Congressman wants changes in grooming
TRAVERSE CITY - U.S. Rep. Dave Camp's efforts to help a hotel owner turn a strip of East Bay marsh into a sandy beach prompted the Midland Republican to trek to Traverse City with two high-ranking federal bureaucrats in tow.
Camp's goal: push the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to back off a plan to preserve a specific percentage of bay wetlands along U.S. 31 north.
James Clift, of the Michigan Environmental Council, said it was "unusual" for such a high official to visit a property over a minor permit application.
"I wouldn't be surprised if there were political contributions spread around there somewhere," Clift said.
He was right. Within three weeks of the Camp visit, MacColeman donated $2,500 to the Republican National Congressional Committee, followed by another $2,500 donation in May.