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Demeter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-13-06 06:23 PM
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DeVos Family Supporting Ford Boycott --PFAW email
While DeVoss shocking display of hypocrisy claiming he wants to bring jobs to Michigan while his family tries to put one of our largest companies out of business is all too typical for a far right politician, I wanted to share my personal outrage and make sure my fellow Michiganites were aware of it.


Reverend Charles E. Williams, II
Mary Church Terrell Council President and Executive Board Member of African American Ministers In Action


From the Triangle Foundation:

For Immediate release:
September 6, 2006
DeVos Family Support of Right-Wing Boycott on Ford Motor Co. Hurts MI Jobs

(Detroit-MI) - Dick DeVos, Jr.'s family has been caught funding the right-wing boycott of Ford Motor Company.

Dick DeVos, Jr. drew sharp criticism today for his family's support of the American Family Association boycott on Ford Motor Company. As a candidate for Governor, DeVos has built his entire campaign around the need for more jobs in Michigan. Triangle Foundation has uncovered evidence that his own family is using their wealth to cripple one of Michigan's leading employers.

DeVos claims in his "Michigan Turnaround Plan: Version 2.0" and in his multi-million dollar advertising blitz, that he wants to help create jobs and sustain Michigan's economy. However, his wife's family is funding the American Family Association Boycott of Ford Motor Company. Betsy DeVos's maiden name is Prince. She is the daughter of Edgar and Elsa Prince, whose foundation gave a "continuing support" grant of $10,000 to the AFA. If DeVos claims he wants to bring jobs to Michigan, why is his family trying to put one of Michigan's largest companies out of business? The DeVoses and the Princes are inextricably linked in their discriminatory philanthropic giving and their anti-gay political campaigns.

"This is a scandal and Dick DeVos and his family need to answer tough questions about their financing of anti-gay extremist organizations and how that is crippling Michigan's economy," said Sean Kosofsky, Director of Policy for Triangle Foundation. "The AFA is a radical religious extremist organization that boycotts anyone that doesn't fit their narrow fundamentalist agenda. Now it has come full circle and the DeVos and Prince families have been caught supporting efforts to punish Michigan workers."

DeVos even claims to fight for the auto industry even though he was recently quoted as saying that he was "unsympathetic" to the troubles that the auto industry has been having lately. DeVos's hostility to the auto industry dates back over a decade. According to a Grand Rapids Press article on December 16th of 1993 DeVos said the auto industry, "should stop crying and do something about (their lack of market share). I'm not very sympathetic with the auto industry because some of their problems are self-inflicted."

This is not the first time that the DeVos and Prince family have contributed to anti-LGBT efforts and organizations. In 1994, the DeVos family contributed over $8 million dollars to anti-abortion groups and other right-wing causes. In 1997, the Prince family contributed to the support of the building of a new headquarters in Washington, D.C. for the Family Research Council. Also, they have given $50,000 to the Promise Keepers. In 2004, the DeVos and Prince family contributed a combined total of $125,000 to the effort to ban marriage equality in the Michigan Constitution, known as Proposal 2.


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Lefty48197 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-17-06 05:48 PM
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1. Dick said he didn't know anything about this.
Did I hear him incorrectly? He was being interviewed by Devin Scillian on TV, and Devin asked him about the campaign by Betsy's family to boycott Ford, and I'm sure I remember Dick saying that he didn't know anything about it.

Dick has a lot of things to come clean about. Not only his record of layoffs at Amway, his support of the Christian Right Wing's Ford boycott, but also for his support for private school vouchers.

Dick wishes the election could have been in May, before people got around to asking these important questions.
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HeardOnTheHill Donating Member (114 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-18-06 07:29 AM
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2. Seriously?!?
So DeVos chastizes the president for failing to meet with the Big Three automakers while at the same time his family supports a hate-based boycott of Ford Motors. So seriously, does DeVos think that the voters are simply too stupid to see these discrepancies, or is he just too stupid to see them himself?
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Lefty48197 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-18-06 06:09 PM
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5. Both
Dick is too stupid to see to problem himself, and his wife thinks the voters are too stupid to see for themselves.
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noonwitch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-18-06 10:44 AM
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3. Anyone notice how Engler is not campaigning for DeVos?
Usually, a popular former governor will campaign for a candidate in his own party.

There is a split between the Engler camp and the Grand Rapids nutjobs. It does go back to that stupid voucher proposal, which eventually led to the MIGOP dumping Betsy DeVos as chair.

I think that the "RINO" vote in Oakland county will go for Granholm this year, and will win her the election. Northern Macomb county voters tend to be christian coalition types (that's why those of us in southern Macomb are now in Sander Levin's district) and will vote for DeVos, splitting the Macomb (3rd largest county) vote by geography.

If Granholm can win Wayne, Oakland and half of Macomb, she wins. She'll probably win Ingham, Genesee and Washtenaw, too. She can pick up enough votes in larger W. Michigan (Grand Rapids, Traverse City, Muskegon, K-zoo and Benton Harbor) cities to offset the religious right votes in majority dem counties like Wayne, too.
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Bozita Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-18-06 11:00 AM
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4. Ford employees need to see that!
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