State Rep. Donni Steele, R-Orion Township, released a statement today regarding recent reporting on a nonprofit tied to Gov. Whitmer. The organization, Road to Michigan’s Future, raised $12.9 million last year. The group is not obligated to disclose donors’ names because of its nonprofit status.
“I’m proud I voted no on the Democrat’s lackluster transparency package. Michigan is tired of secret money influencing its politics. People deserve to know if their lawmaker takes a luxury trip paid for by a nonprofit. Under the plan, elected officials remain exempt from reporting travel and gifts paid for by nonprofit groups.
“The transparency plan, ironically passed at 3 a.m., ignores longstanding dark-money loopholes. There’s a reason these ‘transparency’ votes took until the wee hours of the morning. For months, we’ve seen how nervous Democrats get about strict financial disclosure laws. Now we know one reason why.
“Last week, The Detroit News exposed a nonprofit tied to the governor, Road to Michigan’s Future, raised $12.9 million last year. Reporting says the governor’s nonprofit shared a phone number with her campaign committee. The group also reportedly paid the governor’s chief strategist over $200,000 in 2022. This isn’t some unaffiliated group. This is a targeted political operation shadow funding the governor.
“Voters constitutionally required lawmakers to pass strong financial disclosure laws. Legislators should have spent this year working on that plan. Instead, Democrats ignored the voters’ mandate. They sidestepped both Republican and conscientious Democrat input. This shortsighted politicking left us with bad bills that don’t go far enough. These continued failures will not be the end of the conversation. I’m committed to transforming Michigan into a national leader in financial transparency requirements and fiscal accountability.”
“In a time when political divides keep deepening, the House needs something for everyone to agree on; I’m confident this school safety legislation is that something,” said Steele, R-Orion Township. “This week, we’re remembering a tragedy at Michigan State University. Being from Lake Orion, I can’t help but draw the connection to our neighboring sister community of Oxford and the terrifying events which occurred there over two years ago. The best was to prevent these horrific events from repeating themselves is to bind together and pass school safety bills. Our kids and communities depend on it.”
“All people have a moral obligation to speak out against hate whenever it rears its ugly head – this is one of those times. As elected officials, we are the voice for our communities. We are held to a higher standard and must answer to all comments we make, including any and all social media posts.”
“Higher incomes, less taxes should be the vision for Michigan,” said Steele, who serves on the House Appropriations Committee. “Prices are so high that people must choose between breakfast or lunch because they can’t afford both. Families walk around their homes in four shirts because they can’t afford to raise their heat higher than 60 degrees. The middle class doesn’t need subsidies for electric vehicles; they need their hard-earned tax dollars back in their pockets.”