Former spokesman for EM Kevyn Orr rakes in $375 an hour in Atlantic City

Bill Nowling via Facebook.
Bill Nowling via Facebook.

Bill Nowling, the veteran Republican strategist who served as spokesman for Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr, has found lucrative work since the city emerged from bankruptcy in December.

On Tuesday, Nowling was in New Jersey raking in $375 an hour as the spokesman for Atlantic City’s new emergency manager, Kevin Lavin. Nowling, who began that job about two weeks ago, also serves as the spokesman for metro Detroit’s new regional water authority, an initiative that he and Orr pushed last year.

Nowling’s contract with Atlantic City is capped at $17,500 through July 31, but he’s trying to hammer out a longer term deal.

Nowling was a controversial choice as Orr’s spokesman because he is an outspoken conservative who supported state funding cuts to Detroit and fought against affirmative action and labor unions.

Nowling, who wrote a blog, “The Lunchbucket Conservative,” also served as a spokesman for Gov. Rick Snyder’s campaign, the Michigan Republican Party and for GOP lawmakers in the state Senate and House of Representatives.

Before Nowling landed the job in Atlantic City, Orr made $70,000 as a three-month advisor to an emergency management team appointed by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

Steve Neavling

Steve Neavling lives and works in Detroit as an investigative journalist. His stories have uncovered corruption, led to arrests and reforms and prompted FBI investigations.

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  • kathy

    Kevin Orr, Jones Day law firm, the other law firms and consultants overcharged the city of Detroit in millions. Kevin Orr and other bankruptcy staff are overcharging Atlantic City, NJ like Detroit, MI. Hopefully their news journalist will thoroughly investigate and report for the city’s employees and viewers unlike Detroit’s television, radio and print media since they sided with the Republicans. Granted, much of the media is owned by the Republicans. Hopefully, Atlantic City unions will fight harder unlike Detroit’s union against Kevin Orr and staff. Kevin Orr and staff are Republicans. Their jobs is to dismantle the city unions which help donate monies for the Democrat Party. Chris Christie selected Kevin Orr and staff since he is also a Republican presidential candidate 2016. Judge Rhodes supported the ill fated Detroit Bankruptcy deal. Everyone involve were Republicans. They have shifted most bankruptcy cost to the City of Detroit retirees. Most of the city of Detroit retirees reside out of Detroit and MI. They are probably age 90 to 45. They are suffering financially. Some need family members to pay the difference for their care/housing due to the lack of funds lost due to Judge Rhodes 4-5% pension cuts approval. Some have been transferred to inexpensive nursing and independent care housing since family are unable to pay the money difference. Others have relocated out of Detroit and or MI foreclosing on their home/condo since they must move with their adult children, siblings or other family/friends due to their shortage city of Detroit pension money. This bankruptcy scheme will operate throughout the U.S. Democratic cities to wipe out Democratic unions and destroy black middle class.

    • javierjuanmanuel

      4-5% is nothing, quit it. Especially since most ecery public sector union is overpaid atleast 40 %, mant 200-300%.

      Then they get healthcare that equals entry level workers entire earnings in a year, they call in sick 35% of the time in detroit, then a pension is just deffered income, any union public worker works as little as 20 years, then can get paid every year not working from their 49s till ther are 105 years old.

      Get a clue. How is it that anyone even survives on private sector wages, much less retires!

      • karpodiem

        Exactly – the mouth breathing public is too stupid to comprehend the comparative analysis.

  • disqus_vhLozcit3f

    So what’s the ‘news’ here? That people are able to take what they’ve done in connection with their restructuring work in Detroit, and leverage it elsewhere? See also: Kevyn Orr, Steven Rhodes, Conway McKenzie, et al. Lots of places dug themselves into massive debt holes, and, for however distasteful their fees are, there’s a demand for what they do.

    • karpodiem

      you miss the subtext of Steve’s writing – it’s questionable what value this guy actually provides. He was a spokesmen for what exactly? The interpretation of bankruptcy law as written and the restructuring of contracts? That’s not political, it’s math. What is the value of someone who has to explain basic math to people?

      It’s only political when idiots like him speak out against increasing city funding, but he’s obviously been outed as a paid shill since he’s willing work for to work for both sides. Yes, the city was mis-managed for 40 years and needed a bailout – great job boomer generation for not solving the racial and economic inequalities which my generation now has to tackle.

      What people like Bill don’t realize is that you need a vibrant downtown to keep your best in-state University talent from leaving to go to Chicago, New York San Francisco, etc. Oh, another thing – all those cities are liberal meccas and are home to companies where most people want to work. Very few young professionals with talent/options wants to work in sterile suburbs or small towns.

      • disqus_vhLozcit3f

        It’s just math? This was an apolitical bankruptcy? Really. That’s news to me, because from its genesis, the entire process was political in nature, from beginning to end. Bondholders (rightly) were screwed, and retirees (rightly) were given a much better deal due to the grand bargain. And those roles could easily have been reversed.

        I’m not saying that Nowling’s involvement was the sine qua non that pulled all of this together. But throughout the process of negotiations, most of which were closed off from the public and shielded from public scrutiny, Nowling was a voice that helped get the deal done. For whatever issue people have with the bankruptcy, and I’ll talk about mine in just a moment, if you want to fault someone, don’t shoot the messenger, in this case Nowling.

        If you want to find fault with the fees, I’d first look at Jones Day. That Kevyn Orr, let his position as a partner there, came to Detroit to slog through our shitshow, give the main contract for the legal work to his old buddies, and then promptly returned to Jones Day, well, that just stinks.

        And just as galling are the fees that Conway was paid. You could have just hired their entire division, given them stratospheric salaries and made them city workers, and you would have easily saved tens of millions of dollars. Instead those monies went directly into the pockets of Conway’s partnership when they could have been reinvested in city services.

        And, to close, this is not just anybody’s ‘generational’ problem to solve. The city is on a more stable financial and operational footing, but the social work of pulling everybody together to solve the racial, economic and social issues that plague our city belong to all Detroiters. I’m somewhere between a Gen Xer and Millenial, and it’s just as much my responsibility to help rectify the problems we find here as it is for people who are both older and younger than myself.

        To close, say what you like about Nowling not understanding that cities need to be vibrant, but it’s people like him that realize precisely what it is that we need to free up enough cash to reinvest in everyday Detroiters, not to pay off debt.

        • karpodiem

          “And those roles could easily have been reversed.”

          Cramdown was exactly the right tool to use. They did their job. Did people really think this was going to play out any other way?

          I’m less concerned with what Conway/Jones Day/Orr were pulling out of the process, it’s a drop in the ocean compared to what was wasted by the city in a single contract/year/decade.

          They threaded the needle with respect to the execution of the bankruptcy process. The economic foundation that Detroit presently builds upon is entirely based upon what they accomplished. Much in the same way that people complain about executive pay today (which is a pittance compared to the total enterprise value under management), the fees are very small relative to the very different economic standing the city could alternatively find itself in – permanently impaired.

        • javierjuanmanuel

          Bondholders by law are to be paid first. Same with uaw bailouts. That was illegal.

      • javierjuanmanuel

        Very few?

        Do you know anyone who was succcessful in nyc the last 30 years?

        Anyone climbing up dreams of a place in the country, the people who did well have that place.

        Spoiled uppermiddle class white kids from the burbs in the 80s to present saw so many movies and tv shows and idealize high paid, but low discretionary income jobs in the big city. You are dying to not be your boring father.

        The people who have done what you want to achieve, do not want to live where you think its cool.

        In short, you are not observant or nearly as smart as you think you are. You are borderline clueless. I cannot imagine the magical talent that you have that makes you think you are so special.

        Hey, go look up the percent of people that live in urban areas as defined by the feds, not the dept of hipster jagoffs, and see how anyone can do it.

        • karpodiem

          Didn’t know someone who posts under anonymous handles knows intimate details of what other people want in life, but I’ll humor your idiot response.

          “Do you know anyone who was succcessful in nyc the last 30 years?”

          I have a friend at Blackrock, and a friend at Goldman. They’re doing very well.

          My best friend in SF has sold two companies –

          The other was acquired by Zynga. Zynga is underwater, but he pulled 4Mil out of the deal.

          I don’t recall making any claim to how smart I am, but you’ve outed just how stupid you are.

          So yeah, we’ve done pretty well living in cities.

          Thanks for playing