DETROIT (FOX 2) - The City of Detroit Office of Inspector General announced it began investigating Mayor Mike Duggan and his connection to the non-profit Make Your Date.
The investigation was announced Monday but in a press release, the city says it was started Friday into Duggan and the city of Detroit's interactions with Make Your Date, a non-profit run in Detroit by a woman closely connected to Duggan.
According to an in-depth piece by the Free Press, the non-profit received over $350,000 in city grants and benefited from a fundraising campaign spearheaded at the the mayor's direction.
The OIG says it is duty-bound to "initiate and to pursue the investigation" and will present the finding to the Mayor's Office, City Council, and the general public.
Duggan's Chief of Staff, Alexis Wiley, issued a statement from the Mayor's office.
We welcome an independent review by the Office of the Inspector General of the City’s role in Wayne State’s Make Your Date program, a program that’s helped thousands of high risk Detroit women deliver healthy babies.
An unbiased, thorough review of the facts will demonstrate that the central claims and unsubstantiated suggestions made by the Detroit Free Press are completely false. The City’s efforts entirely supported Wayne State University and its Make Your Date program. No city funds were ever provided to a Make Your Date non-profit and no private money was ever raised for it. Every dollar of city funds was provided to and managed by Wayne State University. Dr. Hassan, a world renowned expert in reducing preterm birth, volunteered her time for this program and never any received any compensation.
We expect the OIG’s review will conclude that the city’s role in supporting this important program to help more Detroit women have healthy babies was handled transparently, ethically and appropriately.
The Free Press claims the city had downplayed Duggan's assistance to Make Your Date as typical of his support of phalanthropic efforts in the city. The record the Free Press recovered indicate that Duggan made a "significant commitment of resources from the development office at the mayor’s direction."
Make Your Date, a non-profit based in Detroit, is a free program that helps moms-to-be in Detroit to ensure a safe delivery of a baby.