Campaign finance reports released Friday show that Coleman A.Young has raised $22,000, a small sum compared to the mayor


Detroit — Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan is crushing his mayoral contender in the fundraising department, campaign finance reports filed Friday show.

Duggan has raised over $1.6 million from October to July 23, and has spent nearly $1.2 million of those contributions. He has a balance of over $655,000, his candidate committee paperwork shows.

Meanwhile, state Sen. Coleman A. Young has raised over $22,000 since February, when he announced his campaign, to July 23. Reports show he’s spent nearly all of it, leaving a balance of $1,600.

Reached Friday evening, Young’s campaign manager Adolph Mongo was not rattled by the difference in dollars.

“We knew the mayor was going to raise a whole lot of money, and we’re not surprised, but as we go out there and talk with the people, we’re feeling good on where we’re at,” Mongo said.

He added that Young, the son of Detroit’s first African-American mayor, Coleman Young, “has a $2 million name.”

“People know who Coleman Young is,” he explained. “We don’t have to spend a million dollars to get our message out there. The message is real clear. There’s two Detroits: one rich, one poor; one black, one white; and one that’s separate and not equal. So no, we’re not concerned about the money difference. All these people throwing money at (Duggan), most of them don’t vote in Detroit.”

In a statement, Sharon Banks, spokeswoman for the Duggan for Detroit Committee, wrote Duggan “has a broad base of support stemming from all that Mayor Duggan and his administration have accomplished in the past three years.”

“We are pleased to have so many people investing in building Detroit’s future together,” she added.

Political analyst Steve Hood, a host on 910AM Superstation, said the fundraising difference between the two campaigns is “a wider gulf” than he expected.

“I would have thought that Coleman would have at least raised 150 grand,” Hood said. “He’s been a state senator. He should have been able to call people alone to do that.”

Yet Hood said he predicts Young will make it through the primary, “which should, under normal circumstances, make it easier to raise more money.”

Political analyst Mario Morrow, CEO of Mario Morrow & Associates, said Young’s contributions are “embarrassingly low.”

“It shows that he’s definitely having a problem raising funds, that the grassroots campaign that he is trying to run is not resonating with even the small donors and that he is not going to be able to compete, even if he gets through the primary, which most people are predicting,” Morrow said. “When you go up against a political machine like Mike Duggan ... it is tremendously difficult to compete and raise money because people are not going to put money in a campaign that they see is not going to be victorious.”

Duggan’s contributors include high-profile executives, lawyers, physicians and members of affluent Metro Detroit families, including Ethan Davidson, treasurer of the William Davidson Foundation who gave $6,800, and Claude Denker, Penske Corporation executive vice president, who gave $1,000.

Several political action committees also donated to the campaign such as the Deloitte Political Action Committee, which gave $5,000, and Realtors Political Action Committee of Michigan, which gave $1,000.

Duggan also brought in money through fundraising events at private homes. For instance, a 29-person reception at the home of Dennis Archer Jr., the son of former Detroit Mayor Dennis Archer, raised nearly $50,000 in November.

Young’s donors, meanwhile, include a large number of retirees who’ve given smaller sums of $20-$50. Inkster Police Chief Hilton Napoleon gave $250, and UAW Retiree Medical Benefits Trust chief information officer Charlotte Decker gave $5,400. The largest donation came from Young himself, who gave $6,500.

Reports show only one private 25-person meet-and-greet in Northville, which raised $1,915 for Young.

Mongo said he has “a game plan” for fundraising when “the real campaign starts” on Aug. 9.

“The name of the game is, we playing to win,” he said. “We feel real good about what’s happening.”

Generally, Hood said financial support indicates which way voters sway on election day. However, he said this is “a very strange year.”

“No. 1, you have the release of the movie ‘Detroit,’ which will raise conscious to racial issues,” he said. “No. 2, you have the name recognition of Coleman Young. That’s worth $1 million itself, especially in a city that’s dealing with gentrification.”

Despite this, Hood noted that Duggan is “extremely strong.”

“He hasn’t spent anything in the primary, except on lawn signs, that I can see, and social media boosts,” Hood said. “When Duggan decides to turn on the spigot, you’ll see television commercials, you’ll see everything. A half a million dollars would make Coleman competitive, but $22,000 just won’t get it.”

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