Ambassador Bridge president attends $100,000-a-seat fundraiser for Trump, lobbying against a rival span

Ambassador Bridge. Photo by Steve Neavling.

Dan Stamper, president of the Ambassador Bridge, attended a $100,000-a-seat fundraiser with President Trump this week as he and the Moroun family continue to lobby the administration to undercut the Canadian government’s attempts to build a rival span.

Stamper was among about a dozen people who met privately with the president for a half hour Wednesday, sources confirmed to Motor City Muckraker.

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The meeting, first reported by the Wall Street Journal, came just three months after the owners of the Ambassador Bridge aired a misleading commercial urging Trump to revoke permits issued by President Obama to allow for construction of a new, publicly owned span financed by Canada. The commercial aired on Fox News’ “Fox and Friends,” one of the president’s favorite news shows.

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Stamper and the billionaire Moroun family are taking advantage of Trump’s ongoing trade war with Canada and his tariffs on steel imports. They are lobbying the president to rescind a key waiver granted by Obama in 2012 that exempted the sole use of U.S. steel to build the Canadian bridge.

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Rescinding the waiver would likely prevent the Canadian government from building a rival bridge that connects downtown Detroit with Windsor, Ontario, according to American and Canadian officials.

The Ambassador Bridge owners also are planning to build a new span.

The Moroun family is hoping that Trump’s trade war with Canada will prompt the president to deliver what could be a fatal blow to the construction of a new, publicly owned bridge.

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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.