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The issue of transparency should be crystal clear

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Democrats continue to pile on the GOP governor for being less than forth-coming on who are the donors to the now infamous and now defunct Nerd Fund.

Gov. Rick Snyder promised the big shooters that he would keep their names secret and Democratic challenger Mark Schauer and all Democrats are aghast that he has not come across with the names.

Well turns out not all Democrats.

Progress Michigan, the self-appointed mouthpiece for all things liberal, has a curious, and its critics might add, inconsistent stance on all this.

Executive Director Lonnie Scott says he is all about transparency and would support a state law to force all groups to disclose who the donors are and how much they coughed up.

But when it comes to his own group leading the way, he moves to the back of the line.

"We're not interested in that showing," of our names he tells a somewhat puzzled Off the Record panel of capitol scribes.

Hold it.  He wants the governor to disclose, but he won't do the same?

Sorta.

Actually here is what he says, and you figure it out. "I think he should disclose but I won't call for him to release the names."

Come again.

Pressed for some disclosures, he reports the "average contribution is twenty-three dollars" and while he does not know the exact figure, the highest donations run around a couple thousand dollars.

He explains his reluctance to show and tell by saying "there is no comparison between the Nerd fund and Progress Michigan."

Mr. Scott argues the governor's friends could get favors, jobs, or who knows what-all in return for their contribution.  "We don't have control over contracts" with our donors he points out.  It's a fair point but begs the question.

Some would argue, transparency is transparency and what's good for the gov, should be good for everyone else.

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