Moroun places another bad political bet

Moroun throws support behind Napoleon in Detroit mayor’s race

The Windsor Star

Dave Battagello

With less than a week until municipal elections in Detroit, Ambassador Bridge owner Matty Moroun has reportedly thrown his financial support behind Benny Napoleon, a former Detroit police chief.

Napoleon is going up against Mike Duggan, the former Detroit Medical Center president and CEO, who has raised substantially more in early campaign donations, according to Crain’s Detroit Business.

The publication listed top donors during the “pre-general campaign finance reporting period.”

While Moroun personally was not listed, his company Central Transport LLC donated $50,000 to Detroit Forward, the Political Action Committee supporting Napoleon.

Turnaround Detroit, the PAC supporting Duggan, through early donations raised $1.46 million, while Detroit Forward, has raised $303,750, according to Crain’s.

Among top noteworthy donors for Duggan were Compuware founder Peter Karmanos Jr. ($200,000) and Penske CEO Roger Penske ($250,000).

Elections for mayor and council in Detroit are next Tuesday. Current Mayor Dave Bing announced he would not pursue another term.