David Bing recall, Detroit, Michigan (2012)
Reasons for recall
Democratic state representative John Olumba initiated the recall effort. Olumba asked for an investigation into how Bing handled the transfer of Detroit's public health department over to a private nonprofit institute. Olumba believed Bing may have misused public funds. In a letter to Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette, Olumba asked for an investigation into whether the Bing administration, without the city council's approval, moved $50,000 in city funds meant for the health department into the private account of the nonprofit Institute for Population Health. When objections to the financial transfer were originally brought forward, the money was returned to city accounts.
In December 2012, the Detroit News ran an editorial titled "Cool off the recalls." The editorial says, "No recent development is crazier than the knee-jerk campaign to remove Mayor Dave Bing from his final year in office. The proposed recall election would cost the city $500,000 to $900,000 it can't afford and doom hopes for the city to avoid a state-appointed emergency financial manager — if not bankruptcy."
Path to the ballot
Olumba submitted recall paperwork in October 2012. A recall petition was approved in November 2012. Recall organizers had until February 2013 to gather enough signatures to trigger a May 2013 recall election. No signatures were submitted in February 2013, signalling the end of the recall effort.