This is a pretty serious accusation, and even if CNN can’t verify that the PAC in question even exists, they thought it was a big enough story to run with anyway. Apparently, money that donors sent to assist Flint, Michigan, with its water crisis was actually diverted to a PAC to support Karen Weaver, the current mayor of the city.

In the suit filed Monday, fired administrator Natasha Henderson claims that in February 2016, Flint’s current mayor, Karen Weaver, directed a former city employee and a city volunteer to stop directing potential donors to a charity called Safe Water/Safe Homes. That charity was run by the Community Foundation of Greater Flint and had been approved by the city for water-crisis donations.

Instead, the lawsuit claims city employee Maxine Murray was directed by Weaver to begin directing donations to “Karenabout Flint.” According to the lawsuit, Murray came to Henderson “in tears” and in fear of “going to jail.”

Now, keep in mind that Weaver, a Democrat, was not the mayor at the time of the crisis, and in fact ran on the idea the sitting Democratic mayor didn’t do enough for the people of Flint during the crisis. Also, keep in mind that CNN never once mentioned that Weaver was a Democrat, simply alluding to it halfway into the story. However, that is to be expected.

Anyway, as CNN says, they can’t verify the alleged PAC exists, but the story is being run not only on CNN, but in the Detroit Free Press, and other news outlets. If the lawsuit is accurate, the city official who brought up her concerns about the movement of the money was promptly fired (which caused her to file said lawsuit). It is an entirely believable story? Of course, because you never let a crisis go to waste, remember?

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