Governor's nonprofit pays for Detroit EM's housing

Sep 24, 2013

DETROIT (AP) — A nonprofit fund that Gov. Rick Snyder created is paying for housing and some other expenses for Detroit's state-appointed emergency manager.

The Detroit Free Press and The Detroit News report payments by the New Energy to Reinvent and Diversify Fund previously weren't disclosed.

Kevyn Orr was hired in March. Snyder spokeswoman Sara Wurfel says the fund paid $4,200 a month for Orr's condominium at downtown's Westin Book Cadillac since April. She says it also will cover Orr's commuting expenses to visit family in Maryland.

Orr's spokesman Bill Nowling revealed the arrangement Monday.

The fund is known as Snyder's "Nerd Fund," drawing on the Republican governor's campaign description of himself as "one tough nerd." It can accept unlimited anonymous donations.

Orr's $275,000-a-year salary is paid for by the state Treasury Department.