Congressman Stupak started his relationship with GLSHS very early in his career and he continued his sponsorship of GLSHS through the years. As recently as September 20, 2005, Stupak issued a press release announcing a grant awarded to GLSHS even while they were under the gun for misusing more than $124,000 of Federal grant funds.
Around the same time that Stupak participated in a ceremony to transfer the Fitzgerald Bell to the GLSHS in 1994, he introduced special legislation that transferred the Whitefish Point Light Station from the United States Coast Guard to the GLSHS. Stupak got the Whitefish Point Light Station transferred to the GLSHS with legislation that included language objected to by Michigan’s State Historic Preservation Office, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, and the Michigan Audubon Society. Stupak sponsored the transfer of the Whitefish Point Light Station in spite of the GLSHS’s established pattern of law bending that included allowing the public to walk through mercury for more than two years and systematically, illegally removing artifacts from the Great Lakes bottomlands.
Stupak introduced special legislation (H.R. 3606) for the GLSHS in 2005 to change their federal land patent for the Whitefish Point Light Station. Many people believed that the GLSHS was trying to get around the land patent's restrictions on commercialization and over-development of the Whitefish Point Light Station and a grass roots protest helped kill Stupak's bill in committee. In September of 2006, Stupak tried to sneak the very same bill through Congress exclusively for the GLSHS in spite of its controversy. Stupak mentioned the wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald when claiming his bill was straight forward and non-controversial.
Stupak got his perennial legislation for GLSHS pass the U.S. House of Representatives in 2007 by tacking on a different bill number (H.R. 2121) and making false claims that the bill was noncontroversial. H.R. 2121 still sat in the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources by the end of 2007. See “How You Can Help” to help stop H.R. 2121.
The reasons for Congressman’s Stupak’s inappropriate support for the GLSHS are not known. However, Tom Farnquist, Executive Director of the GLSHS, is a contributor to Stupak’s political campaign fund as a private citizen.
(See www.campaignfinancemoney.com and www.opensecrets.com for details on Farnquist’s contributions to Stupak’s political campaign funds.)
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