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CE Lobbyist Paid For Andrew Frounfelker Mailings Filled With Misleading Information

CE Lobbyist Paid For Frounfelker and Greer Mailings

Filled With Misleading Information

Information Presented Here Obtained Through The FOIA Process

And what is "Citizens For Energizing Michigan's Economy"? It turns out to be a Consumers Energy/DTE funded dark money group lobbying against deregulation of Michigan's utility industry.

Why is a CE funding ads for Andrew Frounfelker and Daniel Greer through this secretive lobbying group? What have Frounfelker and Greer got to do with deregulating Michigan's utility industry? Just an entity to funnel investors dark money to Frounfelker and Greer?

Many citizens concerned about the conflict of interest with Frounfelker working for Consumers Energy wrote to City Attorney Vujnov asking that she launch an investigation into this potential conflict and disqualify him. Her response? Nothing. She is in bed with Consumers Enegy and does Patti Poppe's bidding.

The lawlessness tolerated by the current council majority is inexcusable. The majority must be replaced with councilmembers who demand accountability and respect the rule of law.

Here is Daniel Greer advising on ways to oppose NDO before the alleged promise of CE election support and future cooperation changed his mind

Why is Consumers Energy and their legal department involved in the NDO and giving legal analysis and advice to city council members?

Why is Daniel Greer involved with communication with Consumers Energy legal department. He looks forward to great cooperation with CE in the future.

Could the illegal campaign mailings be payback by Patti Poppy, CEO of Consumers Power for CE employee Andy switching his vote on the NDO ordinance, as documented in an FOIA captured email response? Or perhaps CE is making an investment in buying votes by Daniel Greer on future issues of interest to our favorite pubic utility?

Daniel Greer says he looks forward to collaborating with Consumers Energy CEO Patti Poppe in the future.

Maybe they want another $18.5 million dollar parking structure paid for by the taxpayers of Jackson. Do we really want to find out?

Lets Look At These Claims Of Accomplishments

    Frounfelker Claims
  • Voted against 25% pay increase for elected officials
  • Reality:

    5/21/2017 Council Meeting Minutes

    LOCC Recommendation – Mayor and City Council Salary. Recommendation: Recommendation from the Local Officers Compensation Commission (LOCC) for Mayor annual salary the first year (2017) a $2,000.00 increase effective to be retroactive to January 1, 2017, and second year (2018) a $1,000.00 increase effective January 1, 2018. Also, recommended for City Councilmembers salary the first year (2017) $1,500.00 increase effective January 1, 2017, and second year (2018) a $750.00 increase effective January 1, 2018.

    Motion was made by Councilmember Greer, seconded by Councilmember Robinson to receive and place on file. Votes – Yeas: Mayor Jors, Councilmembers Robinson, Dancy, Greer (4). Nays: Councilmembers Pappin, Frounfelker, and Dobies (3). Motion carried.

    FROUNFELKER VOTED AGAINST THE RAISE KNOWING FULL WELL IT WOULD PASS. AFTER ALL, IT WAS AN ELECTION YEAR. PAPPIN VOTED HIS CONCIENCE. DOBIES AND FROUNFELKER VOTED FOR POLITICAL POSTURING.

  • Voted for tax cuts for those in need
  • Reality:

    March 28th Council Meeting:

    B. Resolution for City Assessor Poverty Exemption Guidelines. Recommendation: Resolution for revised City Assessor Poverty Exemption Guidelines.

    Motion was made by Councilmember Greer, seconded by Councilmember Frounfelker to approve the resolution. Discussion occurred. Councilmember Pappin then made the motion to split the question, seconded by Councilmember Greer. Part A and B. Part A change 5% to 6% to comply with state law. B. Looking at the entire household assets combined to make a flat rate rather than adjusted by CPI. Vote on amended motion to split the vote. Votes  Yeas: Mayor Jors, Councilmembers Robinson, Dancy, Greer, Pappin, Frounfelker, and Dobies (7). Nays: none. Motion carried.

    Motion was made by Councilmember Dobies, seconded by Councilmember Pappin to approve Part A. Votes  Yeas: Mayor Jors, Councilmembers Robinson, Dancy, Greer, Pappin, Frounfelker, and Dobies (7). Nays: none. Motion carried.

    FROUNFELKER VOTED TO RAISE THE EXEMPTION FROM 5% TO 6% TO COMPLY WITH STATE LAW. HE HAD NOT CHOICE. TAKING CREDIT FOR THIS VOTE IS DESPICABLE.

  • Stood up against unnecessary expenses.....
  • Reality:

    5/15/2012 Meeting Minutes

    2. APPROVAL OF THE FISCAL YEAR 2012-2013 BUDGET FOR THE DOWNTOWN DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY PURSUANT TO ACT197 OF THE PUBLIC ACTS OF 1975 AS LAST AMENDED. Motion was made by Councilmember Frounfelker and seconded by Councilmember Dobies to refer the budget back to the DDA to address the deficit and bring the matter back to the Council on May 22,2012. The motion was adopted by the following vote. Yeas: MayorGriffin and Councilmembers Breeding, Jaquish, Greer, Schlecte, Frounfelker and Dobies—7. Nays:0. Absent:0.

    5/22/2012 Meeting Minutes

    A. CONSIDERATION OF THE REQUEST TO APPROVE THE FISCAL YEAR 2012-2013 BUDGET FOR THE DOWNTOWN DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY(DDA) PURSUANT TO ACT197 OF THE PUBLIC ACTS OF 1975 AS LAST AMENDED.(REFERRED BACK TO THE DDA AT THE MAY 15,2012, CITY COUNCIL MEETING.)

    5/22/2012 Motion was made by Councilmember Frounfelker and seconded by Councilmember Schlecte to approve the request. The motion was adopted by the following vote. Yeas: Mayor Griffin and Councilmembers Breeding, Jaquish, Greer, Schlecte, Frounfelker and Dobies—7.Nays:0.Absent:0.

    FROUNFELKER DID NOT "STAND UP AGAINST UNNECESSARY EXPENSES". THE BUDGET WAS SENT BACK FOR REVIEW AS ARE MOST OF THE BUDGET SUBMITTSALS.

    Greer Claims
  • Voted for lower taxes
  • Reality:

    March 28th Council Meeting:

    B. Resolution for City Assessor Poverty Exemption Guidelines. Recommendation: Resolution for revised City Assessor Poverty Exemption Guidelines.

    Motion was made by Councilmember Greer, seconded by Councilmember Frounfelker to approve the resolution. Discussion occurred. Councilmember Pappin then made the motion to split the question, seconded by Councilmember Greer. Part A and B. Part A change 5% to 6% to comply with state law. B. Looking at the entire household assets combined to make a flat rate rather than adjusted by CPI. Vote on amended motion to split the vote. Votes  Yeas: Mayor Jors, Councilmembers Robinson, Dancy, Greer, Pappin, Frounfelker, and Dobies (7). Nays: none. Motion carried.

    Motion was made by Councilmember Dobies, seconded by Councilmember Pappin to approve Part A. Votes  Yeas: Mayor Jors, Councilmembers Robinson, Dancy, Greer, Pappin, Frounfelker, and Dobies (7). Nays: none. Motion carried.

    GREER VOTED TO RAISE THE EXEMPTION FROM 5% TO 6% TO COMPLY WITH STATE LAW. HE HAD NOT CHOICE. TAKING CREDIT FOR THIS VOTE IS DESPICABLE.

  • Stood up against unnecessary expenses.....
  • Reality:

    5/15/2012 Meeting Minutes

    2. APPROVAL OF THE FISCAL YEAR 2012-2013 BUDGET FOR THE DOWNTOWN DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY PURSUANT TO ACT197 OF THE PUBLIC ACTS OF 1975 AS LAST AMENDED. Motion was made by Councilmember Frounfelker and seconded by Councilmember Dobies to refer the budget back to the DDA to address the deficit and bring the matter back to the Council on May 22,2012. The motion was adopted by the following vote. Yeas: MayorGriffin and Councilmembers Breeding, Jaquish, Greer, Schlecte, Frounfelker and Dobies—7. Nays:0. Absent:0.

    5/22/2012 Meeting Minutes

    A. CONSIDERATION OF THE REQUEST TO APPROVE THE FISCAL YEAR 2012-2013 BUDGET FOR THE DOWNTOWN DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY(DDA) PURSUANT TO ACT197 OF THE PUBLIC ACTS OF 1975 AS LAST AMENDED.(REFERRED BACK TO THE DDA AT THE MAY 15,2012, CITY COUNCIL MEETING.)

    5/22/2012 Motion was made by Councilmember Frounfelker and seconded by Councilmember Schlecte to approve the request. The motion was adopted by the following vote.Yeas: Mayor Griffin and Councilmembers Breeding, Jaquish, Greer, Schlecte, Frounfelker and Dobies—7.Nays:0.Absent:0.

    GREER DID NOT "STAND UP AGAINST UNNECESSARY EXPENSES". THE BUDGET WAS SENT BACK FOR REVIEW AS ARE MOST OF THE BUDGET SUBMITTSALS.

Lets look at what they have really done for us.

  • Voted for tax giveaways to well heeled developers
  • Reality: These developers don't pay the property taxes to support the city services they demand. The cost of those services falls on the rest of us taxpayers, the hard working and retired residents of Jackson.

  • Voted the expend OUR street and sewer funds on the downtown core to unnecessarily replace the water and sewer lines as an excuse to spend millions of dollars on redesigning and rebuilding Michigan Ave.
  • Reality: Look nice doesn't it? But the rest of the streets are a shambles damaging suspensions and tires on the cars owned by the hard working and retired citizens of Jackson.

  • Voted to support the Dan Gilbert (Quicken Loans) state legislation that captures income and property taxes levied on citizens residing in new brownfield areas (downtown Jackson) and sends those taxes to the well heeled developers vying for free public money to increase their profits at our expense.
  • Reality:No taxes collected to provide the services demanded. Services that will have to be paid for by the hard working and retired citizens of Jackson.

  • Voted over and over to support the demolition of "blighted" homes in Jackson
  • Reality:No tax revenues and weed filled lots the mowing of which are paid for by the hard working and retired residents of Jackson

  • Voted over and over to demolish homes mainly in minority and low-income areas.
  • Reality: Was their purpose to drive out the elements in the city which do not fit the "young professional" mold? They won't admit it but disparate impact analysis says YES.

  • Voted against rehabbing "blighted" homes over and over by supporting Draconian ordinances which impose outrageous fees and requirements on potential home owners.
  • Reality: Ordinances designed to make rehabilitation prohibitively expensive for low and moderate income do it yourself owners that would otherwise put these houses back on the tax rolls. These are more of the people who do not fit the "young professional" mold championed by Burtch and his cohorts at CE.
A no vote on Frounfelker and Greer on November 7th will alleviate the worry over who they represent and what they will do for the hard working and retired citizens of Jackson as opposed to the corporate interests of Consumers Energy.

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