Mark Schauer’s Culture of Corruption
For the second time this year, the Mark Schauer/Lisa Brown campaign is caught in a PR firestorm from a complaint alleging the campaign of breaking Michigan campaign finance law by making illegal contributions to Lisa Brown.
According to the complaint, Schauer illegally contributed candidate-to-candidate contributions to Lisa Brown before she was his official lieutenant governor nominee.
In a bold attempt to help his hand-picked running mate, Schauer skirted Michigan’s law by supporting Brown’s candidacy through campaign paraphernalia (e.g. yard signs and other campaign ads).
“Until Lisa Brown becomes the official nominee, Schauer can’t spend funds on advocating her for lieutenant governor of Michigan,” said Eric Doster, campaign finance expert.
Before Brown was nominated on August 23, she was her own candidate under the law and forbidden from accepting donations from another candidate committee.
In an agonizing attempt to try and justify Mark Schauer’s complete disregard of the law, Schauer’s spokesperson embarrassingly tried to spin the complaint by deflecting blame on others rather than accepting responsibility.
If found guilty, Mark Schauer faces a fine up to $1,000 or jail time up to 93 days.
This is not the first time Schauer’s campaign has blatantly disregarded Michigan’s campaign finance law.
In 2009, Schauer was found guilty of breaking Michigan campaign finance and was awarded the biggest campaign finance violation in Michigan history.
Similarly, his Big Labor buddies, SEIU, were caught breaking Michigan’s campaign finance law and received the second-highest fine in Michigan history. Since 2008, Schauer has received $54,000 from SEIU.
The culture of corruption doesn’t end with Schauer. Last month, Oakland County’s chief elections officer, Lisa Brown, paid a $300 fine for failing to adhere to the same laws she was elected to enforce.
This pattern of corruption is alarming. It seems to indicate that the Democrats’ hand-picked gubernatorial candidate believes he is above the law all candidates in Michigan are expected to adhere to.
Michigan families deserve a leader who will not skirt the rule of law to get ahead. We’ve seen Michigan suffer under the culture of corruption that prevailed during Gov. Jennifer Granholm’s Lost Decade. We simply cannot afford to go back to catering to special interest groups for shortsighted political gain.
Michigan families need a leader with a proven record, credibility and conviction.
In more than 400 days of campaigning, Schauer has shown he doesn’t have a plan to move Michigan forward and that he will do and say anything to win — even if it means breaking the law.