December 16, 2009
Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick May Face Intermediate Sanctions
According to a December 16, 2009 story in the Detroit News, the Kilpatrick Civic Fund and former Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick are under investigation for improper use of the 501(c)(4)'s money to fund
"romantic getaways for [Kilpatrick] and his then-mistress his then-mistress; the services of at least two political consultants; a trip to a California resort for the mayor and his family; and more than $25,000 in Kilpatrick rent and moving expenses around the time the mayor was freed from the Wayne County Jail and headed for Texas.
If true, the case presents a rather obvious occasion for imposition of intermediate sanctions under IRC 4958. The case is so obvious it would not even make a good exam hypothetical. The (c)(4)'s board, by the way, is populated by the Mayor's sister Ayana, and his former mistresses sister, according to the report.
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