Whitmer’s Office Gave Taxpayer Money to Democrat Groups for Contact Tracing
The emails show officials shifted work to apolitical subsidiaries of firms
Michigan Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s office reportedly gave the “green light” to use taxpayer money to award Democrat groups funds for the coronavirus tracing program, new emails reveal.
Whitmer had denied knowledge of the ‘arrangement’ and canceled plans amid outcry over a contractor with Democratic ties, Bridge Magazine reported.
The emails show officials shifted work to apolitical subsidiaries of firms with known partisan leanings to avoid detection.
According to the email, a senior adviser in the Michigan Department of the Health and Human Services, Andrea Taverna, told other Michigan government officials:
“We got the green light from EOG [the executive office of the governor] to move forward with a slightly different organizational arrangement of the contact tracing volunteer work."
"This would still be working with Mike Kolehouse, so work there isn’t lost – it’s just organized somewhat differently – see below.”
In April, Whitmer had given control of the state’s contact tracing program to “one of the left’s biggest technology firms," The Washington Free Beacon reported at the time.
The move was seen as a way of her “using the coronavirus to strengthen the Democratic Party’s data operation.”
The group that hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars “would be managed in coordination with EveryAction, a firm that is closely linked to NGP VAN, a technology provider that boasts that it powers ‘nearly every major Democratic campaign in America,'" The Washington Post reported.
Ronna McDaniel, the Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairwoman, noted that a post on Facebook from a Democrat operative who also received Whitmer’s contract said:
"I hope [Trump] gets Coronavirus ASAP. Can someone do the country a favor and cough on that man.”
But Whitmer struggled to respond and ultimately resorted to reading her prepared notes when answering questions about why she awarded the contracts to left-wing partisan groups.
“When it was brought to my attention, I told them to cancel it,” Whitmer claimed.
“This was an unnecessary distraction. Leadership is about solving problems. The correct process was not followed.”
Whitmer failed to answer whose decision it was to use those companies.
Earlier this month, Whitmer faced backslash for her targeting of an elderly barber amid her widely criticized coronavirus lockdown orders.
The Governor faced additional controversy after her husband requested to take his boat out on a lake after Michigan's Democrat governor had urged the public to stay away from the area.