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Breaking News: Governor Rick Snyder to close NERD Fund as Disclosure of Emails in Bankruptcy Case Heats Up

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Michigan Governor Rick Snyder has announced --via a third party, he is closing the controversial NERD Fund - Non -Profit less than one week after the fund only known full-time paid consultant Richard Baird became a state of Michigan employee, as revealed on Independent Underground News & Talk.
Governor Rick Snyder's controversial NERD Fund will be dissolved, according to the fund's president.
"We're shutting her down," said Charlie Secchia, who heads up the non-profit. The non-profit's final meeting will be this week. He said a formal announcement is planned for tomorrow or Wednesday," WXYZ.com reported.
The NERD Fund closer comes on the heels of weeks of transfers, resignations and legal inquires associated with Governor Rick Snyder's Emergency Manager Law - P.A. -436 of 2012 and the former repealed legislation P.A. 4 of 2011.

On Friday, October 11, 2013, State Treasurer Andy Dillon resigned after months of rumors alleging substance abuse and family problems. Dillon was quickly replaced last Friday by Kevin Clinton - former Director of the State Department of Insurance Financial Services.

As Detroit Bankruptcy case continues, Governor Rick Snyder's -- Attorney General Bill Schuette, filed a brief seeking to block disclosure of emails and documents members of Gov. Rick Snyder's administration exchanged while deliberating over candidates for Detroit's emergency manager.

"Attorney General Bill Schuette filed an emergency motion on Snyder's behalf seeking intervention in a lawsuit brought by union activist Robert Davis against the state Treasury Department that seeks documents," MLive.com reported.
Wayne County Circuit Court Judge Maria Oxholm has scheduled a Tuesday hearing on the motion. Last week, Oxholm ordered the Treasury Department to provide her with copies of records under seal that hadn't been redacted.
Schuette wrote that Snyder wants to "protect the other candidates for the emergency manager position from being unnecessarily burdened and harassed."
The Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) July 2013 named Gov. Snyder as one of the "Worst Governors In America" for his failure to disclose donors of the NERD Fund and using revenue from the non-profit to make security improvements to the Governor's private residence in Ann Arbor Township, Michigan.
"Shortly after taking office, Gov. Snyder set up three funds in order to accept unlimited corporate donations, including New Energy to Reinvent and Diversify (NERD), a 501(c)(4) tax-exempt group dedicated to “the promotion of civic action and social welfare.” However, its 2011 tax filings showed NERD spent more than $130,000 on a security system and furniture for the governor’s residences.
Two members of Gov. Snyder’s staff have been on the payroll of the NERD fund, including Rich Baird, a “transformation manager” whose consulting firm is paid $100,000 a year. Gov. Snyder is the firm’s sole client."
Independent Underground News & Talk will update this story, as warranted.

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