Friday, August 1, 2014

MI Politicos Keep Their Charities Opague

by Gary Snyder

There has been little interest or enforcement by the Internal Revenue Service or the Michigan Attorney General’s office to seek transparency of shadowy nonprofits set up by politicians.  

Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick used his Kilpatrick Civic Fund (run by his highly paid sister) to pay for jets, golf clubs and personal travel. The money was to go toward the betterment of Detroit children. Not one penny was seen by the kids. Kilpatrick is currently serving a 28- year federal sentence after being convicted of corruption charges.

The current Wayne County Executive created his nonprofit, Wayne County Business Develop Corporation and solicited donations from businesses and contractors. The 501 (c) (6) ended up paying an insider a hefty bonus.

The current Michigan Governor took in more than $1 million from unnamed donors and paid an aide $100,000 on top of his regular salary. It seems that the rest of the money has not been publicly accounted for.

Now the newly elected Mayor of Detroit wants to follow in the foot steps of his predecessor and the Governor by starting a 501 (c) 4, the Detroit Progressive Fund. He has given assurances that it will operate under a set of voluntary restrictions.

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