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News from Progress Michigan Political Action Fund
October 24, 2014
Progress Michigan PAF Going Back on the Air with Snyder/Aramark Ad
Television ad will air from Saturday through the election to hold Snyder accountable
LANSING — An ad aimed at highlighting the numerous problems with Gov. Snyder’s handling of the state’s Aramark contract will go back up on the air from October 25th through the election, the Progress Michigan Political Action Fund announced today.
The highly successful ad, titled “Maggots,” reached tens of thousands of Michigan voters through TV and the Youtube versionof the ad reached nearly 30,000 views in its first iteration.
The ad will run on cable markets in Southeast Michigan, Flint, Saginaw and Marquette.
“Michigan voters are concerned about the fact that Gov. Snyder is putting corporate profits over public safety,” said Lonnie Scott, executive director of Progress Michigan. “Gov. Snyder’s decision to maintain the Aramark contract despite drug smuggling, sexual contact with inmates, and a murder-for-hire plot is baffling and he needs to be held accountable.”
On Thursday, two additional stories broke related to the Aramark contract. A former Aramark employee filed a whistle-blower complaint with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration alleging she lost her job because she complained about unsanitary and dangerous food preparation practices, as well as falsifying records. Later in the day, a third Aramark employee was fired on suspicion of drug smuggling.
“What kind of leader sits idly by while public employees and Michigan communities are put in harm’s way?” Scott questioned.“Over 100 Aramark employees have been banned from Michigan prisons and we have yet to hear back from Governor Snyder or Aramark if those employees are now working in Michigan schools. We should also remember that 370 state employees lost their jobs when this contract was outsourced to Aramark. Governor Snyder should stop putting corporate profits over public safety and should cancel the Aramark contract immediately.”