An Introduction to the Michigan Legal Defense Fund Act
Public Act 288 of 2008, Michigan's Legal Defense Fund Act (LDFA),
was signed by the Governor on October 6, 2008 with immediate effect. The LDFA
was enacted to regulate and require reports for contributions and expenditures
made to assist elected officials in defending themselves against a criminal,
civil or administrative action arising directly out of the conduct of the
elected official's governmental duties.
The LDFA covers
public officials who are elected or appointed to state and local level elective
office. Public officials covered under the LDFA are referred to as "Elected
Officials." The LDFA does not regulate precinct delegates, certain school board
members and those elected or appointed to federal offices.