News & Views » Columns

Money for nothin’

by

comment

News Hits read with great interest last week’s revelation by the Free Press that mayoral candidate Kwame Kilpatrick had a nonprofit organization he created to support “voter education” activities related to his role as leader of the House Democrats. Kudos to the Freep for getting the scoop, which included news that the head of another nonprofit dedicated to helping the homeless donated $50,000 to Kwame’s pet project. And the fact that Kwame turned around and wrote an endorsement for that same person to get a lucrative county contract? Well, all involved swear up and down that the two actions are unconnected.

Yeah, right.

As this paper reported previously, KK grew indignant — indignant, we tell you! — during a recent candidate interview when we raised concerns about the negative influence big-moneyed special interests can have on an officeholder.

“The layman’s view of politicians always is that you’re beholden to the people that gave you money,” quoth KK. “It’s really kind of funny to me.”

Forgive us, laymen that we are, for having the last laugh on this one.

Ha, ha, ha.

News Hits is edited by Metro Times news editor Curt Guyette. Call 313-202-8004 or e-mail cguyette@metrotimes.com

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Detroit Metro Times. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Detroit Metro Times, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at letters@metrotimes.com.

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Detroit Metro Times Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Metro Times Press Club for as little as $5 a month.