Oct. 23 2015 06:34 AM

New shadowy group appears with attack mailer targeting Boles in Third Ward

Fulfilling a prophecy from earlier this month, A'Lynne Boles — the embattled two-term incumbent in the Third Ward -- has been targeted with a mailer in the Third Ward. The new mailer highlights Boles' legal issues:

"City Councilwoman A'Lynne Boles is responsible for tens of millions of your tax dollars. Yet, Boles is named in three different lawsuits alleging financial mismanagement on her part. One lawsuit even accuses her of fraud. According to court records, a local attorney paid Boles $5,932.30 for work that the lawyer claims Boles never did. Boles declines to comment on the case. Then Boles went on local television and denied knowledge of three MORE lawsuits filed against her. The lawsuits against Boles are adding up. Lansing's families just can't trust her with their tax dollars."

The mailer gets some facts wrong. Boles is currently facing only two lawsuits in 54-A District Court. The one referenced related to alleged fraud and a second one from a credit union from metro Detroit attempting to collect overdraft fees.

Todd Heywood/City Pulse

This mailer involves a new group — EPIC — which does not appear to be registered with the state as a business. The return address for the organization is 750 Lake Lansing Rd. suite A — the former "world headquarters" of Grassroots Midwest — a political consulting firm tied to Capitol Region Progress, a shadowy political nonprofit that has blanketed the First and Third Wards with mailers and robocalls. Two of Grassroots Midwest's employees as listed as officers for the organization in filings with the IRS.

The office on Lake Lansing Rd., however, was a completely empty suite when City Pulse visited Thursday afternoon. Neighbors in the industrial area say Grassroots Midwest left the facility earlier this year

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