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Thursday, April 14, 2011

TCU's money?

So I went to look once again at the TCU campaign financial statement for last year's efforts to kill Proposal 1 and thus kill the library. It appears that it has been removed. Isn't that fascinating? Everyone else that ever ran a campaign in Troy, including the Citizens to Save the Troy Public Library's financial statement's are still there.
Why are TCU's gone?
Is Bob Gosselin that powerful?
(If you know where it has been moved, anyone, do tell, because it's gone from its previous location--in other words, it's been removed.)
Are we onto something here? Now they are hiding what little information about their funding they had offered up?
And if you think I'm sounding paranoid, look at this column in today's Free Press. 
Seems that Meijer's didn't like a few cities that wouldn't allow them to build stores in their borders, and then FUNDED CAMPAIGNS TO RECALL COUNCIL MEMBERS AND FUNDED A "CITIZEN'S" INITIATIVE. Hmmm. Isn't that interesting?

From Brian Dickerson's article Meijer case highlights need for campaign law reforms
Back in 2006, after voters in the tiny Grand Traverse County township of Acme
elected a township board opposed to Meijer's plans to locate a supercenter there,
Meijer secretly funded a so-called citizens' initiative to overturn Acme's moratorium
on big-box stores.
A year later, the retailer secretly underwrote another campaign to recall township
board members who were fighting Meijer's construction plans. It also sued the
board members individually, a tactic increasingly favored by deep-pocket 
interests impatient with the glacial pace of democracy.
One of the targeted board members counter-sued. After documents subpoenaed
in the course of his lawsuit revealed Meijer's secret role in the recall elections,
Meijer admitted it had violated state campaign finance laws and paid a $190,000
fine for its deception. The retailer also paid $2 million to settle the targeted
board member's lawsuit.-snip-On Wednesday I asked Rich Robinson, executive
director of the Michigan Campaign Finance Network, how it came to be that
ignorance of the law is a valid excuse for corporate miscreants who try to steal
an election.
"It's a unique standard that owes its existence to the fact that the people
who are most likely to get bitten by campaign finance laws are also the 
people who write those laws," Robinson explained helpfully.
read more of the article here

Hold your democracy close to you folks, because people and corporations can buy and sell it right out from under you.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for bringing this article to the forefront! It is appreciated!