It is the hot thing for Democrats in positions of power to attack President Donald Trump but when the shoe is on the other foot they run.
That is the case of the Flint Michigan Mayor Karen Weaver to redirect charitable donations from around the world to her private fund.
The donations came pouring into Flint after the city was found to have contaminated water putting its residents at risk.
The Democrats who have run the city for decades we quick to blame Republicans for the crisis even though they had no power in the city.
But now the mayor is in a jam as she has been reported to have used the crisis to enrich herself at the expense of her citizens, MLive reported.
Flint Mayor Karen Weaver asked employees to redirect charitable donors to a nonprofit fund she created shortly after taking office in 2015, an ex-city official testified during a federal whistleblower trial in Detroit on Wednesday, May 8.
Weaver, who took the stand briefly Wednesday and may testify further Thursday, said she created the fund at the recommendation of other mayors or advisers from across Michigan, including former Lansing Mayor Virgil Bernero and Lansing Bishop David W. Maxwell, who assisted in the fund’s creation.
The mayor testified that Lansing-based Martin Waymire public relations firm recommended she devote a half-day per week to soliciting funds by phone from business leaders and charitable foundation directors. Because she was unable to devote the time, the firm helped draft a solicitation letter, but Weaver said she never mailed it.
Weaver testified the fund was “no secret,” intended to offset travel costs incurred while she spread the word across the state and nation about “what was going on with the city of Flint.”
“It couldn’t be secret if I was going to send out letters and make calls,” Weaver testified.
The mayor said she’d hoped to raise enough funds to compensate volunteers who assisted with the fund…
By January 2016, Weaver, who was elected and took office the previous November, created her nonprofit, Caring for Flint, with the help of the Miller Canfield law firm, according to testimony and records entered into evidence Wednesday.
The nonprofit was created as a 527 organization, usually a form of campaign fund created for politicians. Under federal law, a 527 account isn’t required to register or report to the state, can accept direct corporate contributions and is only obliged to report donors and expenditures if contributions exceed $25,000 in a year.
This is a woman, who in 2016, attacked President Trump for visiting the city of Flint and checking on the residents.
“Flint is focused on fixing the problems caused by lead contamination of our drinking water, not photo ops,” she said.
“Less than 60 days before the election and now Donald Trump rolls into town for a photo op. Give me a break. Where the hell have you been?” she said.
He was busy campaigning for president. You know what he was not doing? Stealing donations from the city and the residents that need it.
Flint Mayor Karen Weaver testifies at whistleblower trial linked to water crisis donations https://t.co/CK6WitoFeA
— MLive (@MLive) May 9, 2019
Karen Weaver took donations for the #FlintWaterCrisis & put them in her 527. Guess who she supported in '16… hint, grifters stick together
We need #Bernie2020
Flint mayor asked city employees to divert donations to her nonprofit, witness testifies https://t.co/RNqbKy4BlD
— sekhmara (@Sekhmara) May 9, 2019
Natasha Henderson was an overpaid hack hired by Snyder’s emergency manager to deprive Flint citizens of public services. Now she wants more cash from Flint taxpayers for wrongful discharge, when her wrongful hiring & abuse of power harmed Flint citizens.https://t.co/OpUyb56IMf
— Rustbeltopia (@rustbeltopia) May 10, 2019
Flint mayor asked city employees to divert donations to her nonprofit, witness testifies
Flint Mayor Karen Weaver asked employees to direct water crisis charitable donors to her 527 fund, ex-CFO says https://t.co/5NGOL3JDXu
— ⭐️ GB AMERICA ⭐️ (@MansardtheGreat) May 10, 2019