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May 10, 2016

Ex-Flint Official Says Mayor Tried to Steer Crisis Donations to PAC

A former Flint, Mich., administrator filed a federal lawsuit Monday alleging that she was terminated for looking into claims that the city’s mayor sought to channel contributions to a charity aiding families affected by Flint’s water crisis into a political fund, Reuters and the Detroit Free Press report.

Natasha Henderson was fired from the city’s top non-elected post in February. According to the suit, she was let go for seeking an inquiry into a municipal employee’s allegation that Mayor Karen Weaver instructed the worker and a volunteer to steer donors to the website of a political-action committee aligned with the mayor rather than to the city’s own site, where people could give to the charity Safe Water/Safe Homes.

A lawyer for the city did not respond to a Reuters request for comment. In a statement to the Free Press, Ms. Weaver said it is city policy to “not respond to allegations made in civil litigation matters.”