Democrat Elissa Slotkin moved into the house of a lobbyist, campaign donor to run in a new district


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Fox News Digital has learned that Rep. Elissa Slotkin, D-Mich., recently moved into a Lansing, Michigan condo owned by a lobbyist, who also happens to be one of her campaign donors, in order to introduce herself. up for re-election in a new congressional district.

Slotkin, who currently represents Michigan’s 8th congressional district, chose to relocate to Lansing from his family farm in northern Oakland County, just outside Detroit, in order to run in the 7th congressional district. newly drawn in a year when new congressional maps were drawn after the 2020 census.

“From my perspective, if the district moves and is a Lansing-based district, and that’s the most natural district for me to run in, then I will move and live in the Lansing area and I will run in the Lansing District,” Slotkin told Ingham County Democrats at their party’s monthly organizing meeting in September 2021.

According to Michigan voter registration data, Slotkin updated his voting address in May of this year to reflect the address of a home in Lansing currently owned by Jerry Hollister, an executive at Niowave Inc., a Lansing-based pharmaceutical manufacturing company that has received millions in federal funding.

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Slotkin’s campaign denied that her congressional office advocated for or had any involvement with the Niowave contracts, and said she was paying fair rent for her Lansing home.

Rep. Elissa Slotkin, D-Mich., then-candidate, during an interview at her campaign office in Lansing, Michigan on November 6, 2018.
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Hollister, however, works as the company’s chief operating officer and director of government relations, where his responsibilities are “to continue to grow Congress[s]international relations, local community relations and media relations are important for continued growth,” according to his LinkedIn profile.

He listed an additional role as a senior consultant with BBC Entrepreneurial Training & Consulting LLC, another Michigan-based technology consultancy that helps organizations pitch grants for government funding.

Voter registration data also shows Hollister, his wife Kathleen and son Jonathan have all been registered to vote at Slotkin’s new address since 2020, the same year the family purchased the home.

According to Federal Election Commission data accessed Sept. 9, Hollister has also been a frequent donor to Slotkin’s campaign since he first ran for Congress in 2018.

Additionally, Niowave has received nearly $30 million in federal funding since January 2019, when Slotkin first took office, receiving significantly more money in 2019 and 2022 than any previous year, according to data from USAspending.gov.

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Rep. Elissa Slotkin, D-Mich., speaks with her constituents at a town hall meeting in Rochester, Mich., Dec. 16, 2019.

Rep. Elissa Slotkin, D-Mich., speaks with her constituents at a town hall meeting in Rochester, Mich., Dec. 16, 2019.
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Slotkin’s new home is also the business address of J. Hollister LLC, a consulting firm run by Hollister that does work related to government contracts and procurement, as well as operations management.

Fox News Digital reached out to Slotkin’s campaign for comment and received a response from campaign spokeswoman Lynsey Mukomel, who blamed the “attempts to misrepresent the facts” on Slotkin’s Republican opponent, Sen. of Michigan State, Tom Barrett.

“Congress Slotkin pays market rate rent for her home in Lansing, as do millions of tenants in Michigan, and previous attempts to misrepresent the facts have failed with other outlets for this reason,” said said Mukomel.

“This is nothing more than an attempt by Tom Barrett’s weak campaign to distract from his five votes to block thousands of jobs at a new GM plant in his own backyard, his opposition to bipartisan CHIPS law and its failed attempt to cover up its dangerous stance to ban all abortions in Michigan, even in cases of rape or incest,” she added.

Republican Michigan State Senator Tom Barrett, his party's candidate for Congress in Michigan's 7th Congressional District, addresses his supporters during the campaign trail.

Republican Michigan State Senator Tom Barrett, his party’s candidate for Congress in Michigan’s 7th Congressional District, addresses his supporters during the campaign trail.
(Tom Barrett for Congress)

A source close to Slotkin’s campaign said Niowave had been receiving federal funds since 2007, more than a decade before Slotkin took office, and any funds they received after he took office were not defended, worked on or related in any way to it. or its staff.

The source pointed to people other than Hollister employed by Niowave who had contributed to Republican Rep. John Moolenaar’s 2020 re-election campaign, noting that company employee contributions were bipartisan.

The source also provided a copy of the lease Slotkin signed to rent the property from Hollister, showing that she was paying $2,000 a month in rent and expired in November of this year. The source added that Slotkin planned to buy a home in the Lansing area once the lease expired, and that the housing market made it difficult to buy earlier in the year.

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Fox News Digital also reached out to Hollister for comment but did not receive a response.

Slotkin faces a tough challenge from Barrett, a veteran who served in the U.S. military and deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan, in a race classified by Fox News’ Power Rankings as a ‘toss up “.


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