Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer this week awarded a coveted coronavirus tracking contract to a noted Democratic consultant and information firm, raising concerns that the commission, which is meant to help track and halt the disease's spread in the state, may be poised to reap political benefits for the Democratic Party from its gathering of COVID-19 intel.
The state's contact-tracing protocol will be handled by Every Action VAN, a division of the Democratic agency NGP VAN. The tech firm is renowned for serving as a tool for Democratic campaigns and labor unions across the country by harvesting information for voter databases, political fundraising, and field organizing, among other services.
According to Wikipedia:
NGP VAN, Inc. is a privately owned voter database and web hosting service provider used by the American Democratic Party, Democratic campaigns, and other non-profit organizations authorized by the Democratic Party. The platform or service is used by political and social campaigns for fundraising, campaign finance compliance, field organizing, and digital organizing.
The group's head, Stu Trevelyan, is currently managing Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden's voter outreach and fundraising efforts. NGP VAN was previously paid by Whitmer's 2019 gubernatorial campaign, according to state finance records.