Duggan, left, and Napoleon )
Detroit— The latest salvo in the heated Detroit mayoral race was lodged Friday in a complaint filed with the state Bureau of Elections by the political action committee supporting Mike Duggan, citing financial irregularities in the PAC supporting Benny Napoleon.
Turnround Detroit, the PAC supporting Duggan, filed the complaint against Detroit Forward, the Napoleon PAC, claiming it “filed false and misleading campaign statements, and ... intentionally and blatantly concealed the identities of its contributors in violation of the law.”
The complaint asks the Michigan Department of State to “immediately take action to stop Detroit Forward’s deceptive practices.”
The complaint questions the validity of the Michigan Community Education Fund, created by Detroit Forward’s operator and treasurer Christopher T. Jackson. The complaint states, “the true purpose of the Fund has been to act as an illegal conduit for contributions to Detroit Forward to avoid donor disclosure.”
It follows a September complaint from Detroit Forward against Turnaround Detroit alleging the PAC broke election laws and illegally raised at least $75,000. The state is still investigating.
Detroit Forward spokesman Greg Bowens said he has not seen the latest complaint.
“Until we get notification from the state, we don’t know anything about it,” he said. “The only thing we’re waiting for is the state to complete their investigation of the Duggan campaign and Turnaround Detroit.”
Turnaround Detroit’s communications director said Jackson created both the Napoleon PAC and the education fund.
“When looking at the campaign reports, we noticed this fund, and saw contributions in increasingly higher amounts that were made by the education fund to the Detroit Forward PAC with no disclosure of donors who made those contributions to the Michigan Community Education Fund,” said Sharon Banks. “It’s a violation of campaign laws if they’re not disclosing the donors. We want an explanation of how this was done.”