The Craig Fahle Show

The Man Who Helped Launch the Grand Bargain

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Detroit Free Press reporter Nathan Bomey speaks with Craig Fahle about Ron Weiser, a successful Ann Arbor businessman, the former U.S. ambassador to Slovakia, and former head of the Michigan Republican Party. Bomey reports Weiser was in on early talks to raise funds to safeguard the art at the Detroit Institute of Arts, and help the city through bankruptcy.

Bomey writes: "Ron Weiser — a major national Republican fund-raiser, Michigan political activist and philanthropic donor — quietly helped devise a strategy for getting state funding to save the Detroit Institute of Arts and resolve the city’s Chapter 9 bankruptcy, the Free Press has learned.

"Weiser privately discussed the concept in October with Dennis Muchmore, the chief of staff to Gov. Rick Snyder, as well as with Michigan Speaker of the House Jase Bolger and Detroit’s New York-based investment banker, Ken Buckfire, according to a string of e-mails obtained by the Free Press.

"The Ann Arbor-based Republican was offering to serve as “an emissary for the DIA issue” on Snyder’s behalf, Detroit emergency manager Kevyn Orr said last week in a deposition, according to a transcript obtained by the Free Press."