A Super PAC that supports Detroit mayoral candidate Mike Duggan returned an $80,000 political donation to Quicken Loans because of a law aimed at preventing casino magnates from influencing politics, the state confirmed Tuesday.
State law bars casino owners, such as Dan Gilbert, from donating to political campaigns. Gilbert is the founder of Quicken Loans and owner of Greektown Casino-Hotel.
The Michigan Gaming Control Board, acting on a complaint from perennial mayoral candidate Tom Barrow, advised Quicken Loans to take back the donation.
The PAC, called Turnaround Detroit, allows contributors to exceed the donation limits imposed on a candidate’s official campaign chest.
Steve Neavling lives and works in Detroit as an investigative journalist. His stories have uncovered corruption, led to arrests and reforms and prompted FBI investigations.