Kevyn Orr, left, speaks as as Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder listens during a news conference in Detroit, Thursday, March 14, 2013. Snyder announced Thursday that he had chosen Orr, a partner in the Cleveland-based law and restructuring Jones Day firm, as Detroit's emergency manager. Snyder's already declared a financial emergency in Detroit, saying local officials lacked a plan to solve it. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
DETROIT (AP) -- A nonprofit fund that Gov. Rick Snyder created is paying for housing and some other expenses for Detroit's state-appointed emergency.
The Detroit Free Press and The Detroit News report payments by the New Energy to Reinvent and Diversify Fund previously weren't disclosed.
Kevyn Orr was hired in March. Snyder spokeswoman Sara Wurfel says the fund has paid $4,200 a month for Orr's condominium at downtown's Westin Book Cadillac since April. She says it also will cover Orr's commuting expenses to visit family in Maryland.
Orr's spokesman Bill Nowling revealed the arrangement Monday.
The fund is known as Snyder's "Nerd Fund," drawing on the Republican governor's campaign description of himself as "one tough nerd." It can accept unlimited anonymous donations.
Orr's $275,000-a-year salary is paid for by the state Treasury Department.