IRS tracked campaign cash given to Kilpatrick fundraiser

photo of Kwame Kilpatrick heading for court

Kwame Kilpatrick heading to federal court.

The IRS subpoenaed bank records belonging to Kwame Kilpatrick”s fundraiser, Emma Bell, to trace payments to the longtime Detroit fundraiser from the mayor.

IRS Special Agent Ron Sauer built a spreadsheet tracking each payment from the mayor’s political campaign, Civic Fund and inaugural committee from 2003 to 2008 .

For instance, on Jan. 17, 2006, Bell received $50,000 from Kilpatrick’s inaugural committee. She withdrew $10,000 cash and bought $40,000 worth of cashier’s checks, Sauer testified Wednesday.

In all, Bell received more than $900,000 in payments from Kilpatrick-related entities, none of which she reported as income to the IRS, prosecutors said.

Bell is expected to testify later today and describe being forced to kickback part of those payments back to Kilpatrick.

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