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Cheney-Rice wrtites: "'It's beyond outrageous that Snyder wants to take $1.2 million from Michigan taxpayers to pay for defense attorneys over his involvement in the poisoning of Flint's water,' state Democratic Party Chair Brandon Dillon said in a statement Tuesday."

Gov. Rick Snyder. (photo: AP)
Gov. Rick Snyder. (photo: AP)

Snyder Criticized for Spending $1.2 Mil on Lawyers Instead of Water Crisis

By Zak Cheney-Rice, Mic

10 March 16


ichigan Democrats are dumping all over Gov. Rick Snyder since learning he authorized $1.2 million to spend on lawyers to deal with the Flint water crisis.

"It's beyond outrageous that Snyder wants to take $1.2 million from Michigan taxpayers to pay for defense attorneys over his involvement in the poisoning of Flint's water," state Democratic Party Chair Brandon Dillon said in a statement Tuesday, according to MLive.

MLive reports the March 8 agenda of the State Administrative Board notes up to $400,000 was approved for the services of the firm Barris, Sott, Denn & Driker toward "legal services related to civil litigation about municipal drinking water in the city of Flint, Michigan."

Another $800,000 was approved for "legal services related to records management issues and investigations regarding municipal drinking water in the city of Flint, Michigan," to be provided by the firm Warner Norcross & Judd LLP.

The total adds up to $1.2 million — money that critics are saying should go toward repairing the pipes in Flint. "That money should go toward replacing lead pipes and getting safe drinking water to Flint families, not for Snyder's defense attorneys," Dillon said.

An environmental crisis has devastated Flint over the past year and a half, where pipes corroded by polluted water have caused lead and other contaminants to be released into the water supply. Residents have complained of hair loss and skin rashes, and dangerously high levels of lead have been detected in the blood of local children.

As the crisis grew over time, city and state officials repeatedly told residents the water was "safe" to consume. It clearly was not, and now, a growing number are pursuing legal action.

A spokesman for the governor's office told MLive these legal services would mostly go toward processing the "enormous amount of data" needed to adequately respond to FOIA requests, and to redact emails for public release. He added that the governor's office has proposed $230 million to be spent on Flint, $70 million of which has already been approved.

Either way, it's bad PR. It's hard to get away with letting people get poisoned and then spending their money so you can clean up the mess. your social media marketing partner


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-32 # 2016-03-10 11:36
Governor Snyder did not mistreat the drinking water in Flint, the local Flint Water Authority employees were directly responsible for poisoning 100,000 people.


That said, hiring a couple of temporary clerks to collect the required FOIA information should be sufficient to the task of responding to the democratic party operatives who are seeking to blame him for their own misdeeds.

Lee Nason
New Bedford, Massachusetts
+20 # indian weaver 2016-03-10 11:46
I'm waiting for Homeland Security and / or FBI to indict this asshole for domestic terrorism. That is what he deserves, that is what he is: a domestic threat to We The People. Like most of the GOP politicians. I want to see him suffer, for years if not the rest of his life.
+21 # danireland46 2016-03-10 11:50
Fellow governor, Rick Scott from Florida, used his corporate lawyers to avoid prison before buying his governorship. Wall Street escaped incarceration the same way. Why wouldn't Snyder do the same thing?
The rich get richer, and the poor get poorer - INEQUITY in AMERICA!
+14 # CL38 2016-03-10 12:22
THIS reflects authoritarian GOP 'family values'.
+13 # PABLO DIABLO 2016-03-10 14:45
Way past time to start voting these assholes out of office.
+3 # Diane_Wilkinson_Trefethen_aka_tref 2016-03-10 16:08
Way past time to start voting these assholes out of office.

This will continue until voters rid themselves of their authoritarian point of view. As long as they believe, even if only subconsciously, that Father knows best and because he does, he has the right to beat the living crap out of you if you don’t bow down and agree with him, they will continue to elect members of government who are all too happy to do the beating while expecting you to say, “Thank you.”

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