Online retail mortgage lender Quicken Loans asked a super PAC that supports Detroit mayoral candidate Mike Duggan to give back an $80,000 political donation after a complaint to the Michigan Gaming Control Board.
The complaint says Dan Gilbert, founder of Quicken Loans and owner of Greektown Casino-Hotel, broke a law that prohibits casino owners and operators from contributing money in state or local political races in Michigan.
The board says it initially had advised Quicken representatives that such a donation may be allowed, but then took it back.
Full statement from Michigan Gaming Control Board:
"The Michigan Gaming Control Board was asked if Quicken Loans, a company not licensed by gaming, could give a political donation. Since the Gaming act generally just bans licensees, their qualifiers and certain family members from making contributions, and Quicken Loans was neither, we advised that depending on the circumstances it may be allowed. However, once the Board was advised by representatives of Quicken Loans of further circumstances about the contribution the Board recommended it be returned in full within the 30 day limit provided by election laws. Quicken Loans was asked to take this action to remove any question about the legality of the contribution. Quicken Loans immediately cooperated and complied with the request."
Quicken Loans released this statement:
"This claim is baseless and has no merit. There is no violation of any Michigan gaming law or regulation. The PAC in question is an independent legal entity. In addition, no person regulated by the Michigan Gaming Control Board (MGBC) has contributed to this PAC during calendar years 2011, 2012 or 2013. Likewise, no person regulated by the MGCB is an officer or director of the PAC."
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