News from Progress Michigan

Thursday, January 10, 2013
Contact: Jessica Tramontana,, 517-974-6302

Snyder Administration Should Keep Promises of Transparency

LANSING – Progress Michigan called today on the Governor’s Office to release copies of all electronic and other correspondence between staff in the Governor’s Office and staff at the Michigan Economic Development Corporation related to promotion of the “right-to-work” law and the full-page color “Pure Michigan” ad that appeared in the Wall Street Journal on January 8, 2013.

“It’s important that Gov. Snyder take this opportunity to honor his promise to instill a culture of transparency in Lansing,” said Jessica Tramontana, Communications Director of Progress Michigan. “Simply issuing a hollow denial is a disservice to Michigan taxpayers – it’s time for Gov. Snyder to come clean.”

It’s no secret that Gov. Snyder has a history of repurposing the Pure Michigan brand for political purposes, as he has integrated the Pure Michigan “M” into his “Reinventing Michigan” brand on his website, online videos, and other visuals since the day he took office. This is just the latest and most prominent example.

While running for Governor, Rick Snyder posted a 10-point plan on his website. The third point included “Rick wants to restore ethics, accountability and transparency to state and local government.”

“The silence of the MEDC on this speaks volumes,” continued Tramontana. “Gov. Snyder can put this whole debate to rest by admitting responsibility or releasing proof that this didn’t come from his office.”


NOTE: The letter, which was hand-delivered to Gov. Snyder’s office earlier this afternoon, can be viewed below.

Letter to Gov. Snyder by

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