Charity paid for getaway for Kilpatrick, mistress

Christine Beatty and Kwame Kilpatrick

The mayor’s charity paid for a luxury getaway between Kwame Kilpatrick and his mistress Christine Beatty in November 2002 in Vail, Colo.

The Kilpatrick Civic Fund wrote a $1,009 check for the getaway at the Sonnenalp Resort, according to an IRS agent. The expense violated IRS laws, Special Agent Ron Sauer testified

He subpoenaed the resort’s records for the weekend getaway on Nov. 7, 2002.

From the resort’s website:

The Sonnenalp Resort of Vail features 112 luxury suites and 15 hotel rooms — all with a view of either Gore Creek or Vail Village. Each suite has a bedroom and a well-appointed, delightfully comfortable living room area. Custom-made Bavarian furniture, a gas-log fireplace and large bathrooms with heated floors complete each suite.

While there, the charity paid for manicures, pedicures and a “gentleman’s facial.”

Prosecutors showed text messages between Beatty and the mayor ahead of the trip. The lovers spent three nights in a $420-a-night room.

Kilpatrick: “Are you ready for the 7th?”

Beatty: “You can’t even understand how ready. When we go away, it’s like stealing a moment that is supposed to be a reality anyway.”

On Kilpatrick’s mayoral calendar, seized by investigators, Kilpatrick’s staff summed up how he spent Nov. 7.

“Gone fishing,” the calendar read.

Robert Snell
Robert Snell is the Detroit News federal courts reporter. He can be reached at or (313) 222-2028.