal defense fund and the words "legal defense fund".
(b) The name, street address, and telephone number of the individual designated as the treasurer of the legal defense fund.
(c) The name and address of the financial institution in which money of the legal defense fund is or is intended to be deposited.
(d) The full name of and office held by the elected official who is the beneficiary of the legal defense fund.
(e) A description of the criminal, civil, or administrative action arising directly out of the conduct of the elected official's duties for which a contribution to or expenditure from the legal defense fund was made.
(3) If any of the information required in a statement of organization under this section changes, the legal defense fund shall file an amended statement of organization when the next transaction report under section 7 is required to be filed.
(4) An elected official who fails to file a statement of organization as required by this section shall pay a late filing fee of $10.00 for each business day the statement remains unfiled. A late filing fee shall not exceed $300.00. An elected official who fails to file a statement of organization under this subsection is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment for not more than 93 days or a fine of not more than $1,000.00, or both.
(5) When a legal defense fund is dissolved, the elected official shall file a statement of dissolution with the secretary of state, in the form required by the secretary of state, and shall return any unexpended funds to the contributor of the funds or forward the unexpended funds to the state treasurer for deposit into the general fund of the state or to the state bar of Michigan for deposit into the state bar of Michigan client protection fund.
History: 2008, Act 288, Imd. Eff. Oct. 6, 2008
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