Clinton seeks donations to Flint nonprofit

Chad Livengood
Detroit News Lansing Bureau

Hillary Clinton is asking her supporters to donate money to a fund to aid Flint children and her presidential campaign is debuting a new Web video Monday featuring residents and Mayor Karen Weaver talking about the lead-contaminated water crisis.

The Clinton campaign was expected Monday announced the endorsements of three Flint pastors: the Rev. Hubert Miller, the Rev. Al Harris and Bishop Rogers L. Jones Sr. Their church affiliations were not included in a Clinton campaign news release.

Clinton’s campaign also launched a one-minute Web video promoting the Community Foundation of Greater Flint’s campaign to raise money for the long-term health and educational needs of Flint children who were potentially lead-poisoned by the city’s water supply.

The Clinton campaign rolled out the Flint-focused video Monday morning, hours before her opponent for the Democratic presidential nomination, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, arrives in Ypsilanti for a campaign rally at Eastern Michigan University. Sanders is planning a second rally Monday night at the United Auto Workers Local 600 union hall in Dearborn.

On Sunday, Clinton’s campaign sent out an email to her nationwide list of supporters asking for donations to the community foundation’s Flint Child Health & Development Fund.

“What happened in Flint is the cruelest kind of indifference, and an affront to what we stand for as a nation,” Clinton wrote in the email titled , “Will you help the families of Flint?”

The Clinton family plans to make a personal donations to the Flint children’s fund, a campaign aide said.

The video features Weaver and Flint residents talking about their water supply being undrinkable without faucet filters because the city did not treat its Flint River water with chemicals that prevent the corrosion of lead service pipes.

“We need to continue to have the spotlight shine on this story because we need some long-term solutions,” Weaver says in the video.

Weaver has endorsed Clinton for president over Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, citing Clinton’s efforts to reach out to her early last month just as Flint’s months-long water woes were becoming a national news story.

Clinton was in Flint on Feb. 7 and called the predominately African American city’s tainted drinking water supply “immoral.”

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