New Year, Same Tricks

It may be a new year, but the Left are resorting to the same old tricks. After failing to get a single legislator – Republican OR Democrat – to support her “Plan A” to “fix the damn roads” – a 45-cents-per-gallon gas tax hike – Gretchen Whitmer says she’s going to do it herself.

Sort of.

Last week, Gretchen Whitmer took a page out of the failed playbook of the past and unveiled her “Plan B” to sell $3.5 billion in bonds (aka plunging us further into debt) to fix some of the roads. As if by magic, a new non-profit sprang from the ashes of her gas tax dreams to promote her bond boondoggle with a $750,000 ad buy in Detroit, Grand Rapids, Flint and Lansing.

The ads feature the governor’s own pro-bond talking points and footage of the governor – all from the public domain, according to “Road to Michigan’s Future” spokesman Mark Fisk.

If you’re getting a sense of déjà vu, we don’t blame you. In 2018, Governor Whitmer had some help on the campaign trail from a group called “Build a Better Michigan,” which used candidate Whitmer’s talking points, footage of her talking directly to the camera – and had a spokesman named Mark Fisk – the very same Mark Fisk now working for the “Road to Michigan’s Future.”

Whitmer’s fellow Democrat and political ally, Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson, determined that the pro-Whitmer “Build a Better Michigan” violated campaign finance law by illegally coordinating with her on $2 million in ads. She then proceeded to let them off the hook without so much as a slap on the wrist, preferring a delicate feather tickle on the wrist with a paltry $37,500 fine. The fine didn’t even amount to 2% of the money they illegally spent to influence the election.

With Gretchen Whitmer racking up the state’s credit card bill and relying on her old friends to carry water for her “new” ideas, we can only wonder: Will history repeat itself? It would be a shame if Jocelyn Benson had to impose another trivial fine.

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