Napoleon relies on out-of-staters for 42% of campaign cash in last period

Benny NapoleonMayoral 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

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.

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  • StretchRun

    Sounds expensive. Those aren’t the kind of people you want to owe. They expect something in return. Haven’t we had enough of those kind of politicians?

  • Happy Harry

    Did he pledge to work harder and hit 50%? Because 42% seems kind of weak.

  • triumph_2012

    So he’s beholden to folks who don’t even live in Michigan and he calls Duggan an outsider? Wow! Total fail. I’ll be glad when this landslide is over and Mayor Duggan is sworn in.