FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
STATE REP. BRIAN BANKS PUTS DONORS AHEAD OF HEALTH AND SAFETY OF DETROIT’S CHILDREN
DETROIT, MI (September 19, 2016) – District 1 State Representative Brian Banks, chair of the Detroit caucus, is quoted in a September 19, 2016 Detroit News article “Records: State missed dirty instruments at DMC” stating he “has all faith and confidence the DMC will address the issue comprehensively and correctly.”
According to campaign finance reports covering contributions from November 25, 2014 to August 22, 2016, show that Banks received $13,345 in contributions, nearly 9.5% of his total receipts over the period, from individuals or PAC’s* connected to the Detroit Medical Center.
William Broman, Republican candidate for District 1, said “Banks’ controversial history has created an environment where he cannot stand up for Detroiters when doing so would mean challenging those who have made campaign contributions.” He said “I am not necessarily calling for action against any DMC employees, I am calling for changes that will ensure quality.”
Broman continued “there is always room for improvement, when we don’t challenge someone to improve we accept mediocrity and lower the standards for everyone. In the operating room I don’t think we need lower standards.”
The issue of dirty instruments making their way into operating rooms at Children’s Hospital of Michigan should be of great importance to the chair of the Detroit caucus in Lansing as 95% of Detroit’s children receive medicaid, and medicaid is funded through tax dollars.
Donors to Banks’ campaign committee from November 25, 2014 to August 22, 2016 with connections to the DMC include:
Conrad Mallett, Chief Administrative Officer, DMC**: $1,050
Sue Jurcak, Administrator, DMC: $1,000
Dr. Charles Seigerman, Doctor, DMC: $625
Joseph Mullany, President, DMC: $250
David Katz, Executive, DMC: $250
Katrina McCree, Executive, DMC: $170
Michigan Health and Hospital PAC***: $10,000
*Banks has received contributions from several “healthcare” related political action committees, but only one that can directly be tied to healthcare
**Michigan’s campaign finance act limits individual contributions at $1,000.
***Banks received $5,500 from MI Health and Hospital PAC and $4,500 from Health PAC. The addresses for both of these organizations on campaign finance reports link back to the Michigan Health and Hospital Association which is why the amount is combined.
Medicaid stats can be found here: http://www.mlpp.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/dbprofiles2016detroit.pdf
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About William Broman For Michigan
William Broman is the only Republican candidate for District 1 in the Michigan House of Representatives. He grew up in Grosse Pointe Woods and attended Grosse Pointe Public Schools. He graduated Grosse Pointe North in 2010, and earned a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from George Washington University graduating in 2014. He has worked for an automotive supplier as an engineer and a DC based education advocacy group. In 2012, Broman ran for a seat on the Grosse Pointe Public Schools Board of Education, receiving more than 9,000 votes. He currently lives in Grosse Pointe Woods.