Transparency

Today, Michigan politicians can hide behind secret slush funds, can vote to enrich their own business interests, and some can even take unlimited campaign finance contributions. We must return our government to We The People and end these perks for politicians.

Garrett’s plan would make Michigan one of the most transparent states in the nation. The plan is based on Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s “Michigan Sunshine Plan” which was introduced in May of 2018 and has long been forgotten by Whitmer.

In the last three years, Governor Whitmer hasn’t completed a single item from her “Michigan Sunshine Plan” which shows her calls for transparency and accountability was just more lip service.

Garrett Soldano’s “Michigan Sunshine Plan 2.0” is calling for:

  • Expanding the Freedom of Information Act to the Legislative and Executive Branch
  • Strengthening the current Freedom of Information Act
  • Ending the “Whitmer Campaign Finance Fake Loophole”
  • Passing transparent lobbying rules that show every lobbying expenditure
  • Implementing a five year lobbying ban for former state legislators
  • Enacting personal financial disclosure for all state candidates
  • Strengthening and enforcing Conflict of Interest laws
  • Prohibiting legislators from coordinating with 501c4’s to use as slush funds
  • Passing real Michigan Economic Development Corporation Reform

 

  • Expanding the Freedom of Information Act to the Legislative and Executive Branch as Governor Whitmer previously called for in her plan. Open-government sunshine laws are necessary for full transparency – to include the Governor’s office. Except for those activities that involve our nation’s security all other government transactions should be open to the public.
  • Strengthening the current Freedom of Information Act by ending the delaying tactics governments use to respond to FOIA requests, reducing fees, narrowing the scope of redactions, and simplifying the process for every Michigander to use.
  • Ending the “Whitmer Campaign Finance Fake Loophole” that the Governor has used to circumvent campaign finance laws to stack the deck in her favor. These laws should ensure all candidates are treated equally and ethically. Under no circumstances should a sitting governor be allowed to use their power to misappropriate taxpayers hard earned money.
  • Passing transparent lobbying rules that expose all lobbying expenditures so Michiganders know who is lobbying their elected officials and why.  The needs of our state should be decided by thoughtful deliberations not by the amount of money a lobbyist injects into a campaign or other questionable tactics.
  • Implementing a five year lobbying ban for former state legislators to prevent them from leaving office and  profiting from laws they may have helped pass or defeat during their congressional tenures. Gretchen Whitmer campaigned in 2018 to stop this absurdity but has done nothing to stop the revolving door of former legislators who want to “cash in” on their work.
  • Enacting financial disclosure standards for all state candidates to ensure the financial holdings of elected officials or candidates will not create a conflict of interest while in public office. This requirement should also include senior administration officials.
  • Strengthening and enforcing Conflict of Interest laws to prevent any lawmaker from taking votes on something that will financially benefit them. We need to enforce these laws because the government shouldn’t be used to financially benefit anyone in office.
  • Prohibiting legislators from laundering 5o1c4’s funds for other uses. It’s time to clean up the dirty money being used by corrupt politicians through 501c4 accounts. Recent news about this abuse was brought to light by the scandals surrounding former Speaker Chatfield.  Non-profit organizations should not be used as a loophole to evade lobbying disclosures and campaign finance law.
  • Passing real Michigan Economic Development Corporation reform that includes reporting the amount of taxpayer dollars companies have received. The people of Michigan should know where their money is going and whether those funds are being used responsibly. Most important, no non-disclosure agreements if taxpayer funds are being utilized.

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