Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer has been in the news a lot lately, it seems. We can hardly turn on the TV without hearing her name. She’s been in the headlines for all of the wrong reasons, though. Whitmer has banned numerous services that most would consider to be essential. Gardening supplies, paint, carpeting and grass seed cannot be sold until further notice.
Motorboats have banned but rowboats and canoes are still good to go. If these decrees do not make any sense to you, don’t worry. You are not alone. Michigan residents have been protesting these rules and for good reason. The tyranny that is taking place has gotten out of hand.
As if this were not enough, Whitmer has decided to top herself. Every Action VAN is the far-left group that she has seen fit to empower. They have been rewarded with a coronavirus contract that allows them to organize remote phone banks. Every Action VAN is also going to be responsible for tracking contacts and information.
Whitmer has given this far-left group the power to collect private data from her state’s residents. Of course, this group is also one of her campaign vendors. When you view the decision through that lens, it starts to make perfect sense. They are one of the largest technology firms that the left has to offer.
The move has led to some very difficult conversations. There are some who believe that she is looking to use the coronavirus as a means of strengthening the Democratic party. Their data operations have been in need of an upgrade for some time now. Will these moves come at the expense of the general public’s health and safety, though? That’s a question that has yet to be answered in full.
The aforementioned data collection functions as an arm of the Democratic data giant NGP VAN. As a liberal firm, they are responsible for working with all of the major campaign committees on the left side of the aisle. A multitude of labor unions is dependent on their services as well.
Stuart Trevelyan runs the group. He is perhaps best known for his work as a Democratic campaign operative. Trevelyan first came to prominence while he was working in the White House during the Clinton administration. Joe Biden’s campaign has already reached out to him for assistance. The group is working tirelessly to help Biden with his fundraising and voter outreach efforts.
Federal Election Commission reports corroborate these claims. Whitmer spent $5,000 on NGP VAN related assistance during her own gubernatorial campaign, according to Michigan’s current campaign finance records. States all over the country are putting their own contract tracing teams together but their level of effectiveness remains to be seen.
Michigan Democratic governor Gretchen Whitmer has handed over control of the state’s new contact-tracing operation to one of her own campaign vendors and one of the left’s biggest technology firms. The move has sparked concern that she is using the coronavirus to strengthen the Democratic Party’s data operation, potentially at the expense of public health.
The Whitmer administration announced Monday that it had awarded a contract for contact tracing in the state to Every Action VAN, an arm of the Democratic data behemoth NGP VAN. The liberal firm works with all of the major Democratic campaign committees and hundreds of labor unions across the country, according to its website, and will “help organize remote phone banking and track information and contacts” for Michigan, a state press release said.
The group is run by Stuart Trevelyan, a longtime Democratic campaign operative who worked in the Clinton White House and is currently assisting presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden’s campaign with voter outreach and fundraising, according to Federal Election Commission reports. Whitmer’s own gubernatorial campaign paid NGP VAN nearly $5,000 in 2019, according to state campaign finance records. Every Action is a branch of the firm that works with nonprofit organizations.
States across the country have begun contact tracing operations in the hope that wide-scale interviews will unlock crucial information and prevent additional infections. But Whitmer appears to be the first governor to employ a group that typically focuses on politics to help with the task.
By conducting interviews on a wider scale, these contract tracing initiatives are supposed to unlock all of the necessary information. Additional infections could be prevented if everything goes according to plan. Whitmer is the first governor of any state to appoint a committee that is usually more focused on political concerns, though.
That’s why there is such a sizable amount of skepticism. It will probably not surprise you to learn that Whitmer has already decided to step away from this decision. She is claiming that the group will not actually be assisting her. The contract has since been rescinded, if you are willing to take her word for it on this one.
Call us crazy but we are going to take a “wait and see” approach here. She might be saying whatever she needs to say to get everyone off her back. After all, the state of Michigan has been protesting a number of her moves as of late. Whitmer is probably nervous about sparking any further demonstrations with her blatantly corrupt behavior.
We are sure that the truth is going to come out eventually. No one is falling for the same tricks that the Democrats have been pulling for years. Even if she did “rescind” the contract, they are still going to be working together in the future. Whitmer obviously stays in close contact with this organization and will be working with them as often as possible.
Political organizations cannot be utilized to collect information from private citizens. If she thinks that she has seen protests already, they are going to pale in comparison to the problems that are coming down the road. Michigan residents have decided that they are not going to tolerate her corruption any longer and we wish them the best of luck going forward. They are going to be needing it.