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  Quicken takes back Mike Duggan contribution after casino complaint targets Dan Gilbert
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Last EditedAJ  Sep 04, 2013 01:13am
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AuthorJC Reindl
News DateWednesday, September 4, 2013 04:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionThe Michigan Gaming Control Board confirmed Tuesday it advised Quicken Loans last week to take back an $80,000 political donation it made to a super PAC that supports Detroit mayoral candidate Mike Duggan after a complaint to the board questioned the legality of the contribution.

The complaint, filed Thursday by former Detroit mayoral candidate Tom Barrow, says Dan Gilbert, founder of Quicken Loans and owner of Greektown Casino-Hotel in Detroit, broke a law that prohibits casino owners and operators from contributing money in state or local political races in Michigan.

Quicken Loans — not Gilbert personally — made the donation last month to the super PAC called Turnaround Detroit, according to state campaign finance records. Even so, the Gaming Control and Revenue Act forbids a person with a casino license from not only making personal donations to a candidate or committee but also from making donations through a “legal entity” that he or she directs or controls.
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