Snyder Pardon’s his Appointee Lawyer Buddy and Donor to MIGOP

A Snyder Close Up

snyder live Each year, thousands of people in Michigan are convicted of drunken driving and can suffer long-term consequences, such as lost work, higher insurance costs along with court fines and probation fees.
http://milawyersweekly.com/news/2015/03/27/governor-pardons-connected-attorney-convicted-of-drunken-driving/#ixzz3Vmq5uDGI

Snyder appoints Alan Gocha Jr. to his new “Talent Investment Board” Mark Hackel
Also appointed was Democrat Mark Hackel, Macomb, John Rakolta III the son of John Rakolta Jr. of the Walbridge Construction Company involved in the infamous new Wayne County Jail fiasco and other crony dealings.

John Rakolta Jr. also is a partner in the “failed” Raleigh Film Studio that the Michigan taxpayers are now the hook for their missed Bond payments as well as holding a fundraiser for former Democrat Wayne County Executive Bob Ficano. John Rakolta  Bob Ficano
https://www.michigan.gov/snyder/0,4668,7-277-57738_57679_57726-267276–,00.html

Snyder uses pardon to erase lawyer’s DUI conviction
He knows the Oakland County man and even corrected a reporter’s pronunciation of Gocha’s name (Go-SHAY’). Gocha said the conviction was a “black cloud” that slowed deals with Wall Street bankers and limited international travel.   Alan Gocha Jr & Rick Snyder

I bet many convicted of drunk driving would like to “clear” up this conviction especially when it cost those with that conviction dearly in yearly insurance cost along with the court cost associated with a conviction such as this…

“I would really like to clean up a terrible mistake that I made,” he told the board in 2014. Gocha gave $26,500 to political action committees from 2011 through 2013. Gocha has connections to ETC Capital gave $275,000 to the RGA in October 2013, the group gave $276,000 to the Michigan Republican Party.
http://www.lansingstatejournal.com/story/news/local/capitol/2015/03/27/snyder-uses-pardon-connected-lawyer/70532636/

Macomb County Executive Democrat Mark Hackel gets Movie Role in Michigan made film
http://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/macomb-county/2014/12/28/former-sheriff-hackel-makes-movie-plays-deputy/20987265/

Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) gets Michigan subsidized Movie Role in Batman Superman
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/10/28/debbie-stabenow-batman-vs-superman_n_6064004.html

Where are the Republicans who have sponsored and voted to keep this taxpayer funded subsidy scam of a scheme going here in Michigan at taxpayers expense, no roles for them just their Democrat faction buddies in the Party of One.

If anyone still has the misconception that we have two major political Parties think again!

Movie Office Chief Plots Film Incentives Role Amid Politics Film Office Camera
In a political twist Jenell Leonard has started her new job as director of the Michigan Film Office by spreading the word that Michigan has $50 Million in taxpayer funds to giveaway to Obama’s Hollywood supporter film producers.

Jenell Leonard is the wife of Republican State Representative Tom Leonard!
http://www.freep.com/story/entertainment/movies/2015/03/23/michigan-film-office-incentives-movies-jenell-leonard/70355266/

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Is “Team” Snyder tied to Kawme Kilpatrick’s Criminal Enterprise?

Governor Rick Snyder’s economic “team” was one of several contractors who pumped millions into ex-Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick’s alleged criminal enterprise. Although the government hid the companies’ identities in the indictment, public records and interviews helped put names to aliases. The list of companies includes deep-pocketed donors and powerful executives. Hmmm… maybe that’s why the governor chose to abolish the “Nerd Fund” rather than to expose his donors?Kawme & Snyder

The companies involved are going to be needed by the FBI and the U.S. Attorney’s Office to help prosecute the case. “It’s always hard to say whether the payer of a bribe is culpable or a victim of the crime,” said Peter Henning, a law professor at Wayne State University and former federal prosecutor.

“Sometimes that’s hard to distinguish.” So far, most executives linked to the corruption probe have escaped indictment. Some witnesses were granted immunity and others are victims, U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade said.

Among the contractors who were allegedly extorted to retain Bobby Ferguson as a subcontractor include Walbridge, a general contractor headed by John Rakolta Jr., a longtime area powerbroker who was recently named to the Michigan Economic Development Corp. (MEDC) by Snyder. Wayne County and its Building Authority has filed a law suit seeking to recover $154 million from 3 jail contractors including John Rakolta’s Walbridge.

John Rakolta’s film studio, Raleigh Film Studios in Pontiac was awarded taxpayer funded subsidies when this studio defaulted on it’s bond payments the taxpayers of Michigan are now on the hook for making those missed payments through the under funded state pension fund. These subsides were awarded through the “failed” MEDC prior to Rakolta being appointed to the MEDC board. Can you say conflict of interest?

As of Sept. 30, 2010, the Michigan Public School Employees’ Retirement System and the Michigan State Employees’ Retirement System were unfunded by $21.7 billion.

The “secrecy” and back-door “deals” are very suspect to say the least surrounding politicians, government, and businessmen and looks to be a scheme (scam) bilking the taxpayers of Michigan out of millions of tax dollars all for political and financial gains. Let’s just hope and pray that U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade and her “team” continue looking down this rabbit hole of corruption and bring those businessmen and politicians to justice.
http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20101217/METRO/12170403&template=artiphone

Additional Sources:
http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20131031/NEWS/131039973/wayne-county-files-suit-seeks-to-recover-154-million-from-3-jail

Bob Ficano, John Rakolta And The Big Jail Problem
http://www.deadlinedetroit.com/articles/5094/bob_ficano_john_rakolta_and_the_big_jail_problem

Feds’ subpoenas target Wayne County business dealings
http://www.freep.com/article/20111117/NEWS02/111170499/Feds-subpoenas-target-Wayne-County-business-dealings

Wayne County Executive Bob Ficano replaces top officials (Romney related)
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2805204/posts

So, what was Schuette’s cut?
http://rightmi.com/old/www.rightmichigan.com/story/2013/11/4/113017/236.html

Suspicions sometimes followed after Kilpatrick, Ficano dealings along with John Rakolta
http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20120909/FREE/309099962/suspicions-sometimes-followed-after-kilpatrick-ficano-dealings

John Rakolta allegedly through media reports donated $10,000.00 to Democrat Bob Ficano’s campaign war chest only to receive the contract for the new Wayne County jail project.
http://bainreport.wordpress.com/2013/11/24/welcome-to-michigans-world-of-the-political-illusion/

Public Employee Pension Systems Raided To Pay Film Studio Bills
http://www.michigancapitolconfidential.com/18384

Michigan-Subsidized Film Studio Fails; State Pension Fund Had Guaranteed Loan
http://taxfoundation.org/blog/michigan-subsidized-film-studio-fails-state-pension-fund-had-guaranteed-loan

House Cuts $25M State Film Subsidies in Proposed Budget – Not So Fast Say’s Richardville
https://bainreport.wordpress.com/2013/04/26/house-cuts-25m-state-film-subsidies-in-proposed-budget-not-so-fast-says-richardville/

Report: State pension funds bankroll Pontiac studio; taxpayers lose on films
http://www.theoaklandpress.com/general-news/20130308/report-state-pension-funds-bankroll-pontiac-studio-taxpayers-lose-on-films

Michigan Pensions Cover Missed Bond Payment for Film Studio
http://news.heartland.org/newspaper-article/2012/02/02/michigan-pensions-cover-missed-bond-payment-film-studio

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