How Much Does It Cost To Honor Mayor Dan Paletko?

Did you get your invite to the Mayors fundraiser? I didn’t know the Mayor was up for election this year… What’s that? He’s not well if he isn’t why is he having a fundraiser?  Well it’s not a ‘fundraiser’ according to the invitation it’s a Dinner Reception in honor of Mayor Dan Paletko. Why? What is the reason for anyone to pay $50.00 to honor this man? While people are charging to their credit cards to make repairs to their homes from the flood on August 11, 2014 our Mayor is honoring himself. The card states paid for by: Dan Paletko for Mayor.

Dinner Reception for Dan Paletko

I would think that if you are to be honored people are supposed to do that for you, not you, doing it to ‘toot’ your own horn. This isn’t an election year Mr. Mayor your election in case you forgot is in 2017. I think if there ever was a time not to honor yourself it should be this year. Out of common decency for your residents that are still trying to recover from what happened to their homes on August 11, 2014.

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6 thoughts on “How Much Does It Cost To Honor Mayor Dan Paletko?”

  1. Anonymous65,

    Sorry this is late but I have the answers to your questions.

    The mayor came up to me at the last council meeting. He said he could not answer my email because I sent it to his official city email and not his personal one which is against the rules set forth by US Federal Election Commission.

    Regarding the guest list. Mayor Paletko said it is a private list and that the all council members have their own private lists.

    Is the $50.00 tax deductible? Mayor Paletko said it is not.

    Regarding corporate checks. Mayor Paletko reiterated what I had posted previous. According to the US Federal Election Commission:

    The law also prohibits contributions from corporations and labor unions. This prohibition applies to any incorporated organization, profit or nonprofit. For example, the owner of an incorporated “mom and pop” grocery store is not permitted to use a business account to make contributions. Instead, the owner would have to use a personal account. A corporate employee may make contributions through a nonrepayable corporate drawing account, which allows the individual to draw personal funds against salary, profits or other compensation.

    Hope this helps.

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  2. Anonymouse65,

    I emailed the mayor’s office and asked your questions – so far no response.

    My daughter and her husband received an invitation and have no idea how they got on the list. My guess, the list is probably from city records which the mayor and his staff are privy to. Not sure if the Freedom of Information Act/FOIA would apply to getting the mayor’s list.

    According to the US Federal Election Commission at http://www.fec.gov Corporations and Unions

    The law also prohibits contributions from corporations and labor unions. This prohibition applies to any incorporated organization, profit or nonprofit. For example, the owner of an incorporated “mom and pop” grocery store is not permitted to use a business account to make contributions. Instead, the owner would have to use a personal account. A corporate employee may make contributions through a nonrepayable corporate drawing account, which allows the individual to draw personal funds against salary, profits or other compensation.

    Fundraising Tickets and Items

    Yet another way of making a contribution is to purchase a fundraising item or a ticket to a fundraiser. The full purchase price counts as a contribution. If you pay $100 for a ticket to a fundraising event like a dinner, you have made a $100 contribution (even though your meal may have cost the committee $30). Or, if you pay $15 for a T-shirt sold by a campaign, your contribution amounts to $15 (even though the T-shirt may have cost the committee $5).

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  3. Nothing much to respond to your invite mayor but unfortunately we as residents of Dearborn heights are wondering what is more important to you these flooded properties that we didn’t reco and fix yet or your invite
    With all respect but I highly recommend you to spend that time to help your city and the residents who elected you and solve the flood issues in that time rather than spending it in just social invitation
    Thank you

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  4. Great points Suzanne.
    A few questions ( I am not short on those!)

    Does anyone have an official guest list for this event? Is this public information? Would this $50 be detectable on one’s taxes?
    Why can’t he accept “corporate checks”

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  5. My husband (who is the mail sorter in our home) said we received one too and immediately put it through the shredder. I didn’t know we received one until I told him about what was on the Truth Page.

    The arrogance of this mayor is unbelievable. I wonder if all his senior groupies will cough up $50.00 each to reward and honor him for keeping their senior centers open.

    One other thing. I was talking to a couple who had severe damage to their home’s living space (not only their basement) from the flood. They attended a meeting in Dearborn Heights recently where there was this woman who told them that their flood damage was their own fault because they weren’t prepared!!!!! I wonder what song this woman would be singing if her home was hit so hard by a wave of creek water it actually knocked homes off their foundations. I am willing to bet that woman is one of the mayor’s groupies.

    Sheesh!! I guess this woman thought the victims of the flood should have gotten together to buy several hundred tons of sand and several thousand dollars in bags and surround their houses with sand bags at least 10 foot high.

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