Abdullah's alarming fundraising
 

At a mayoral debate on September 18, Abdullah Hammoud admitted that he pays people $20 an hour to knock on doors for his campaign. "We pay more than Amazon," he bragged.

So when a $20-per-hour "volunteer" comes to your door, don't assume they're doing it for the greater good of Dearborn -- in fact, they're sometimes not even FROM Dearborn. They have actually been heard to say, "I'm doing it because I need the money."

 

And those phone calls you may be getting from "The Hammoud for Mayor Campaign?" Well, he spent $22,000 on a company in Washington, D.C. that specializes in calls.

The fact is, the slick campaign of Abdullah Hammoud, from videos to an overload of mail and texts, to the people knocking on your doors, is a result of big money in politics.

Abdullah Hammoud spent a quarter of a million dollars on the August primary election for Mayor of Dearborn. Alarmingly, close to $50,000 came from outside of Michigan.

By the time his most recent campaign finance report was filed for the period ending October 17, Hammoud had raised more than $500,000.

Voters need to understand how unusual -- even concerning -- that is. This sort of funding is extremely unusual in our mayoral elections.

Where does the money come from?

A lot of people with a lot of money have poured funds into Hammoud's campaign.

 

More than 90 people have given him the maximum allowable $2,100, and another 125 have given him between $1,000 and $2,000 -- the sort of money that most people can't spare.

 

Imagine that many people lining up with those big checks.  It's a long line.

Who's giving him all this money? You can see for yourself, in the campaign finance reports elsewhere on this page.

 

The kind of money that could actually buy an election

With that kind of money, someone with relatively little experience, someone who was virtually unknown a handful of years ago, can build an image, create perceptions and otherwise elevate themselves with a barrage of advertising, mail, calls, texts, online presence and more. You can pay people $20 an hour to knock on doors, even if the person answering that door believes it’s a volunteer.

 

The Hammoud campaign spent nearly $90,000 on mail. And nearly $180,000 on out of town consultants.

This is what is meant by the term “buying an election.”  And a half-million dollars goes a long way.

The question remains unanswered, for now: Is Dearborn for sale?

We'll find out on November 2.

See for yourself:
Here are the campaign finance reports for both Mayor candidates

Abdullah Hammoud's
campaign finance reports

For reporting period ending July 18

For reporting period July 19 through August 23

For reporting period August 24 through October 17

Gary Woronchak's
campaign finance reports

For reporting period ending July 18

For reporting period July 19 through August 23

For reporting period August 24 through October 17

But, here's what money CAN'T buy

 

Experience can’t be bought. It’s acquired over time, while doing good work.
 

A long-held reputation for good public service can’t be bought. It is proven with consistency, not just on a stage during election season.


The public’s trust can’t be bought. It can only be earned.

These things that money can’t buy are what Gary Woronchak has earned by serving Dearborn for years.

 

As our State Representative and our Wayne County Commissioner, he has listened to us, responded, and delivered. He’s proven and tested and ready to lead.

Experience. A reputation for good public service. The public’s trust.

That’s why Gary Woronchak is the clear choice in this election for Mayor of Dearborn.