DSCDO is new political machine - building Matt Zone candidacy for higher office

Submitted by lmcshane on Tue, 08/08/2017 - 21:46.

From Laura McShane:  It is absolutely critical for the machine to support the oligarchy behind Frank Jackson. The next figurehead in that line-up is Matt Zone.  Detroit Shoreway Development Corporation (DSCDO) allows the machine to continue handing off special deals for special friends. Community Development Block Grant funding will dry up under Donald Trump - each council person also allocates Neighborhood Development Allocations to select groups.  It is in Matt Zone's interest to keep this CDO alive and if Cummins does not win - there is the chance that funding will be cut to support the machine.

But Zone also has higher political aspirations. On an episode of the CleCast podcast earlier this year, he hinted that his next term would be his last as a Cleveland City Councilman. In a follow-up conversation, he told Scene that running for Mayor, County Executive or state office were all possibilities. He said that after his next term, he's ready to pass the torch to another leader and that he doesn't intend to be a council "lifer."

https://www.clevescene.com/scene-and-heard/archives/2017/08/08/why-did-councilman-matt-zone-have-a-campaign-fundraiser-in-los-angeles

(NOTE: Matt Zone's sister, Peggy Zone Fisher - is married to Lee Fisher - now appointed head of CSU Law School, after years in politics, and equally nebulous roles as the head of non-profits, like Centers for Families and Children and CEO for Cities.  Peggy Zone Fisher also heads up and pays herself a lavish salary for the nebulous non-profit Diversity Center of NEO)

 

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From Diane Morgan:

 

Jeff Ramsey

Executive Director

Detroit Shoreway Community Development Organization

August 8, 2017

 

Dear Mr. Ramsey,

 

In a previous letter that I sent you I requested that your organization refrain from participating in any political activity with Councilman Cummins, due to your 501c3 status.

 

 Exert:

“Given the close ties of the councilman with your organization, I would like to caution you and let you know that should this type of activity continue, I will be filing a complaint against your organization.  

As you are aware I am sure, your email contact list, phone list are not to be used for political purposes.  Any events, like your upcoming Metro West Senior Citizen day, or block club meetings are not to be used for political purposes.”

Within the past couple of days, I have received emails that were forwarded to me, from people, who live in the ward, that were sent to them from Mr. Cummins personal email address, plowharp [at] gmail [dot] com, forwarded to his citzensforcummins [at] gmail [dot] com account.

They never signed up to be added to his account. They did though attend events like block clubs, or public meetings.  It is clear that he obtained the email addresses from events that the CDO hosted or sponsored. 

I am filing a complaint with the Ohio Ethics Commission.  Mr. Cummins was copied the letter I sent you and should have been aware that this would be a violation. Additionally, I will be challenging your 501c3 status, since you are clearly operating as an arm of a political organization as the email from citizensforcummins [at] gmail [dot] com , clearly shows.

Sincerely,

 

Diane Morgan

Resident

 

CC:

Brian Cummins

Matt Zone

 

 

 

Attachment

Tax Code Limitations on Non-Profit Organizations.

 If an organization is a non-profit, charitable organization which holds its tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code (26 U.S.C. § 501(c)(3), that is, organizations which may receive contributions which are tax-deductible for the donor), then that organization has an express restriction that it may not “participate in or intervene in (including the publishing or distributing of statements), any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for public office.” There are certain activities which have been deemed to be “nonpartisan” activities related to elections (including nonpartisan voter registration activities) in which such organizations may engage and still retain their preferred tax-exempt status.

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Photo shows family across from Cummins mother-in-law-they  pay $52/yr in property  taxes!

 

Jeff Ramsey

Executive Director

Detroit Shoreway Community Development Organization

July3, 2017

 

Dear Mr. Ramsey,

 

On Wednesday June 28, 2017, employees of your organization took part in a political event with Mayor Jackson and Councilman Brian Cummins at the Lofts at Lion Mills.

 

Community Organizer, Hilda Abreu, had gathered together several women from Mercedarian Plaza and brought them to the event.  They were under the impression it was a community event.  Instead, they were given campaign t-shirts and used a props for the campaign stop with both candidates. 

 

Economic Director, Keisha Gonzalez presented information to the crowd assembled for the campaign event about some of the work your group is involved in.  This event was listed as a community event, but was in fact a campaign event.

 

I do have documentation to support this claim.

 

Given the close ties of the councilman with your organization, I would like to caution you and let you know that should this type of activity continue, I will be filing a complaint against your organization.  

As you are aware I am sure, your email contact list, phone list are not to be used for political purposes.  Any events, like your upcoming Metro West Senior Citizen day, or block club meetings are not to be used for political purposes.

It is my hope that all of your employees are made aware of the prohibitions in participating in political activities.  It is a bit disconcerting when you have members of your staff that are on the Executive Committee of the Democratic Party, although not in your service area.  It does make one question their objectiveness when it comes to their job or political loyalties.

I thank you for your cooperation and hope that there is no need to have further discussion in the future.

Sincerely,

 

Diane Morgan

Resident

 

CC:

Brian Cummins

Matt Zone

 

 

Attachment

Tax Code Limitations on Non-Profit Organizations.

 

 If an organization is a non-profit, charitable organization which holds its tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code (26 U.S.C. § 501(c)(3), that is, organizations which may receive contributions which are tax-deductible for the donor), then that organization has an express restriction that it may not “participate in or intervene in (including the publishing or distributing of statements), any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for public office.” There are certain activities which have been deemed to be “nonpartisan” activities related to elections (including nonpartisan voter registration activities) in which such organizations may engage and still retain their preferred tax-exempt status.

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Endorsement for Mayor of Cleveland

 On Monday Jun 26, 2017 I had the opportunity to attend the Mayoral Forum 

sponsored by the Cuyahoga County Progressive Caucus and the Ward 14 
Democratic Club at the VFW on West 61st Street in Clark-Fulton.   
I’ve since attended most of the other forums as well.
 
Of all the candidates present at the event the one that caught my attention
was former East Cleveland Mayor Eric Brewer.   He was the only one who
appeared to have a true grasp of the issues concerning Cleveland combined
with a positive track record to validate his claims.   He comes across as 
someone who chooses to be a statesman rather than a politician. This combined
with his intelligence, charisma and burning desire to serve the citizens of 
Cleveland makes him the ideal successor to soon to be former Mayor Frank 
Jackson.  Frankly, he is the only candidate taking this election seriously.
 
Contrary to what the media and his opponents would like the public to believe
Eric only appears to grow angry at two things.  One, when he is falsely accused
of something and two, with the rampant injustice that pervades the City of Cleveland.
Just as with Eric I am not satisfied with the performance of the Cleveland Schools
and its inability to teach our children the basics of reading, writing, speaking and
listening.  I am not satisfied with the anemic job growth in Cleveland  especially
the blown opportunity of failing to land the Amazon Fulfillment Center which 
ended up in North Randal.   I am not satisfied with the lack of discipline and
training in our police department resulting in the unnecessary deaths of Cleveland
citizens when it clearly could have been prevented.  I am not satisfied when 
Cleveland is ranked at the top of the list in poverty while crime is rampant in
our city.  I am not satisfied with the catering to owners of sports teams by 
Cleveland officials when they know in their own conscience it is the wrong thing
to do.   
 
I believe it is time to get the City of Cleveland moving again.   We have stagnated
for the last 12 years under a political philosophy of "it is what it is".   Never let
it be said that this was the time the tide ran out on Cleveland but rather was the
time the tide finally came in.  Eric Brewer is that tide and represents the pro-active
change Cleveland needs during these challenging times.   Right now Cleveland is
a ship without a captain {and a rudder as well}.  Eric Brewer will be that captain 
if voters make the right choice on September 12, 2017 {my 54th birthday}.  
 

Eric J Brewer is a good man

Eric Jonathan Brewer is working it people - you have a choice besides Frank Jackson - who should be investigated for the shady land politics that has been the hallmark of his regime. Jackson is a product of the crony politics that evolved while under the Mike White admin - the rise of a shadow political machine through the CDCs with the support of the council leadership funded by Forest City. Jackson, Rokakis, Frangos, Pianka...and sadly other council folks at that time...now in city hall sinecures. Remember - Jackson was council person in the "forgotten triangle" ... Brandon E. Chrostowski knows some of this ...he wrote excellent piece in East side news about the NuCLEus deal. Other folks are in the the shadow to capitalize on the "network" -Stark, Schneider...