Governor Defends Use of "Nerd Fund"

By: News 10
By: News 10

FILE - In this July 19, 2013 file photo, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, right, and state-appointed emergency manager Kevyn Orr leave a news conference in Detroit after addressing the city's bankruptcy. The decision to make Detroit the largest U.S. city to file for bankruptcy protection was tough to make, but it was the right one, Snyder said Sunday, July 21, 2013, as he and Orr made the television talk show rounds. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)

FILE - In this July 19, 2013 file photo, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, right, and state-appointed emergency manager Kevyn Orr leave a news conference in Detroit after addressing the city's bankruptcy. The decision to make Detroit the largest U.S. city to file for bankruptcy protection was tough to make, but it was the right one, Snyder said Sunday, July 21, 2013, as he and Orr made the television talk show rounds. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)

"It's all legal that the information that's been presented as required. It doesn't go to my personal benefit."

Governor Snyder was also asked about the "nerd fund," a non-profit that pays the salary of his advisor Rich Baird and the rent for Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr.

Democrats have attacked the governor for what they call a lack of transparency because the fund keeps its donor list private.

He says the idea is simply to save tax dollars and donors know that before they write a check.

"We've been very clear that it's all legal that the information that's been presented as required. it doesn't go to my personal benefit. it's actually offsetting costs of government so people should feel comfortable with that," said Governor Snyder.

The state is paying Kevyn Orr's $275,000 salary and the for the cost of his security detail.

The nerd fund pays $4,200 a month for his two-room condo at Detroit's "Westin Book Cadillac" hotel and reimburses him at coach-rate fare for travel.

Governor Snyder did not answer when asked if we'll ever get an accounting of what else the fund is used for.


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