Complaint about Kilpatrick campaign cash filed with SOS

Maurice Kelman, a retired Wayne State University Law School professor, apparently taking a cue from Attorney General Mike Cox, has filed a complaint with Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land, accusing Kwame Kilpatrick of misusing $976,000 in campaign funds.

Kelman’s complaint, obtained by The Detroit Free Press, alleges

Kilpatrick violated campaign-finance law by using his re-election fund to pay the criminal defense lawyers who defended him during the text message scandal.

State Attorney General Mike Cox wrote last month that elected officials could not use campaign money to combat criminal charges stemming from personal conduct. He also said Land should weigh each case on its merits. Land’s spokeswoman said her office will review the complaint.

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