Detroit political mess reaching governor?

July 1, 2009 at 3:44 PM
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DETROIT, July 1 (UPI) -- A high-profile Detroit political consultant says the FBI is looking into payments he says he received to not criticize Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm.

Sam Riddle told the Detroit News that the $50,000 he received from the Michigan Democratic Party in 2006 was election-year "hush money" to bolster Granholm's campaign against Republican Dick DeVoss.

The newspaper said Wednesday that party officials called the payment a business contract for media consulting, and added that the FBI has not contacted them.

Riddle also said agents also wanted to know about Granholm's connections to Bernard Kilpatrick, a business consultant and father of then-Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick.

Bernard Kilpatrick has close ties to more than one Detroit-area politician who has run afoul of federal investigators, including City Councilwoman Monica Conyers, who pleaded guilty to bribery charges and resigned.

A spokeswoman for the governor told the News the issue was between Riddle and the party.

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