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Pastor Brooks defends donation to corrupt ex-mayor of Detroit

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Chicago's rooftop pastor is defending his donation to the former mayor of Detroit.

FOX 32 first broke the story of Pastor Corey Brooks who gave a $2,000 donation to Kwame Kilpatrick who is facing racketeering charges in Michigan. Brooks told FOX 32's Darlene Hill that as a man of the church, he'd do it all over again.

Pastor Brooks, who has been fundraising to build a new community center on the South Side, needs about $14 million to make that dream a reality.

So, if he's trying to raise money, how he could give any of it away?

"Sometimes we help people to our detriment and I would say that would be one of those things," Brooks explains. "I did not know that helping Kwame Kilpatrick was going to be such a big deal."

Just before Christmas, Pastor Brooks says he received a letter from the former disgraced mayor of Detroit asking him for financial help. The money was wired to him after Brooks says three church members made a donation to the church.

Video shows Kilpatrick picking it up in a Michigan Wal-Mart. He's under house arrest while on trial on federal corruption charges and owes Detroit $800,000 in restitution.

Brooks says that donation came from the church fund, not the account being used to build a community center.

"We have money that is designated to help the poor and to help those who can't do for themselves and to help those who are in need," Brooks says. "This is no ‘fly by night church.' We are very organized very structured and we are committed to our cause."

Pastor Brooks say he's received some hate mail from Detroit and other letters from Michigan asking for help.

Brooks says he's learned a lot and he has his congregations for support. He also told FOX 32's Darlene Hill that Detroit's former mayor called and apologized for getting him caught up in his political mess, but outside of that, Brooks says the two have not talked or emailed each other.

Project Hood has about $14 million left to raise and he hopes people are still willing to give.

"I'm a Christian and I believe in redemption," Brooks says. "I believe in forgiveness and I believe in trying to help humanity and I want to be a good neighbor."

Their focus is and has always been to build that $15 million community center on the South Side to give an inner city kids and teens a place away from gun violence.

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