Wednesday, October 04, 2006
Hang On..Granholm Is Damn Near Finished...
The Michigan Republican Party filed a Hatch Act complaint with the United States Office of Special Counsel against Jennifer M. Granholm for possible prohibited political activity.
What is the problem?
Governor Granholm has abused the public trust by using the Office of the Governor for personal political gain. The Governor is using the official office of the governor and its influence for the purpose of affecting the result of the upcoming election on November 7th, a move that is in direct violation of the Hatch Act.
What is the solution?
Michigan's government belongs to the people, not to the Granholm for Governor campaign. Given the many problems that we face as a state, we deserve a leader in the Governor's office who is focused on fixing those problems, not one who abuses the office for personal gain.
Is it Granholm's fault?
From online petitions, to staging campaign commercials in official offices, to hosting taxpayer funded pictures from a trip to Japan on her personal campaign website - Governor Granholm is in clear violation of the Hatch Act.
· Governor Granholm's `Jobs Today, Jobs Tomorrow Plan' has been established as a campaign piece, and despite the claim `not printed at taxpayer expense,' IRS forms filed by the governor's Executive Office Administrative Account, nor the governor's campaign finance reports show paying for the creation, production, and preparation of the Jobs Plan. One is left to assume that the jobs plan was created, produced and prepared by State of Michigan employees under the direction of Governor Granholm.
· Governor Granholm's campaign solicited political support from citizens who signed a government-sponsored online petition. The petition, hosted on the official state website, was intended to send a message to Washington in protest to rising gas prices. Instead, the signors names were used to solicit campaign support from the Granholm for Governor campaign. Campaign e-mails specifically referenced the petition and requested that the signor support the governor's campaign.
· The Governor's `Jobs Journal' and the pictures and documents contained in the Jobs Journal, were created and prepared at public expense and hosted on a state government website. The exact same photographs appearing on the Jobs Journal Website, also appear on the Governor's official campaign website. It is clear that the photos were taken at taxpayer expense for the express purpose of using them in the Governor's campaign for re-election.
· Utilizing official offices to film campaign commercials. Governor Granholm held a `private' press conference in July to announce Google's decision to expand its business presence into Michigan. The Michigan Democrat Party (MDP) was allowed access to the press conference, though members of the public were barred entrance. The press conference was held in the `Michigan Room' within the State of Michigan office building, for the purposes of filming a campaign commercial. Portions of the MDP commercial feature scenes taken from said press conference.
· On September 15, 2006, the campaign to re-elect Governor Granholm began airing a television advertisement entitled "Real Jobs Maker," in which at least two scenes of the advertisement were filmed at State of Michigan offices. By using these offices as a studio to film campaign advertisements, Governor Granholm used her official authority or influence for the purpose of interfering with or affecting the result of her re-election.