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New organization running TV ads for Gov. Whitmer's road spending plan


By Andrew Giermak | Mar 4, 2020

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The Road to Michigan’s Future (ROMF), a new nonprofit social welfare organization, has been running television ads supporting Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s $3.5 billion bond plan for highway and bridge repair. In her State of the State address Jan. 29, Whitmer announced the infrastructure plan. 

ROMF bought advertising time, which is worth $750,000, in the days following the State of the State, reports The Center Square. According to the Federal Communications Commission, the ads are running in Detroit, Grand Rapids, Sagniaw and other cities. ROMF was formed on Jan. 15 of this year.

The organization incorporated as a “social welfare organization,” so under federal law, it does not have to release information on its donors. Richard Weiner, a former chief of staff to former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm, incorporated ROMF.

“Michigan has the worst roads in the country, and they’re getting more dangerous and more expensive to fix every single day,” states the The Road to Michigan's Future.

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