Mayor Duggan spent $1.2 million on his re-election bid since November, shelling out money to more than 225 people, including his son and an ex-felon, for work ranging from canvassing neighborhoods to conducting telephone polls.
Duggan’s fundraising prowess raises serious questions about his influence with outsiders and those who have contributed heavily to Republican candidates, including Donald Trump, Gov. Rick Snyder and the Michigan Republican Party.
The event is expected to draw celebrities and the mayor to the Tribeca neighborhood of Manhattan.
In 2012, Duggan tried to quash rumors that he was running for mayor when he moved from Livonia to Detroit.
Napoleon raised $37,000 from CEOs, attorneys and contractors from other states, compared to $21,500 from Detroiters.
Candidate Tom Barrow, who got 4% of the vote, is demanding a recount.
Many of the paid workers violated election laws by peddling campaign brochures at the doors of polling stations.
Candidate Tom Barrow said Duggan is campaigning for the “wealthy and arrogant.”
State Rep. Lisa Howze also alleges mayoral candidate Tom Barrow should be removed from the ballot for similar violations.
Mayoral candidate Mike Duggan, who assembled a strong campaign team, committed a foolish error that could force him off the ballot.