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Pastor Brooks gave church donations to indicted ex-Detroit mayor

The man known as the rooftop pastor has revealed that he gave church money to former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick.

Pastor Corey Brooks said $2,000 in church members’ donations was wired to Kilpatrick during the holiday season.

Brooks said Kilpatrick wrote him a letter pleading for financial help for his family.

Kilpatrick was forced to resign in 2008 and served 14 months in prison.

He owes the city of Detroit hundreds of thousands of dollars in restitution and is facing racketeering charges.

Brooks says the money he sent to Kilpatrick was not connected to his community revitalization project.

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8 Comments to “Pastor Brooks gave church donations to indicted ex-Detroit mayor”

    MommaT said:
    January 9, 2013 at 7:38 AM

    From a former resident of Detroit metro, my issue with the donation is that Kwame and family is living in a multi-million dollar home, with 2 large SUVs. When it was suggestion that he downsize, he st moved to a larger home. His greed did a lot of damage to Detroit and that money could have been better used elsewhere.

    Phillip B. said:
    January 9, 2013 at 7:43 AM

    I don't think its fair to Pastor Brooks to make his generosity sound like he did something wrong. Like he said, his intent was to help a family in need. Kwame will be judged on his own merit and if he continues to be dishonest that will be his problem and not Pastor Brooks. God bless New Beginings Church for having a forgiving spirit and being able to look past one's mistakes in life.

    MommaT said:
    January 9, 2013 at 8:34 AM

    Have no problem with the pastor's generosity just feel that there are more deserving souls. That's all.

    Wisdom Now said:
    January 9, 2013 at 8:37 AM

    I think it was just a bad judgment decision on Brooks part especially with New Beginnings money. If he wanted to be generous there is enough people in his own hood to do that for. I don't think it was the best use of his church's money. The crooked mayor couldn't have approached church's in the town he robbed. Common rule: Pastors shouldn't have that freedom don't they have spending policies in their church and a finance team for this?

    Todd Pardee said:
    January 9, 2013 at 9:49 AM

    Does the pastor have all the paperwork required when a legitimate not for profit makes a donation over $600.00? Legally the NFP has to keep record and make IRS filing such as 1099 for a legitimate transaction. They cannot legally hand some one $2 large to pay your mortgage no questions asked.. If it was handled legitimately then the matter is between the NFP Board, their employees and their donors.

      SharedKnowledge said:
      January 9, 2013 at 12:02 PM

      Todd, Religious organizations are exempt from such strict reporting. http://www.irs.gov/Charities-&-Non-Profits/Ch

        Todd parser said:
        January 11, 2013 at 8:28 AM

        You sent a blank page to “support” your position.
        As president of a Charitable NFP we report all transactions and donations above the called for thresholds

    MommaT said:
    January 11, 2013 at 9:02 AM

    Been following the trial in Detroit. Kwame is now under house arrest for not reporting the $2k and they are now looking for the possibility of other money transfers he may have not reported. Kwame is a user, always has been, always will.

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