A Dem lawmaker from Michigan got busted spending campaign cash at a strip club after he reported the expenditure. State Rep. Jewell Jones, D-Inkster reported spending $221 of his campaign money at a strip club in Dearborn for a March 8 “constituent meeting” to discuss “potential economic projects.”
Jones took an interview with Detroit media and tried to describe the Pantheion Club as a “lounge,” not a strip club before the phone mysteriously went dead. A Twitter account using the name Pantheion Club describes it as “the oldest and most established gentlemen’s club in Michigan.”
Jones later texted the reporter at the Detroit News after the phone interview failed: “We have to meet people where they’re at some times, #HOLLA.” He then told the reporter the strip club has “great lamb chops.”
Jones was recently in the headlines after he was arrested for drunk driving. He also told the cops who arrested him that he’d call the governor and that he had oversight of the police budget.
From Detroit Metro Times:
Simon Schuster, executive director of the nonprofit Michigan Campaign Finance Network, told The Detroit News that Michigan’s elected officials “often use campaign funds to wine, dine and entertain themselves … under the guise of conducting business.”
Former Wayne County Sheriff, the late Benny Napoleon, was found to have spent more on meals and traveling than Mayor Mike Duggan and every sheriff, commissioner, and executive in Oakland, Macomb, and Wayne counties combined.
Jones is currently facing up to two years in prison on charges related to a DUI he received in April. Last week, Jones was fined $1,000 after failing to pay for his court-ordered alcohol monitor. This was Jones’ second bond violation.
Full filing is here: https://t.co/J19LrM2r4k— Simon D. Schuster (@Simon_Schuster) July 26, 2021
Embattled state legislator Jewell Jones, already facing multiple felony charges, on why he spent $221 of campaign cash at a Dearborn strip club:— Chad Livengood (@ChadLivengood) July 26, 2021
"We have (to) meet people where they're at some times … #HOLLA."https://t.co/Y04iCEt37S
via @DNBethLeBlanc & @CraigDMauger
Here's an interesting one:— Craig Mauger (@CraigDMauger) July 26, 2021
State Rep. Jewell Jones, D-Inkser, spent more than $6,400 from his campaign account on meals for meetings over the first 7 months of 2021.
That includes this dinner meeting that cost nearly $700. pic.twitter.com/YMrbL3lYr3
Livingston Co prosecutor is again asking to revoke Rep. Jewell Jones' bond; alleges he failed to pay electronic monitor bill causing it to be shut off … Jones' response to reminder was "No worries. I see the email. Thank you! I don't get a discount???" Hearing is Friday pic.twitter.com/z0eW77ka2Z— Lisa Roose-Church (@LisaRooseChurch) July 20, 2021