Blackwater founder to address Grand Rapids Economic Club
Associated Press (2008-03-21)
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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — The founder of private security contractor Blackwater Worldwide plans to speak to a meeting of the Grand Rapids Economic Club.
The Grand Rapids Press reports Erik Prince has agreed to speak May 19 at a luncheon.
Prince is a Holland, Mich., native whose family fortune was made in the auto parts industry.
The former Navy SEAL's sister, Betsy De Vos
, is a former chairwoman of the Michigan GOP. She is married to Dick De Vos
, a Republican and Amway Corp. heir who unsuccessfully ran for governor in 2006.
Moyock, N.C.-based Blackwater protects U.S. government officials in Iraq. It has faced scrutiny over its role in the shooting deaths of Iraqi civilians.
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