Election 2016

Flint Mayor Who Backed Hillary Got $500,000 From Clinton Donors for Water Program

The donation came from the powerful Pritzker family.

Hillary Clinton in Flint, Michigan
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The Flint WaterWorks initiative, a program that will help provide young people with jobs to assist those impacted by the water crisis, was announced on Sunday by Flint mayor Karen Weaver and former first daughter Chelsea Clinton.

A story from the Detroit Free Press revealed that the project was created through a $500,000 donation from J.B. and M.K. Pritzker, who are among the top donors to outside groups that support the former Secretary of State.

A recent Newsweek story details their contributions:

Pritzker and his wife, Mary Kathryn (known as M.K.), are among the top five donors to outside spending groups backing Clinton, contributing more than $2.8 million to Priorities USA, a political action committee (PAC) that supports Clinton and can legally take unlimited donations. Pritzker and his wife, who each donated $1 million in January, will contribute more, he says, if necessary. He declined to say exactly how much he’s willing to spend, but  the 51-year-old Chicagoan, who is worth an estimated $3.3 billion, is calling this election “one of the most important of my life.

Although Bernie Sanders won Michigan in a historic upset, Clinton was victorious in Genesee County, where Flint is located.

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Michael Arria covers labor and social movements. Follow him on Twitter: @michaelarria