FEC dismisses complaint against Bishop committee

Melissa Nann Burke
Detroit News Washington Bureau

Washington — The Federal Election Commission has dismissed a complaint against a fundraising committee formed by Republican U.S. Rep. Mike Bishop, deeming the matter a low priority after the committee filed three missing disclosure reports.

The Detroit News reported in November that Bishop’s leadership PAC, called the Making Bold Initiatives + Solutions to Help America, or M-BISH PAC, had failed to file any disclosure reports with the FEC since its creation in October 2016.

The committee filed three late reports the same day the article ran on Nov. 4, 2017, according to the FEC.

A resident of Bishop’s district later filed a complaint with the FEC alleging that M-BISH PAC, a leadership political action committee, had failed to file any reports for 13 months after its founding and that it had failed to disclose $1,000 in contributions.

The FEC last week dismissed the allegations, saying the matter was “low priority” for the commission in part because of the low amounts of money involved and the fact that Bishop’s committee had filed the reports at issue.

M-BISH PAC had informed the FEC that the $1,000 contribution, while made in June 2017, was not received until July 2017 and, therefore, was not subject to disclosure in the committee’s midyear report.

Bishop spokesman Stu Sandler said his comment on the November complaint held true that “it’s an absolutely bogus complaint,” and “There is no story here.”