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    Nonprofit paid $14,000 to Detroit councilman’s chief of staff

    A nonprofit with ties to Detroit City Councilman Scott Benson paid out more than $14,000 in unspecified reimbursements and $4,000 in campaign wages to Benson’s chief of staff, Carol Banks, during a 2016 ballot-issue campaign.

    The nonprofit, Save Detroit Jobs, raised $105,000 that year to support a proposed community benefits ordinance before Detroit voters. In addition to payments to Banks, Save Detroit Jobs paid other members of Benson’s staff to distribute literature during the campaign.

    It was unclear if Banks was working for Benson at the time of the payments. She began work for Benson in January 2014 and remains on his staff today. But it is immediately known whether she may have taken a leave during the ballot issue campaign.

    Benson and Banks are among a handful of Detroit public officials connected to an ongoing public corruption investigation that escalated last month when the FBI executed search warrants at Benson’s home, his downtown council office, Banks’ home and other locations.

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