Betsy DeVos, Education, Michigan Republicans — January 8, 2017 at 11:07 am

Republican Congressman Bill Huizenga: Spokesmodel for Betsy DeVos

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If you have any misconceptions about how powerful Betsy DeVos and her family’s money is – not just in Michigan but nationally – have a look at the video below.

That’s Congressman Bill Huizenga who represents the highly conservative 2nd Congressional District on Michigan’s west coast. Huizenga is a former classmate of his good buddy Erik Prince, founder of the notorious Blackwater USA security company and brother of Betsy DeVos, Donald Trump’s pick for Secretary of Education. He’s speaking to his colleagues in Congress about the HALOS Act that will allow so-called “angel investors” to more easily work with entrepreneurs. During his speech last spring, he magically transforms into a handsome spokesmodel for “Boxed Water is Better”. As I have written before, Betsy DeVos’s investments in Boxed Water have allowed her to profit from the Flint Water Crisis.

In his floor speech, Rep. Huizenga also talks about Start Garden, a business startup incubator started by Betsy DeVos’s son Rick and funded by various members of the DeVos family.

Have a look:

This is an example of just how much sway Betsy DeVos and her family have over our their politicians. She was literally able to get a member of Congress to advertise one of her investments on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives.

It’ll likely come as no surprise to you that Amway, the pyramid scheme company owned and run by the DeVos family, is the biggest financial contributor to Huizenga during his time in Congress to the tune of $85,900. It’ll also likely not surprise you that Huizenga is all in for having DeVos as America’s Secretary of Education, despite her anti-public schools agenda:

Betsy DeVos has been at the forefront of the effort to ensure every child in America has access to a quality education no matter their zip code. Betsy will be a tremendous advocate, who parents can count on, to disrupt business as usual in Washington. For too long, the educational status quo has failed too many children. Betsy has the knowledge and skill set to improve education by cutting through the bureaucratic red tape, restoring local control, and empowering parents to have a greater say in their children’s education.

By the way, Huizenga isn’t the least bit ashamed of his corporate shilling for this DeVos investment. In fact, he bragged about it on his website.

If you’re wondering why the name “Bill Huizenga” sounds familiar, it’s because he recently allowed his 10-year old son to suffer overnight with a broken arm so he could save his insurance company and himself some money by not going to the Emergency Room, an act he described as being “responsible”.

  • Matt Korolden

    I met Huizenga on an education policy trip to DC a few years ago. He shared with our group his astonishment and wonder that people are not more politically engaged. Then regaled us with the hilarious story of the time he invited a fellow legislator from TX to spend a weekend at his families “lake house.” He truly enjoyed sharing the astonishment expressed by the Texan when he awoke in the morning to views of Lk Michigan.

    So I asked him if he thought people were disengaged with government because research shows that legislative voting patterns follow the will of political donors and not the constituents they represent.

    He assured me that a $1000 campaign contribution would never sway his vote.

    I did not feel reassured.

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