After a year and a half long investigation, the Michigan Secretary of State has determined that Warren Mayor Jim Fouts and his Public Services Director Richard Sabaugh violated the Michigan Campaign Finance Act.
The violation centers on a State of the City speech Fouts gave in 2016 that turned into a fundraiser for a Political Action Committee with connections to Fouts.
The complaint was made to the state by Leon Drolet in January 2017.
Fouts and Sabaugh responded during the investigation that $713 in city resources and staff were used to put notices of the event in Warren city water bills.
The letters from the state say they can settle this with the state by reimbursing the city a total of $761.90 to avoid a referral to the state attorney general for additional prosecution and a hearing where fines could be imposed.
We are awaiting a call back from Fouts for his response.