Gov. Rick Snyder has announced he'll be shutting down the controversial NERD Fund. (Dale G. Young / The Detroit News)
Too little, too late
Re: Gary Heinlein and Chad Livengood’s Oct. 21 report, “Snyder’s NERD Fund to be dissolved”: After many months of calls for Gov. Rick Snyder to shutdown his controversial “NERD Fund,” the governor has finally announced he is closing the secret account. It seems like Gov. Snyder believes by simply scrapping the “NERD Fund,” the appearance of impropriety and conflicts of interests will vanish. Michigan taxpayers deserve transparency, not mystery from our governor.
Jill Farber-Bramson, West Bloomfield
More questions than answers
I wonder if we will see some federal investigation of this fund. You know the old saying: Where there is smoke, there is fire? Well, closing the NERD Fund without disclosing is an awful lot of smoke.
Once upon a time, Kwame Kilpatrick’s Civic Fund was “legal” only to be found out later that it was criminal. While the NERD Fund might have been purely a good fund, done by philanthropic donors to help out Michigan, it also might have been corporations that got special access or kickbacks in return for donations.
Shelly Lynch, Roseville
Gov. Snyder should know better. Having a slush fund to avoid transparency creates more problems than those it was designed to solve. If money is needed to support his pet projects, it should be above-board. I don’t believe that a multimillionaire like Snyder needs hidden funds for his personal use.
Jerome Richardson, Coto de Caza, Calif.
Perhaps the NERD Fund is no longer necessary; the mission has been accomplished. Kevyn Orr is entrenched in Detroit, the city is in bankruptcy and Gov. Snyder is well on his way to destroy the impact of unions in Michigan. Snyder decided to get rid of this slush fund before its donors become a criminal issue.
Arnett Sydes Jr., Las Vegas
The game is rigged
These nonprofits go against everything this country was founded upon. They are simply a good way for the wealthy to buy influence without a direct exchange of money. All perfectly legal as most politicians benefit from such entities, which is why the laws are as they are. Time for people to demand the end of this type of thing.
Henry Nasiff, Oxford
The blind nonprofit
For last time, Mr. Snyder does not know who provided the money.
After all, it was dropped off in a brown Georgia-Pacific paper bag.
Emily Rose Jones, Newport