A flier urging voters to "get the Muslim out of Hamtramck in November 3rd" (uhh, spell check?) has been distributed in Hamtramck, according to local citizens. The flier, shared via writer Dawud Walid's Instagram account, is remarkably similar to fliers that were distributed in August asking voters to "get the blacks out of Southfield." Both fliers are cheaply made and show white candidates along with the copy "Let's take back our city" on the bottom.
Similar to the Southfield case, the politicians whose names appear on the flier have denied any connection. "This is ridiculous and it is insulting to my family and work that I've done,” Hamtramck city council candidate Susan Dunn told WJBK. The city clerk says they will hand over a copy of the flier to police for further investigation.
As we noted back in August, if someone spends more than $100 on a local election, they are required by law to report their activity to their county clerk. Furthermore, such messages are supposed to have a disclaimer identifying the sponsor.
Could these fliers have landed under the law's $100 threshold? Perhaps. As the Michigan Campaign Finance Network's Rich Robinson told us in August, complaints for alleged violations of the Campaign Finance Act should go to the Department of State, which could then get investigated by the state’s Attorney General.