Snyder releases list of inaugural sponsors
After we noted yesterday that the Snyder administration had not yet revealed the corporate sponsors of his inaugural ball, this morning his office released a list of 75 groups that put up money to fund inaugural events. Here is that list in full:
ACS, A Xerox Company
Aging Services of Michigan
American Axle & Manufacturing, Inc.
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan
Delta Dental of Michigan
Detroit Auto Dealers Association
Detroit Medical Center
Detroit Regional Chamber
Dow Corning Corporation
Enterprise Holdings, LLC
Farmers Insurance Group of Companies
Foley & Lardner LLP
Ford Motor Company
Friends of Housing
General Motors Company
Marlee Brown and Dan Musser, Grand Hotel
HNTB Michigan, Inc.
Ilitch Holdings, Inc.
ITC Holdings Corp.
Jackson National Life Insurance Company
Kathleen and David Trott
Landfill Management Co.
LogistiCare Solutions, LLC
Michigan Beer & Wine Wholesalers Association
Michigan Cable Telecommunications Association
Michigan Chamber of Commerce
Michigan Credit Union League & Affiliates
Michigan Farm Bureau
Michigan Health & Hospital Association
Michigan Oil and Gas Association
Michigan Retailers Association
Michigan Society of Anesthesiologists
Michigan Townships Association
Muchmore Harrington Smalley & Associates, Inc.
National Heritage Association
National Wine and Spirits of Michigan
Norfolk Southern Corporation
PHS Correctional Healthcare
Reynolds American, Inc.
State Farm Insurance Companies
The Dow Chemical Company
The Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants
Total Health Care
Universal Health Management, LLC
Victoria and Robert Liggett
Wolverine Human Services
Snyder has promised to make Michigan “a national leader in transparency and ethics” and has called for full disclosure of all financial transactions between lobbyists and public officials.
Some of these sponsors have controversial histories and questionable legal or ethical practices. For example, David Trott is the owner of the largest foreclosure firm in the state of Michigan and was involved in writing at least one piece of legislation to deal with that problem.
Meijer, one of the state’s largest retailers, also holds the record for the largest fine ever handed down by the state for campaign finance law violations. In 2008 they were fined more than $190,000 for surreptitiously funding a recall campaign for a group of Acme township supervisors who had rejected the company’s bid to build a new center there.
And Dow Chemical is responsible for contaminating virtually the entire Saginaw River watershed with dioxin, including a park where children played regularly that had dioxin contamination at nearly six times the EPA’s limit for requiring remediation.
It’s highly likely that most of the companies on the list of sponsors would also have funded previous inaugural events regardless of the political party of the governor being inaugurated.
We have asked for more details in terms of how much each of these sponsors donated and will publish that information if/when we receive it.