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Democrats Say Governor's Cousin Received Special Help With Contract

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LANSING, MI (WLNS) - Michigan democrats are alleging Tuesday that Governor Rick Snyder's cousin got preferential treatment in landing a $41 million furniture contract with the state.

Now they are asking the U.S. Attorney to look into possible criminal wrong doing.

6 News Capitol Correspondent Tim Skubick has the back and forth over the charges.

These democrats are allege ding that the governor's cousin got special treatment in protecting his contract with the state.

The party filed a massive document calling for an investigation into what may have been a violation of federal laws.

George Snyder, the governor's cousin, runs DBI furniture and democrats claim when he found out his $19 million state contract was going to be capped at $1 million, he asked for help from one of the governor's closest advisors.

The democratic attorney says he has no proof that the governor's cousin got special treatment in return for a campaign contribution, the so called quid quo pro.

The state democratic party chair concedes there is nothing illegal about phone calls and emails concerning the furniture contract, but something smells.

The democrats contend the governor was talking about shared caprice at the time he was cutting the budget, but somebody in his family was immune from that.

The governor was not available to comment on all this, but his office dismissed it as a manufactured issue based on emails that were "taken out of context."

The official in the budget office dismissed as "absolutely false" the allegation of favoritism within the Snyder family.

There's no word from the U.S. Attorney on what he'll do with this document.

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