Watchdog: Follow the Money

Records: $1M part of legislative fight vs. bridge

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DETROIT (AP) — Records show the family of the Ambassador Bridge's owner has spent more than $1 million since 2009 in a legislative fight against a new government-backed bridge connecting Detroit and Windsor, Ontario.

The Detroit News reports (http://bit.ly/1oKQg82 ) Tuesday donations by the family of Manuel "Matty" Moroun appear to have met legal requirements.

Last week, the GOP-led state Senate approved a ban against state purchases of land for the New International Trade Crossing. The newspaper says the family made donations totaling more than $105,000 in the last five years to 18 of 26 GOP senators backing the ban.

The newspaper used figures from the Michigan Campaign Finance Network watchdog organization.

Canada is supporting construction of the New International Trade Crossing. Moroun wants to build a twin span adjacent to the Ambassador Bridge.

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Information from: The Detroit News, http://detnews.com/

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