“And what if I did?” Lansing Developer Joel Ferguson publicly demonstrates disdain for ethics when d

No Secret Lansing Deals – a coalition of Lansing citizens and small business owners – demands Lansing Developer Joel Ferguson explain his longstanding relationships between Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero and other city officials.

According to public statements made by Lansing 1st ward council member Jody Washington, Ferguson paid for two tickets for Bernero so that he could attend the 2014 Rose Bowl.

Buying football tickets for a friend may not seem newsworthy, but when former Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox alleges in federal court that you routinely engage in dishonest business practices to influence city officials in accordance to your agenda, that’s when bad behavior must be questioned by the public.

“Joel Ferguson and (Ferguson Development company officials) misuse Ferguson’s political influence to create a “pay-to-play” system for municipal and state contract approvals, political favors, and access to public tax dollars related to public contracts for highly profitable land development projects focused primarily in and around the City of Lansing.” Cox said in a recently published response in the Lansing State Journal.

So what was Ferguson’s response to this “pay to play” allegation by a former state attorney general?

“And what if I did?” Seriously. That’s what he said.

We deserve more than dismissive answers from our city business and political leaders regarding serious public matters. No Secret Lansing Deals continues to stand up for the citizens of Lansing, who deserve to know what goes on behind closed doors.

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