Tuesday, January 27, 2009

The Recall Fast Approacheth

A little info on the effort to recall Mayor Don Williamson:
"The recall is scheduled Tuesday, February 24th – only a few weeks away. The recall organizer, Flint Michigan United, has been working hard to ensure the success of this campaign. We are at a critical stage – a crossroads where the outcome is dependant on raising funds. We are within striking distance. Over 17,000 people signed the recall petition, far more than voted for Williamson in the 2007 election. We need your help.

"Please consider joining us this Friday, January 30th for a fundraiser to support the recall campaign against Flint Mayor Don Williamson. The fundraiser will be held at the home of Dr. Bobby Mukkamala, 12467 Margaret Drive, Fenton from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. Requested donation - $50.

"If you are unable to attend, please consider making a donation. Checks can be made out to “Flint Michigan United” and mailed to 818 Ann Arbor St., Flint, MI 48502.

"Call 810.244.0889 for information."

And how is the mayor responding to the recall effort? Well, he's still trying to stop it, or at least one of his aides is, according to a story by Joe Lawlor in The Flint Journal:
Mayoral aide Sally Haywood has filed a complaint with the Michigan Secretary of State against a group seeking to recall Mayor Don Williamson.

In the complaint filed Jan. 16, Haywood claims that the Committee for a Better Flint violated campaign finance laws and Internal Revenue Service laws. Williamson faces a recall election on Feb. 24.

The Committee for a Better Flint was set up as a 501-c(4) non-profit. Haywood claims the group raised money improperly.

Alex Harris, one of the CBF leaders, said he's not worried. He said he consulted with an IRS official before forming the group.

The committee is no longer active, as the pro-recall group Flint Michigan United is active in the recall campaign. Harris is not part of Flint Michigan United.

Haywood said the mayor did not ask her to file the complaint.

1 comment:

  1. I guess having a criminal with a 9th grade education was a bad idea for mayor. Who would have known?


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