POV Of Kirsters Baish| ICYMI 5/21/19 – The city of Flint, Michigan made a name for itself this year, but the reason the city has become nationally known isn’t a good one. The drinking water in the Michigan city is so dangerous that it’s actually poisoning the people who reside there. And now it seems that corruption is the reason for this major problem.
Conservative Tribune reports:
Flint, located 70 miles northwest of Detroit and once home to a thriving automotive industry, saw its population fall by nearly half since its peak in 1960.
All the while, the increasingly crime-ridden city has had nothing but Democrat mayors since 1975 … yet those liberals have consistently pointed fingers at Republicans for the area’s problems.
You’d think that after decades of watching a once-proud city turn into a hellhole under Democrat leadership, Flint’s residents would at least try a different tune. But no: In 2015 they once again elected a liberal, Karen Weaver, as mayor.
Predictably, Weaver has been a vocal anti-Trump critic from the start, while also blaming conservatives at the capitol in Lansing for almost every issue under the sun.
In 2017, Weaver attacked President Donald Trump regarding hurricane relief in Puerto Rico, standing with San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz, who has been vocally anti-Trump.
Interestingly enough, both Cruz and Weaver are now caught in the middle of some major scandals involving the way they dealt with their own emergencies. Corruption and incompetence have been running rampant in both Puerto Rico and Flint, Michigan.
It has been reported that Mayor Weaver is now being accused of re-directing donations taken for the water crisis to a political fund of hers.
“Mayor Karen Weaver asked employees to redirect charitable donors to a nonprofit fund she created shortly after taking office in 2015, an ex-city official testified during a federal whistleblower trial in Detroit on Wednesday,” MLive reported.
The Democratic mayor has denied the allegations against her, and is trying to minimize the public relations disaster.
“They got slick,” community activist Arthur Woodson told MLive. “They were trying to steal the money.”
Slick doesn’t begin to cut it. Conservative Tribune explains that “If the accusations are correct, Weaver used her emergency declaration during the peak of the water crisis in 2015 as a catalyst to receive a significant amount of money from sympathetic donors trying to help the city’s residents. The way those donations were handled is what first raised eyebrows.”
“By January 2016, Weaver, who was elected and took office the previous November, created her nonprofit, Caring for Flint,” reported MLive. There were major red flags right from the beginning.
“The nonprofit was created as a 527 organization, usually a form of campaign fund created for politicians. Under federal law, a 527 account isn’t required to register or report to the state, can accept direct corporate contributions and is only obliged to report donors and expenditures if contributions exceed $25,000 in a year,” the newspaper stated.
Via Conservative Tribune:
At the center of the controversy are Jody Lundquist and Natasha Henderson, the city’s former chief financial officer and city administrator, respectively. They’re now whistle-blowers who are speaking out about what they saw at city hall.
The two former officials say that Mayor Weaver directed her staff to funnel donations meant for the city into her new account, which made them uncomfortable.
After Henderson began asking questions about how the donated funds were being handled, she was fired by the Democrat mayor.
“The termination prompted Henderson, who claims she was fired for pointing out the questionable donation diversion, to file a federal Whistleblower Protection Act lawsuit in May 2016 against Flint and Weaver,” MLive reported.