Democrat Elissa Slotkin faces FEC complaint over Michigan apartment leased from campaign donor

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Rep. Elissa Slotkin faces a Federal Election Commission probe into a home she rented last year from a wealthy donor when running for reelection in Michigan, DailyMail.com can reveal.

Local media last year reported that she was renting a furnished property in Lansing from Jerry Hollister, a medical manufacturing business executive and donor to her campaign. She paid $2000 a month for the furnished apartment including utilities. 

Now the Committee to Defeat the President, a conservative Political Action Committee, says that she paid a below market price in a deal amounts to an in-kind campaign contribution that was never declared and exceeded donation limits.

‘The people of Michigan deserve much better than a two-faced politician like Slotkin, who tried to pull one over on her constituents to preserve her political career,’ said Ted Harvey, chairman of the group.¬†

‘As Slotkin now eyes a Senate seat, Michiganders would be wise to look elsewhere and demand accountability.’

Jerry Hollister, a medical manufacturing business executive and donor to the Slotkin campaign

Rep. Elaine Slotkin (D-Michigan) rented a home from Jerry Hollister, a medical manufacturing business executive and donor to her campaign, last year as she won reelection to the House

Slotkin's campaign said she paid $2000 a month for furnished condo with utilities. The Committee to Defeat the President said the fair market rent would have been much higher

Slotkin’s campaign said she paid $2000 a month for furnished condo with utilities. The Committee to Defeat the President said the fair market rent would have been much higher

The FEC has acknowledged receipt of the complaint and has begun the process of review.

Neither Slotkin nor Hollister responded to multiple requests for comment.

Slotkin went on to win reelection in November’s midterm elections.

On Monday, she announced that she will seek the Senate seat left vacant by fellow Democrat Debbie Stabenow’s decision not to run for reelection in 2024.

But that leaves her still facing questions about her House campaign, after she moved from her family home to take up residence inside the new, redistricted 7th Congressional District based around Lansing.

Property records reviewed by DailyMail.com show that Slotkin was listed living in a two-bedroom condo in Lansing from May last year.

That property is owned by Hollister, and his wife.

He is the director of government relations at Niowave,¬†manufacturer of medical radioisotopes, and who has given at least $1400 to Slotkin’s campaigns since 2018, according to federal filings.

'As campaign was legally required to include such in-kind contributions on Campaign's regular finance reports and failed to do so, Campaign has violated applicable campaign finance law,' reads the complaint filed with the Federal Election Commission last week

‘As campaign was legally required to include such in-kind contributions on Campaign’s regular finance reports and failed to do so, Campaign has violated applicable campaign finance law,’ reads the complaint filed with the Federal Election Commission last week

Property records show Slotkin was living in this town house in Lansing, Michigan from May last year. It is owned by Hollister and his wife

Property records show Slotkin was living in this town house in Lansing, Michigan from May last year. It is owned by Hollister and his wife

The Detroit News reported that Slotkin signed a seven-month lease that would run through the election. 

Amid a furore about whether her residency was a stunt, the campaign said she had opted for a short-term deal because of the fast-moving, inflated market.

And the campaign said Slotkin was paying a fair-market rate for the furnished condo: $2,000 a month including utilities.

But a fair rent for the 1840sq ft two-bedroom town house in Lansing is estimated by market listing site Zillow as $1850 back in 2020.

In its complaint, The Committee to Defeat the President estimates that a fair market rent in 2022, including furnishings and utilities, for the property would be more like $2600.

‘As campaign was legally required to include such in-kind contributions on Campaign’s regular finance reports and failed to do so, Campaign has violated applicable campaign finance law,’ reads the complaint.¬†

It also alleges that Hollister exceeded donation limits. 

‘Slotkin’s acceptance of in-kind monthly contributions from Hollister for her personal residence … resulted in Hollister exceeding applicable contribution limits for the 2021/22 election cycle,’ it says.¬†

And it all amounted to personal use of campaign funds, the complaint alleges.

‘Not withstanding the fact campaign funds are not believed to have been withdrawn from the Campaign’s bank account to pay for Slotkin’s personal residence, Slotkin has nevertheless engaged in personal use of campaign contributions by accepting a monthly in-kind contribution in the form of a monthly rental rate for her personal residence, furnishings and utility payments …’ it says.¬†