Mayoral candidate Benny Napoleon, who has cast his opponent as an outsider who relies heavily on suburban donations, raised 42% of his campaign cash from out-of-staters between July 22 and Aug. 26, the latest period for campaign disclosures.
Napoleon raised $37,000 from CEOs, attorneys and contractors from outside the state and nearly $30,000 from the suburbs. By contrast, he raised just $21,500 from inside the city.
His opponent, Mike Duggan, collected 4.7% of his campaign chest from outside the state.
Napoleon’s campaign defended the outside donations.
“Many of the out-of-state donors have a vested interest in Detroit and the revitalization of our neighborhoods because they have family who live in Detroit’s neighborhoods,” Napoleon’s campaign spokesman Bryan Peckinpaugh said. “Some of them were former Detroit residents themselves. The donors who contribute to the campaign share Benny Napoleon’s vision to move the focus from downtown to the neighborhoods where most Detroiters call home. They believe in his vision to reduce crime and create livable, walkable and sustainable neighborhoods.”
More than 50 out-of-staters donated to Napoleon’s campaign.
Napoleon and Duggan are squaring off in the general election in November.
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.