Attorney General Bill Schuette has secret fund like Governor's, will name donors going forward

LANSING (WXYZ) - Attorney General Bill Schuette has a non-profit similar to Governor Rick Snyder's NERD Fund, set to be dissolved after a series of controversies.  

The fund, called "On Duty for Michigan," was founded days after Schuette was elected in 2010.  A board members says that the non-profit, like Snyder's, was founded to "reduce the burden of taxpayers and "to improve the quality and effectiveness" of the attorney general's office. 

Unlike donations to a campaign fund, anyone who gives money to "On Duty for Michigan" is anonymous to the public.  The fund has taken in $311,000 in donations between 2010 and 2011.  

Following questions from 7 Action News, the non-profit now says it will disclose future donors. 

"Starting today, at the recommendation of Attorney General Schuette, we will go above and beyond the legal reporting requirements by making the names of future contributors available to the public," said board member Gary P. Gordon.

In 2011, the fund reported spending $37,083 on "events," $12,833 on "lodging" and $11,635 on "flowers & gifts"

On Monday, 7 Action News first reported that Snyder's NERD Fund would be dissolved after it was disclosed that it paid $130,000 for furniture and a security system for Snyder's home, a $100,000 salary to a top Snyder decision maker and Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr's living expenses at the Westin Book Cadillac.  

Contact Investigator Ross Jones at rjones@wxyz.com or at (248) 827-9466.

 

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