Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon and Mike Duggan )
Detroit — The momentum gained when mayoral candidate Mike Duggan won the primary is carrying over as he continues to raise more money than opponent Benny Napoleon, campaign finance reports released Friday show.
With less than two weeks before city voters choose their next mayor, the reports show Duggan raised about $824,000, including a donation from former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm, in the period following the primary election until Oct 20.
Napoleon raised slightly more than $175,000 during the same period, including an AFSCME endorsement that earned him a $10,000 donation. But Napoleon also loaned his campaign $17,500 during the period, records show.
Duggan campaign spokesman Bryan Barnhill II said fundraising is one way to show the effectiveness of a campaign and the report shows “people are responding to Mike as a turnaround expert.”
The report shows donations as small as $5 and others who maxed out to show they support a candidate they believe in, Barnhill said.
“They believe in his ability to transform Detroit,” Barnhill said. “We’ve been very aggressive in reaching out to people. Every single aspect will play a role in the outcome (of the race) and fundraising is one aspect, but it’s an important one. Every dollar matters and every donor matters.”
Duggan, who mounted a write-in campaign after being tossed off the primary ballot, won the race with 52 percent of the vote to Napoleon’s 30 percent.
In the primary, Duggan raised about $1.2 million, while Napoleon raised $645,000.
Duggan’s report showed he also received $1,000 donations from Paul Hillengonds, a senior vice president at DTE Energy; $1,000 from John Adamo of Adamo Construction; and $1,000 each from attorney Sam Bernstein; John Rakolta, CEO of Waldbridge Construction, and Cynthia Taueg, a vice president at St. John’s Providence Health System. Veteran local television news anchor Emery King contributed $100.
Contributions from political action committees include $1,000 donations from Plunkett Cooney, Dykema Gossett, Michigan Chamber, Health Alliance Plan and the Detroit Retired City Employees. The Bernstein Family PAC gave $4,000.
Napoleon spent $206,000 during the period and had only $3,917 left at the end of the period. That included full $3,400 donations from the Rev. Charles Adams of Hartford Memorial Baptist Church and Nate Ford, the city’s former building and safety engineering director.
Other donations include $500 from Edwin Rowe of Central United Methodist Church; former city official Sharon McPhail, who gave $500; prominent attorney Gerald Evelyn, who contributed $1,000, and Napoleon’s brother, Hilton Napoleon, who gave $2,500. Inskster Mayor Hilliard Hampton gave a donation of $60.
Napoleon got donations from the political action committees of the Detroit Police Officers Association, which gave $200; Michigan Regional Carpenters, $400, and the Registrars Local 58 IBEW, which gave $5,000.
Napoleon’s campaign did not return a phone call seeking comment.