Perricone admits fund-raiser mistakeThe Detroit News, 6/18/99
By Mark Hornbeck / Detroit News Lansing Bureau
LANSING -- State House Speaker Chuck Perricone conceded Thursday that his office was improperly used to coax his Republican colleagues to attend a meeting with presidential candidate George W. Bush's Michigan campaign finance chairman.
Perricone sent House Republicans an interoffice memorandum dated Wednesday on his state letterhead urging them to attend a Thursday morning gathering with Bush operative Ron Weiser at a conference room at the Karoub Associates lobbying firm.
"I hope to see you there!" Perricone's memo implored.
Perricone's office followed up the memo with phone calls to lawmakers making sure they had received it.
At the meeting with legislators, Weiser made a plea for fund-raising and other campaign help for Bush.
The memo was sent to GOP caucus members less than a month after staff counsel Mike Gadola cautioned the same lawmakers that state campaign finance laws "prohibit the use of state funds, personnel, office space, supplies, etc. for political campaign purposes."
Asked by The Detroit News about his memo, Perricone said: "A mistake was made. I regret it. It's embarrassing.
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