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Mon Jul 27, 2020, 12:02 AM

Prominent Developers, Pro-Israel Lobby Fund Brenda Jones' Bid To Oust Tlaib

A group of prominent Detroit real-estate developers, pro-Israel super PACs and wealthy Trump supporters are financially backing Detroit City Council President Brenda Jones’ campaign against Rep. Rashida Tlaib, a Deadline Detroit analysis of federal campaign finance records and Facebook documents found.

The records also reveal that downtown Detroit’s big-ticket developers appear to be rewarding Jones for her support. In recent years, she’s voted to approve at least $350 million worth of tax breaks that diverted money from Detroit schools and the city to largely suburban developers.

Deadline Detroit found those same developers have given collectively about $28,000 in direct donations to Jones’ Congressional campaign.

Her campaign has reported about $135,000 in total direct donations, which means developers who received tax breaks account for over 18% of her haul. Developers contributed another $60,000 in “independent expenditures” for mailers attacking Tlaib, though that spending isn’t coordinated with her campaign.

Read more: https://www.deadlinedetroit.com/articles/25840/prominent_developers_pro-israel_lobby_fund_brenda_jones_bid_to_oust_tlaib

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