The city of Flint, Michigan, is suffering through the most notorious water crisis in history.
But the state of Michigan is on the verge of giving Nestlé the rights to pump hundreds of millions of gallons of water for just $200 a year.
It's such an outrageous deal, you'd think Nestlé must have some kind of inside connection.
And guess what: They do. In fact, the chief of staff to the governor of Michigan is married to Nestlé Michigan's top spokesperson -- a blatant financial conflict of interest.
To blow the whistle, we’re teaming up with local allies to file a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to find out how the governor of Michigan's ties to Nestlé influenced this decision. And to pay the fees and then publicize the results, we're counting on your help.
So far, 18,000 emails have been sent to the leadership of the state of Michigan -- with almost all of them opposing this awful deal.
And SumOfUs delivered 346,000 petition signatures demanding that the state say no to this outrageous Nestlé giveaway.
What really makes this outrageous is the fact that just down the road from where Nestlé would be allowed to take hundreds of millions of gallons of fresh, clean water, Flint residents are still being exposed to dangerous lead-contaminated water.
Our plan to stop it is to blow the lid off the blatant conflicts of interest and cronyism between the state of Michigan and Nestlé.
First, we'll have to pay the fees associated with the Freedom of Information Act request. Then we'll need to pay for billboards and other ads to get the word out about what we find. But we need your help.