Dark Money

Hidden donors keep the swamp critters alive.

Cronyism is alive and well.

Clearly there are people with financial stake in certain players gaining the governor’s seat.  Some interests might be as innocuous as self preservation, and some may be to game the system.  But it’s all in play and the hidden stuff can be spooky.  From Crains this morning:

Three of the leading candidates to be Michigan’s next chief executive have benefited from large sums of cash that can’t be easily followed to their original sources because of federal laws allowing not-for-profit organizations to influence elections outside of the state’s campaign finance law.

Former state Sen. Gretchen Whitmer’s campaign for the Democratic nomination for governor has been aided by $550,000 in concealed donations from two entities that don’t appear to exist in public records.

Attorney General Bill Schuette’s bid for the Republican nomination in next Tuesday’s primary also has been boosted by $1.2 million in untraceable donations flowing from two so-called “dark money” front organizations that can legally conceal the identities of their donors.

And Lt. Gov. Brian Calley got $1.3 million of free advertising through a TV commercial promoting his work with Gov. Rick Snyder turning around Michigan’s economy that was paid for by a Snyder-led group that doesn’t have to disclose its funding sources.

The last guy listed here knows who is footing the bill for his spots I imagine.

He stars in those ads.

In any event, Blue Cross Blue Shield was let off its leash in 2013 walking away with Michigan taxpayer money and made untouchable.  It’s relationship with those who would restore much of its monopoly power should be noted.  However they are not squealing:

Those donations to the pro-Whitmer group have fueled questions from her Democratic opponents as to whether those mystery entities are operating for the sole purpose of concealing corporate money from a big business like Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, which has allied with Whitmer but not made a traceable donation to her bid to be governor.

“Build a Better Michigan is nothing but a shell for dark money PACs and unlimited money from corporate CEOs who have interest in a Whitmer-led Michigan,” said Adam Joseph, spokesman for El-Sayed. “There is only one reason these corporations and secretive groups are shelling out thousands of dollars to try and get Gretchen Whitmer elected: they want to keep their privilege in a Whitmer administration.”

But whether Blue Cross Blue Shield played any role in helping bankroll the pro-Whitmer group Build a Better Michigan is a lingering question the state’s largest health insurance company won’t answer.

Of course BCBS won’t answer.

Being un-collared, (Former AG Mike Cox was their best handler to be honest)  they don’t have to.  Once upon a time they were beholden to the legislature, but now run free-range and can bundle money where it serves their board of director’s interest best.  Anyhow they have been feeding the GOP as well.

Playing the field is not a hard thing to do when flush with unequaled cash reserves.  BCBSmi DID walk away with $Billions given to them by a GOP legislature and governor.

As for the complainer Abdul?  I suspect there is plenty of dark cash ready to fund his efforts.

The swamp is alive and well friends.  Read the complete piece.

 

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  4 comments for “Dark Money

  1. Corinthian Scales
    August 4, 2018 at 9:59 pm

    Geez, Colbeck looks like a bigger fraud, much like a Lyin' Ted, every day.

    https://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=633903

    https://www.michiganvotes.org/RollCall.aspx?ID=633904

    Just sayin'...

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    • Jason
      August 4, 2018 at 11:54 pm

      I guess if one doesn't look at the complete body of work.

      Anyhow, this deal was a MAJOR screw up, I had one like this as a commissioner that I would change if I could go back in time.

      Sadly, we warned the legislators before the vote from these pages (rightmichigan.com) , and only three GOP (Johnson, Moss, and McMillin) paid attention.

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      • Corinthian Scales
        August 5, 2018 at 11:26 pm

        Yep. Complete body. And it says, Chuck the schmuck (((Moss))) was a train wreck with damn near everything else he did in Lansing. Should’ve never never been anything more than Birmingham’s dog catcher.

        Just like Pat.

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  2. Sue Schwartz
    August 9, 2018 at 6:05 am

    This has new meaning now that the primary is over. I watched a predetermined outcome occur and just like in 1994, there needed to be a passion issue to assist more easily in perfecting this. In the First Congressional district, that issue was Matt Morgan write-in campaign. Absolutely, he got twice as many, maybe three times as many, votes as he would have had had he merely been on the ballot. I watched folks come in to vote who said things like, "this is my first primary. I never vote in primaries". As in 1994, not all areas are targeted for predetermination, just those areas with passion issues as it's easier to cover the tracks of rigging with a large voter outcome. Rigging a primary is always okay, after all, it's not a real election but rather a "courtesy to the parties". So, then, guess where that dark money went??? To the computer geek writing the algorithm whose probably off shore. There now, don't you feel better?

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