Cynical Synapse

Thu, 24 Jun 2010

Kwamegate Goes Federal

Filed under: Congress, Crime, Detroit, Government, Greed, Kwamegate, Michigan, Politics — cynicalsynapse @ 10:05 am

Kilpatrick taken into custody after violating probation

Authorities indicted Kwame Kilpatrick on 19 Federal charges Wednesday, 23 Jun 2010. Charges against Detroit’s former mayor include 10 counts of mail fraud, 5 counts of falsifying tax return, 3 counts of wire fraud, and 1 count of tax evasion. If convicted, Kilpatrick faces up to 20 years in prison and fines of $250,000.

Charges layed by a Federal grand jury stem from investigations into misuse of funds from Kilpatrick’s non-profit Civic Fund. The improper spending involves a variety of personal expenses:

  • Yoga lessons for Kilpatrick
  • Golf expenses, including lessons, a set of clubs, and golf bag
  • Summer camp for Kilpatrick’s kids
  • College tuition for relatives
  • A birthday party
  • A video documenting Kilpatrick’s family history
  • A spokesman to manage Kilpatrick’s public image after the text messaging scandal
  • Personal moving expenses when Kilpatrick moved out of the mayoral mansion and lease of his new personal residence
  • Personal travel costs and private jet flights
  • Car rental and leases
  • Counter-surveillance and anti-bugging equipment

Kilpatrick is already serving 18-60 months in a northern Michigan prison for violating his probation on his perjury conviction. What’s funny is Kilpatrick spokesman Mike Paul pointed out there were no bribery charges. Is that supposed to be a sigh of relief? As in “heck, it’s just fraud charges”? Kilpatrick and Paul probably better not hold their breath. The FBI is still looking into Kilpatrick running a criminal organization. Don’t be surprised if more charges get filed.

US Rep. Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick

Here’s the next big question: will Kwame’s mommy’s political career suffer? As far as I can see, Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick has done little to nothing for her constituents. Never mind Rep. Kilpatrick (D) narrowly escaped House ethics charges. She also changed her vote from no to yes for the Wall Street bailout after the Senate added another 100 billion to the package. How many of her Detroit constituents benefited, do you think?

Previously on Kwame Kilpatrick:


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6 Comments

  1. And don’t forget his daddy is under investigation by the Feds too – for bribery, so we’ve got that covered.

    Maybe he can sue his parents for bad DNA.

    And don’t worry, Mama will be re-elected no matter what.

    Comment by DeweyFromDetroit — Fri, 25 Jun 2010 @ 7:07 pm

    • Thanks for stopping by. Yeah, can’t wait for charges to pop on his dad,too. But, man, will I be disappointed if Kwame’s mommy gets re-elected.

      Comment by cynicalsynapse — Fri, 25 Jun 2010 @ 9:15 pm

  2. Hey Cynical.

    I may have to disagree with you a bit on Carolyn Kilpatrick, but I suspect you already know you’ll have no argument from me whatsoever about baby boy.

    Comment by teamowens313 — Sat, 26 Jun 2010 @ 10:34 pm

    • Glad you stopped by, teamowens313; good to hear from you. I’d be interested to know what you think Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick has done for her constituents. She’s one of four Michigan representatives that changed their vote on TARP and I have issues with all of them. Knollenberg was dumped last election, so there are 3 to go. Hoekstra’s running for governor, leaving only 2 remaining in the House.

      Comment by cynicalsynapse — Wed, 30 Jun 2010 @ 5:42 pm

      • Hey Cynical.

        Went back to Kilpatrick’s website (since I’m not good on keeping up w/ legislation by memory) and, although I will admit it’s been slimmer in recent years – no doubt due to distractions resulting from the trials and tribulations of Baby Boy – she still has been involved in some significant stuff, not the least of which is her efforts to secure light rail for Detroit connecting to other communities. This is critical. Another one comes from last year:

        “Congresswoman Kilpatrick Secures $312 Million to Save and Expand More Than 2,500 Jobs in Michigan

        WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick (MI-13) saved more than 2,500 Michigan jobs by securing $312 million in funding for the Stryker Medical Evacuation Vehicle (MEV), which was designed, researched, developed, and constructed in Sterling Heights, Michigan. Federal funding will ensure continued employment for the 2,594 employees who make the Stryker MEV. The Emergency Supplemental 2009 bill passed the House yesterday by a vote of 226 to 202, and is now headed to the Senate for a final vote on the conference report.

        Congresswoman Kilpatrick led a campaign, including a letter dated April 3, 2009, signed by 118 Members of Congress to House Appropriations Committee Chairman John Murtha and Ranking Minority Member Bill Young, asking that Congress retain these funds. Funding for the Stryker MEV was not included in the President’s request.”

        Anyway, that’s my 2 cents on the issue. But I won’t argue that she will have a hell of a fight on her hands come August.

        Comment by teamowens313 — Tue, 06 Jul 2010 @ 10:11 am

      • Here are my problems with this.

        1. Congressional mark-ups are earmarks. If you’re opposed to earmarks, you’re opposed to all of them. Army did not ask for these, so they don’t meet the needs of the warfight.

        2. The “2,500 jobs saved” will largely fall to the assembly plant in Ohio and suppliers, whereever they may be. As for jobs saved in Michigan? May a handful of engineering and accounting jobs. Those might benefit Rep. Kilpatrick’s constituents in the Pointes.

        Cheeks Kilpatrick put her own spin on this. Like most politicians, she’s really got nothing to show for her huffing and puffing.

        Consider Army Weighs Calls for More Stryker Medevac Vehicles.

        Comment by cynicalsynapse — Fri, 09 Jul 2010 @ 6:29 pm


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