Anthony Marrocco fined $125 for using public resources in re-election campaign

By John Steckroth - Digital news editor
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MACOMB COUNTY, Mich. - Six-term public works commissioner Anthony V. Marrocco violated election law  by using public resources in his re-election campaign, the Macomb County Ethics Board ruled Wednesday.

Marrocco, a Democrat, was fined $125.

The complaint, filed by Macomb Township resident and county commission candidate Leon Drolet, said Marrocco violated the county ethics ordinance when he used the Chapoton Pump Station in Saint Clair Shores to film commercials promoting his re-election campaign.

The ordinance says:

Public servants shall not engage in political campaign activities using county property or during time in which they are performing official duties.” (Section 2.8(1) of Macomb County Ethics Ordinance)

Marrocco is running against U.S. Rep. Candice Miller (R–MI 10th) and in a race that is shaping up as one of the most talked about and expensive campaigns in the country. The job pays $110,000 a year, but between the two sides, nearly 20 times that amount will be spent, or an estimated $1 million each.

READ: Race for Michigan county’s public works seat draws millions in campaign financing

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