By: Mark Fitzgerald
Michigan Executive Gave Discounts To Mayoral Candidate
Roy S. Trahan II, the former publisher of the Cheboygan (Mich.) Daily Tribune, pleaded guilty last Tuesday to violating Michigan’s Campaign Finance Act by giving deep discounts on four campaign ads to one mayoral candidate last year while charging his opponent the paper’s standard rate.
In an agreement with the state attorney general’s office, Trahan pleaded guilty to one felony count and three other counts were dropped. Sentencing is set for May 7.
Trahan is now publisher of two Indiana dailies, The News-Gazette in Winchester and the News-Times in Hartford City. He did not return a phone message for comment.
Chris DeWitt, spokesman for the Michigan attorney general, said the case was unprecedented: “Fortunately for all concerned, including publishers, this is the only one I’ve ever heard of.”
Mark Fitzgerald (firstname.lastname@example.org) is editor at large for E&P.
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