Retail giant Meijer secretly funded a plan to orchestrate last
February's recall of Acme Township's elected officials, a potential
violation of state campaign finance laws.|
Meijer paid a public relations firm at least $30,000 in a failed effort to remove Acme's board after years of zoning disputes over Meijer's plans to build a store along M-72 in Grand Traverse County. Meijer's public relations firm crafted recall language, devised election strategy, wrote campaign literature, and used local residents as figureheads in the recall.
Meijer never reported its contributions to the recall effort. Michigan law requires reporting of all campaign contributions and bars corporations such as Meijer from contributing to political campaigns.