And Who Else?
Clinton Township Trustee Dean Reynolds was charged with bribery Thursday, in the U.S. District Court for Eastern Michigan. Rizzo Environmental Services allegedly paid Reynolds $ 50,000 – $ 70,000 in cash for his vote and influence on an $18 million, 10 year garbage collection contract. Reynolds is also alleged to have received free legal services from a Rizzo connected attorney in his divorce case.
Reynolds is a Hillary supporter, a gun control supporter, and an environmental supporter. Now living proof that you don’t need a gun to commit a serious crime. As you read about this case, ask yourself why not one article mentions his political affiliation. Were he a Republican, his affiliation would be in every headline. Reynolds is an AFL-CIO toady now running for Clinton Township Supervisor in the November 8th General Election. The Metro Detroit AFL-CIO scrubbed their endorsement of him this morning, but they can’t change history:
The Free Press reports that the “FBI’s years-long investigation is expected to trigger criminal charges against numerous politicians in towns and cities across Macomb County who engaged in pay-to-play schemes with various developers and businesses. The Clinton Township case, sources said, is just the tip of the iceberg and numerous more charges will follow.”
Rizzo Environmental Services is under contract in a lot of communities outside of Macomb County in Michigan. Who else have they bribed?
The City of Flint should be at the top of the FBI’s investigation of Rizzo instigated corruption. Flint is in the middle of a ‘Mexican Standoff’ between Mayor Karen Weaver and most of the Flint City Council. Mayor Weaver selected Rizzo to replace Republic Services. Rizzo’s Flint bid was less expensive in its top line number, but sorely deficient in its offered services. Michigan’s lying media have touted Rizzo’s top line contract dollar number in defense of Mayor Weaver, but have been notably silent on the deficiencies in Rizzo’s bid. And almost no one is talking about the $1.7 million consultant fee recalled former mayor Woodrow Stanley will allegedly receive from Rizzo.
Mayor Weaver has become a media celebrity for her outspoken advocacy of Flint in the wake of their water fiasco. Interestingly, she didn’t pay her own water bill until this morning, racking up a water bill in the thousands of dollars. More interestingly, Flint has only replaced about 250 lead water lines since March under their FAST program. Most interestingly, the cost of FAST water line replacements doubled estimates. This is State of Michigan tax money being spent. Your money.
The Flint situation is murky, to be polite about it. Trash hauling contracts have a long and sordid history of corruption throughout the country. Rizzo Environmental Services has had a contract award winning streak since they were taken over by Kinderhook Industries, LLC early this year. They cleaned up in Macomb County, but they also won contracts in Detroit, Livonia, and Flint. Maybe their success is due to a capital infusion, but bribery might be their actual winning strategy.
Kinderhook just flipped Rizzo to GFL Environmental Inc. at the beginning of the month. GFL is a big Canadian outfit which has the obvious advantage of considerable insulation from U.S. law.
Political corruption destroys democratic government. Just as the U.S. Department of Justice and national media have excused Hillary Clinton’s career of corruption to spite Republicans and Donald Trump, Michigan’s law enforcement and media have ignored local corruption in Southeastern Michigan. Going back to Kwame Kilpatrick, all the major corruption cases in Michigan are being made by U.S. Attorney Barbara L McQuade and the FBI. The only exceptions have been the Gamrat/Courser charges and the Flint water aftermath, but both of those arose well outside of normal channels and would not have been pursued except for their Lansing political ramifications.
Michigan corruption may not have descended to the level of Hillary’s Illinois yet, but continuing inanition of the Michigan State Police and our Attorney General do not auger well. Higher taxes necessarily follow in the wake of political corruption. The baksheesh has to come from somewhere. Communities across Michigan are now being dunned for ‘garbage fees’ to cover costs which used to be covered by their property taxes. These ‘fees’ are a blatant violation of Headlee. But neither Michigan’s Attorney General or our media give a whit.
Illinois here we come.