In Mecosta County, Michigan, voters successfully deposed six local elected Republicans who had backed taxpayer-funded subsidies for the construction of an EV battery plant in the county by a Chinese corporation having close ties to the CCP.
Voters in Green Charter Township and Big Rapids Township on Tuesday night recalled six local elected officials in total, all of whom are Republicans, for supporting Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s (D) proposal to allow CCP-affiliated Gotion Inc. to construct a $2.4 billion electric vehicle battery plant in the region.
The recall movement and demonstrations against the CCP-affiliated project have been spearheaded by local activist Lori Brock, who told the Detroit News that she is “thrilled beyond belief” that the Republican slate was removed and replaced by new authorities.
According to Brock, “this recall demonstrates how the community did not want this.” It just means that we can speak up once more. Despite our diminutive size, we are strong.
Local Michiganders have been opposing Whitmer’s ideas for almost a year now, and the administration of President Joe Biden later endorsed them. Through subsidies, the project would potentially bring in billions of dollars for American taxpayers.
Biden’s Treasury Department gave the Gotion battery factory project, located outside of Big Rapids, approval in June. Just 100 miles from Camp Grayling, the biggest US National Guard training facility, Gotion bought roughly 300 acres of land in Green Charter Township, where the plant will eventually be located, at the beginning of this month.
Despite repeated claims from executives that the company is under the party’s control, the Daily Caller disclosed in August that Gotion’s parent company is run by a CCP member and includes hundreds of party members.
Gotion High-Tech’s 2022 ESG Report states, “Gotion High-Tech founded a CCP branch back in 2010 that was then upgraded to an official CCP committee in 2014.” “The CCP committee consists of 11 party branches and two general branches. There are currently 923 CCP members, more than half of whom have master’s degrees or above.”
This information was made public following the discovery that Gotion was listed as a Chinese foreign principal in a Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) filing, which was initially brought to light by Fox News.
Gotion’s FARA registration was handled by the legal firm Warner Norcross & Judd; according to the filing, Gotion “is not supervised or financed by any foreign government or political party.”