• February 14, 2012

    Roy Schmidt filed an Affidavit of Identity to run in Democratic Primary. (Complaint and Petition for Expedited Investigation by a Judicial Officer)
  • May 3, 2012

    Roy Schmidt and Jase Bolger agreed that Schmidt would switch parties and file to run in Republican Primary. (Complaint and Petition for Expedited Investigation by a Judicial Officer)
  • May 3, 2012

    Roy Schmidt signed Affidavit of Identity to run in Republican Primary, agreed not to file until the filing deadline and agreed to find a fraudulent candidate to oppose him. Bolger staffer Michelle Lynn McQuiston notarized Schmidt’s signature in Bolger’s Capitol office. (Complaint and Petition for Expedited Investigation by a Judicial Officer)
  • May 11, 2012

    Roy Schmidt holds a fundraiser as a Democratic candidate. (“Former state representative questions Rep. Roy Schmidt’s motives,” WGVU, June 5, 2012)
  • May 13, 2012

    Roy Schmidt solicited the assistance of his son, Ryan Schmidt, in finding a person to file an Affidavit of Identity to be a candidate in the Democratic Primary. Schmidt offered his son $900 to find a person that would file as a fraudulent candidate. (Complaint and Petition for Expedited Investigation by a Judicial Officer)
  • May 13, 2012

    Ryan Schmidt offered Matthew Mojzak $450 to file as a candidate in the Democratic Primary. (Forsyth Report)
  • May 14, 2012

    Roy Schmidt, Ryan Schmidt and Matthew Mojzak agreed that Mojzak would change his address to his grandmother’s home, which was in the 76th House District. (Complaint and Petition for Expedited Investigation by a Judicial Officer)
  • May 14, 2012

    Roy Schmidt and Jase Bolger exchanged text messages and phone calls regarding Schmidt’s party switch and his recruitment of a fake opponent. Click link for Schmidt-Bolger text message exchange. (Forsyth Report)
  • May 14, 2012

    Ryan Schmidt gave Matthew Mojzak the $100 filing fee. (Forsyth Report)
  • May 15, 2012

    Roy Schmidt and Ryan Schmidt met Matthew Mojzak at an office of the Secretary of State and Mojzak changed his driver’s license address and voter registration to the in-district address. Mojzak signed his Affidavit of Identity, which Roy Schmidt had prepared, in the presence of a notary. Despite knowing that the affidavit contained several false statements, Roy Schmidt took Mojzak’s notarized affidavit and $100 money order filing fee to Lansing and delivered to Phil Browne, deputy chief of staff to Bolger. Click link to see Schmidt-Bolger text message exchange. (Forsyth Report)
  • May 15, 2012

    Phil Browne drove from Lansing to Grand Rapids and filed the filing fee and documents with the Kent County Elections Director. Click link to see Schmidt-Bolger text exchange. (Forsyth Report)
  • May 15, 2012

    Lisa Posthumus Lyons texted instructions from Jase Bolger to Roy Schmidt. Click link for Lisa Posthumus Lyons text message. (“Read text message exchange between Lisa Posthumous Lyons and Roy Schmidt, post-party switch,” Grand Rapids Press, August 21, 2012)
  • May 16, 2012

    Because of media scrutiny, which he had apparently not anticipated, Roy Schmidt told Ryan Schmidt to offer to pay Mojzak $1,000 if he would remain on the ballot, and Ryan Schmidt conveyed this offer to Mojzak. (Forsyth Report)
  • May 16, 2012

    On May 16, 2012 -- Roy Schmidt offered his son $1,000 for his help in the scheme and then got a check for $2,000 from his committee account, made out to Ryan, to make these two payments. Roy Schmidt visited Mojzak at his place of employment and asked him not to talk to the media. (Forsyth Report) Roy Schmidt told the Grand Rapids Press of Mojzak: “I’ve never met him.” Jase Bolger told MIRS of Mojzak: “I don’t know much about him except what I am reading.” Attorney General Bill Schuette texted Roy Schmidt. Schuette: “Roy. Bill Schuette here. Call when you can.”
  • May 17, 2012

    Matthew Mojzak withdrew his fraudulent candidacy. (Complaint and Petition for Expedited Investigation by a Judicial Officer)
  • May 18, 2012

    A.J. Schmidt, Roy’s nephew, contacted Mojzak to convey an offer from his uncle to provide legal representation at no expense to Mojzak and tell him “you made the mistake about 22.” This is in reference to Mojzak’s statement on his affidavit that he had lived in Kent County for 22 years -- a false statement. Click link to see Mojzak text reply. (Complaint and Petition for Expedited Investigation by a Judicial Officer)
  • May 18, 2012

    Secretary of State employees Amy Lovegrove and Kristi Dougan exchanged emails about the scheme. Click link to see email exchange. (Complaint and Petition for Expedited Investigation by a Judicial Officer)
  • May 21, 2012

    The Michigan State Police interviewed Matthew Mojzak. The MSP detective contacted the Secretary of State to request surveillance footage from an SOS office. (Complaint and Petition for Expedited Investigation by a Judicial Officer)
  • May 22, 2012

    The Secretary of State’s investigator told the MSP detective that his request had “stirred up a bee’s nest in the SOS administration.” (Complaint and Petition for Expedited Investigation by a Judicial Officer)
  • May 30, 2012

    The MDP filed campaign finance violation complaints with Secretary of State Ruth Johnson against Jase Bolger, Roy Schmidt and Bolger staff for using public resources to execute their scheme. (“MDP files complaint against Speaker Bolger, Rep. Schmidt and Bolger COS Miller Allen for violating state law”)
  • June 6, 2012

    The MSP detective interviewed Matthew Mojzak a second time. Mojzak told the MSP that Roy Schmidt knew he wasn’t living at the address listed on his candidate affidavit, but Roy said that it was okay. (Complaint and Petition for Expedited Investigation by a Judicial Officer)
  • June 8, 2012

    Secretary of State Ruth Johnson dismissed the MDP’s campaign finance violation complaints. The department’s letter to the MDP stated, “In the absence of evidence, the Department is unable to determine whether the individuals named in your complaint violated (the campaign finance act) as you alleged.” (“State: No evidence of Jase Bolger missteps tied to Roy Schmidt’s GOP party jump,” Grand Rapids Press, June 8, 2012)
  • June 10, 2012

    Matthew Mojzak finally moved into his grandmother’s house, the residence he had listed on his candidate affidavit. (Complaint and Petition for Expedited Investigation by a Judicial Officer)
  • July 12, 2012

    The MSP detective had search warrants signed for Roy Schmidt’s email records and cell phone records and Jase Bolger’s cell phone records. (Complaint and Petition for Expedited Investigation by a Judicial Officer)
  • July 16, 2012

    The MSP detective interviewed Matthew Mojzak for a third time to clear up additional questions about Mojzak’s address. Mojzak told the MSP that he actually moved to the address listed on his candidate affidavit on June 10. (Complaint and Petition for Expedited Investigation by a Judicial Officer)
  • July 16, 2012

    Kent County Prosecuting Attorney William Forsyth advised the MSP detective that no charges would be authorized. (Complaint and Petition for Expedited Investigation by a Judicial Officer)
  • July 17, 2012

    Kent County Prosecuting Attorney William Forsyth released the results of his investigation and declined to file charges. Forsyth sent his findings to Secretary of State Ruth Johnson to investigate campaign finance violations. (Forsyth Report)
  • July 18, 2012

    The MSP detective cancelled his outstanding search warrants and notified the Secretary of State’s office that he no longer required the surveillance video. (Complaint and Petition for Expedited Investigation by a Judicial Officer)
  • July 19, 2012

    The MDP refiled its complaint with Secretary of State Ruth Johnson, alleging Bolger’s office used state resources and state employees to engage in illegal campaign activity. (“MDP refiles complaint against Speaker Bolger and House GOP staff for violating state law”)
  • July 27, 2012

    Secretary of State Ruth Johnson sent letters to Jase Bolger, Roy Schmidt and staff members, telling them they have three weeks to file their written responses. The letters stated that, after receiving the responses, the Secretary of State’s office would determine “whether there may be reason to believe that a violation has occurred.” (“Secretary of State Ruth Johnson wants Jase Bolger, Roy Schmidt to answer election fraud complaint,” MLive, July 27, 2012)
  • August 20, 2012

    A spokesperson for Attorney General Bill Schuette told Gongwer they would not reopen the investigation, saying, "It's not our practice to second-guess prosecutors once they've concluded an investigation." (“Detective believes Bolger, Schmidt conspired to commit perjury in state House scandal, records show,” Detroit Free Press, August 20, 2012)
  • August 22, 2012

    Senate Democratic Leader Gretchen Whitmer and MDP Chair Mark Brewer filed a petition with the Ingham Circuit Court for a one-person grand jury to finish the investigation cut short by Prosecuting Attorney William Forsyth and ignored by Attorney General Bill Schuette. (“Whitmer files formal request for continued investigation of Bolger/Schmidt perjury scandal”)
  • August 28, 2012

    The Ingham Circuit Court judges voted to convene a one-person grand jury. (Order Initiating a One Person Grand Jury)
  • February 7, 2013

    Ingham County Circuit Judge Rosemarie Aquilina signs an order extending her grand jury investigation through Aug. 22. ("Probe of election scheme involving Speaker Bolger extended 6 months," Detroit News, Feb. 28, 2013)