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Snyder Dissolves NERD Fund, Creates More Transparent New One

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LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) - The governor is dissolving his controversial "Nerd Fund" and creating a new one that he promises will be more transparent, but the flap continues over other organizations who have called on the governor to disclose donors when those groups won't do that themselves. 

The governor has been under attack for the fund, which he used to pay for services that he does not want taxpayers to underwrite, but when Democrats and others urged the governor to disclose the names of the donors, he refused.

Governor Snyder contends the Nerd Fund was legal, but because the issue has become a distraction, he is creating a new fund that will release names. So why didn't he do that in the first place? "I had not had the experience before with funds of this nature. I wasn't in the political world. I think there's an opportunity for all of us to learn and improve."

Meanwhile, GOP consultant Stu Sandler is fighting back, telling all the groups that are criticizing the governor to disclose their donors.

But the director of Progress Michigan, Lonnie Scott, a liberal leaning group, refuses to do discoluse his funds. "We haven't. We are not similar organizations.

"We don't control any part of state government. We are an advocacy group," said Scott, who says if a law was passed to disclose donors, he would.

In other words, his organization can not hand out favors which could be the case with the governor's fund, but there's no evidence of that.

"He called for everybody to be transparent, but not himself. Total hypocrisy. He couldn't remember his own donors, but Governor Snyder, who runs a 50,000 person government, is suppose to remember his," said Sandler.

Democratic Challenger Mark Schauer had similiar funds, but he could not make a full disclosure of his donors because the files no longer exist.

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