DETROIT (WWJ) – The state of Michigan is investigating the fundraising activities of Detroit mayoral candidate Mike Duggan and the “Turnaround Detroit” Political Action Committee.
The investigation was triggered by an official complaint over fundraising activities during the mayoral primary.
The complaint was filed by Detroit Forward, another PAC, which favors Duggan’s opponent, Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon,
“This is the first step on the road to holding people accountable for their actions,” said attorney Todd Perkins, who represents Detroit Forward, in a statement. “Many corporations and individuals were fooled into believing they were donating money legally in the primary. Detroit voters deserve better. Detroit corporations deserve better. Our community deserves to have the integrity of the campaign financing system protected.”
The Duggan campaign tells WWJ that any activities of the Political Action Committee are completely separate from the campaign — and the Duggan campaign does not coordinate with the PAC in any way.
“It [the complaint] is both false and frivolous,” said Duggan campaign attorney Butch Hollowell. “No data has been shared between the two campaigns. We keep that separate.”
The state has given both sides 15 days to respond to the complaint.
Duggan was declared the winner of the August primary — beating Napolean 52-percent to 30-percent. The two are set to face off in the November Primary Election.