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Group that spent the most to oppose Voters Not Politicians ballot initiative is run by a DeVos operative

February 6, 2019

As the dust settles on the 2018 election, data continues to come out about which groups funded what ballot proposals.

The Michigan Campaign Finance Network does an amazing job of following the money in Michigan electoral politics and their most recent article has some interesting analysis about who was behind the 2018 Michigan Ballot initiatives. 

What I found most interesting is that the group that spent the most money opposing the Voters Not Politicians ballot initiative, was the Michigan Freedom Fund. The entity created by the Michigan Freedom Fund, designed to defeat Voters Not Politicians, was Protect My Vote.     

You can see from the graphic here that the Michigan Freedom Fund was the largest contributor to this effort. The President of the Michigan Freedom Fund is Greg McNeilly, who also happens to be the Chief Operating Officer of the Windquest Group. The Windquest Group is one of the DeVos family’s business entities.

McNeilly, while he ran Dick DeVos’ failed gubernatorial run in 2006, once boasted how political donations are the most protected form of speech:

“Political speech is the most protected form of speech, and we need more people participating at higher levels. We should applaud anyone who is leading on that dimension and try to encourage greater participation in our great American experiment.”

Such a statement reflects McNeilly’s allegiance to the DeVos family fortune.

However, the main issue her, with the new data from the Michigan Campaign Finance Network, is that the group that spent the most money to defeat Voters Not Politicians was a group that was essentially created by DeVos family money and is run by their most trusted political operative, Greg McNeilly. This is just the most recent example of how DeVos money infects electoral politics and promotes anti-union, anti-abortion, anti-LGBTQ and pro-business policies in the state. Remember that, the next time you are tempted to think that the DeVos family does so much good for West Michigan.

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