Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) and pro-abortion groups that benefited from corrupt crypto funds during the 2022 campaign are refusing to give the money back as requested.
FTX founder and former CEO Sam Bankman-Fried, former co-CEO of FTX Digital Markets Ryan Salame, and former Director of Engineering Nishad Singh gave a combined $80 million in campaign contributions to Democrat candidates and progressive causes last election cycle, the Detroit Free Press reported.
Singh gave $4 million — nearly 10 percent of all receipts — to Reproductive Freedom For All (RFFA), a ballot initiative that sought a constitutional amendment to drop restrictions on abortion. According to CoinDesk.com, Singh had received a $543 million loan from FTX.
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Inquiries sent last week to the coalition making up RFFA — the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan, Planned Parenthood of Michigan and Michigan Voices — were not returned. RFFA raised more than $45 million during the election cycle. An amended post-general campaign finance statement filed Feb. 22 showed the committee having about $965,000 left in its account.
Singh also gave the maximum individual contribution of $7,150 to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s reelection campaign, per records. Whitmer won reelection handily over Republican challenger Tudor Dixon, and voters also adopted Proposal 3 by a wide margin.
A spokesman for Whitmer’s campaign said the contribution from Singh, who pleaded guilty to “a series of federal charges”, was being held “in escrow” — not being returned.
U.S. Senate candidate Elissa Slotkin also received tainted funds for her U.S. House race, but did not respond to a question about whether she will return them. In February, FTX’s new management asked politicians to return the funds in an apparent attempt to make investors whole after an estimated $8 billion went missing.
In October, Bridge Michigan reported Singh’s $4 million contribution was the third largest to the abortion constitutional amendment, behind liberal 501(c)(4) Sixteen Thirty Fund’s $5.2 million and $4.5 million from Open Society Policy Center, a organization affiliated with George Soros.
“Why would a 27 year old Indian American software engineer who resides in the Bahamas, care so much about promoting abortion in Michigan?” the website American Prolifer wondered.
The answer to that question may never be found, but nevertheless, Democrats and pro-abortion forces got their Michigan constitutional amendment without giving a second thought to Singh’s fate or FTX investors.