Six-figure paydays to buy the silence of failed senior administration officials.
And all on taxpayers’ dime.
This week brought troubling public revelations about Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s common and expensive use of tax dollars to fund hush money payments to senior officials who have left her administration under murky circumstances.
First the Detroit News uncovered a secret $155,000 payout from the state treasury to former Health and Human Services Director Robert Gordon. All he had to do to rake in the cash was sign a legal document promising not to talk about what he knew, what he did, or what he saw working with the Governor.
Then the press learned Gordon’s top deputy got a settlement, too.
So reporters uncovered another – the former head of the state’s scandal-plagued unemployment agency pulled in almost $85,000 to go away and keep his lips sealed.
What do Whitmer and these bureaucrats have to hide? Who else sold their silence?
And what, exactly, is Whitmer trying to coverup?
We simply don’t know – and that’s the biggest outrage of them all.
Michigan Freedom Fund
"Whitmer’s own administration is now under fire for paying Gordon the equivalent of nine months salary as part of a deal that requires confidentiality. Gray’s payout, also made with a confidentiality clause, amounted to more than six months of pay. He is still getting a check from the state after running a department that had been accused of withholding funds to thousands of jobless workers."
"Whitmer is not likely to face an honest investigation from either Michigan's Democratic Attorney General Dana Nessel or President Joe Biden's Justice Department. That leaves only the Republican-controlled Legislature to demand accountability from the governor. Lawmakers must muster what power they can to get the answers Whitmer is refusing to give. Whitmer appears to be hiding something. The people of Michigan deserve to know what it is."
"Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has not appreciated suggestions that separation agreements for former health department Director Robert Gordon and two other employees amount to 'hush money.' But her administration's response to requests for information from Crain's Detroit Business and other media organizations speaks volumes."