Schuette Uses State Resources to Pander to Tea Party Republicans, Help Corporate Donor
LANSING — Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette is misusing taxpayer resources to help a corporation attack women’s access to health care by supporting a lawsuit brought by Domino’s Farms that would allow employers to deny their employees insurance coverage for critical health services like contraception.
“Schuette is once again on duty for big corporations, and in this case he’s actually using taxpayer dollars to help out a campaign donor,” said Michigan Democratic Party Chair Mark Brewer. “On top of all that, Schuette is wasting our tax dollars in an effort to deny women access to essential health care services. Corporations shouldn’t be allowed to prevent parents from deciding when and how many kids to have, and Schuette shouldn’t be using state resources to campaign for the Tea Party vote.”
Domino’s Farms owner, Thomas Monaghan, contributed $2,400 to Schuette’s campaign in 2010. On Tuesday, Schuette filed a friend of the court brief in Monaghan’s case, which was scheduled for a hearing in federal court today.
Public polling shows broad support for requiring insurers to fully cover prescription birth control. Nearly 99 percent of American women have relied on birth control at one point in their lives, but more than half of young women have struggled to afford it.