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Pioneer Profiles: George W. Bush's $100,000 Club
Name: C. Michael Kojaian
Occupation: Executive Vice President, Kojaian Companies
Industry: Real Estate
Home: Bloomfield Hills, Michigan

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This big Detroit developer owns Kojaian Properties and Kojaian Management Co. In ’96 Kojaian’s family bought a 14 percent stake in Grubb & Ellis, one of the nation’s biggest commercial real estate companies. Kojaian and Pioneer Heinz Prechter formed an investment group in ’99 to acquire trouble auto supplier JPE, Inc. for $18.4 million. The CEO of that company, which changed its name to ASCET, is ex-GOP Congressman Dick Chrysler. Kojaian has been a major funder of Pioneer Gov. John Engler; he also picked up the $43,500 bill that Bush racked up for Iowa’s Republican straw poll. For Kojaian, $100,000 in Pioneer money is small potatoes. He became one of the nation’s top individual “soft money” donors in 2000 by writing a $250,000 check to the Republican National State Elections Committee.

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