Mark Schauer would ‘drive’ Michigan irresponsibly back to Lost Decade
By Darren Littell - Developing a responsible and commonsense budget is a daunting task. It requires a thoughtful and competent person to make the necessary and tough decisions. Unfortunately for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer, he is not that person.
As a member of the Legislature, he voted lock step with ex-Gov. Jennifer Granholm and passed budgets that cut funding for schools and vital services and increased taxes and fees on Michigan families.
One of those obnoxious fees Schauer supported: driver responsibility fees. In an attempt to balance the state budget, Schauer thought it was as easy as imposing fees on drivers.
The law that was supposed to create an incentive for individuals to drive in a responsible manner backfired and instead created a vicious cycle that hurt the pocket book of Michiganians. The regressive nature of the fee was particularly tough on low-income individuals who could not afford to pay.
In some cases, the law’s unintended consequences incentivized some to break additional laws just to get to work.
Perhaps driver responsibility fees didn’t seem like a big deal to Schauer ,who received a special tax break only available to legislators who lived at least 50 miles from the Capitol – Mark Schauer lived 57 miles away. According to reports, “Eligible lawmakers end up saving on average between $8,000 and $10,000 a year depending on their tax brackets.” Mark Schauer took the “driving” tax break every year as a member of the State House.
This was hardly Schauer’s first rodeo, he voted to increase fee and taxes over 40 times as a state legislator.
It is a very difficult undertaking to develop a responsible state budget. It’s not enough to only identify problems. One has to work with limited resources and work through a political and budgetary gauntlet.
Schauer and Michigan Democrats can attest to the difficulty. During their Lost Decade, they left Michigan with a $1.5 billion deficit and a Rainy Day Fund that was virtually gone. Detroit’s financial mismanagement was never properly addressed, and the only way to save the city was through a total financial restructuring. Rather than put in the work, they thought it’d be a much easier option to increase taxes and fees – easier, yes, but not within a million miles of being a viable solution.
Michigan can’t afford another career politician who will choose convenience over hard work every time. Michigan can’t afford Mark Schauer, again.

Mark Schauer would ‘drive’ Michigan irresponsibly back to Lost Decade

By Darren Littell - Developing a responsible and commonsense budget is a daunting task. It requires a thoughtful and competent person to make the necessary and tough decisions. Unfortunately for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer, he is not that person.

As a member of the Legislature, he voted lock step with ex-Gov. Jennifer Granholm and passed budgets that cut funding for schools and vital services and increased taxes and fees on Michigan families.

One of those obnoxious fees Schauer supported: driver responsibility fees. In an attempt to balance the state budget, Schauer thought it was as easy as imposing fees on drivers.

The law that was supposed to create an incentive for individuals to drive in a responsible manner backfired and instead created a vicious cycle that hurt the pocket book of Michiganians. The regressive nature of the fee was particularly tough on low-income individuals who could not afford to pay.

In some cases, the law’s unintended consequences incentivized some to break additional laws just to get to work.

Perhaps driver responsibility fees didn’t seem like a big deal to Schauer ,who received a special tax break only available to legislators who lived at least 50 miles from the Capitol – Mark Schauer lived 57 miles away. According to reports, “Eligible lawmakers end up saving on average between $8,000 and $10,000 a year depending on their tax brackets.” Mark Schauer took the “driving” tax break every year as a member of the State House.

This was hardly Schauer’s first rodeo, he voted to increase fee and taxes over 40 times as a state legislator.

It is a very difficult undertaking to develop a responsible state budget. It’s not enough to only identify problems. One has to work with limited resources and work through a political and budgetary gauntlet.

Schauer and Michigan Democrats can attest to the difficulty. During their Lost Decade, they left Michigan with a $1.5 billion deficit and a Rainy Day Fund that was virtually gone. Detroit’s financial mismanagement was never properly addressed, and the only way to save the city was through a total financial restructuring. Rather than put in the work, they thought it’d be a much easier option to increase taxes and fees – easier, yes, but not within a million miles of being a viable solution.

Michigan can’t afford another career politician who will choose convenience over hard work every time. Michigan can’t afford Mark Schauer, again.

For Democrats, President Obama helps by not visiting
Last week, Gary Peters and Mark Schauer got a visit from First Lady Michelle Obama. Later this week, Hillary Clinton will make a quick stop to stump for both Democratic candidates. Both visits are attempts by national Democrats to help create buzz for lackluster Democratic candidates. But what is notable about these visits is the fact Hillary Clinton and the First Lady are coming instead of President Barack Obama.
Since President Obama took office, he has visited Michigan five times, but hasn’t been to town lately. Why the sudden change? Perhaps it has something to do with the fact Obama’s popularity and job approval is dropping faster than the mercury on Mackinac.
Perhaps it has something to do with President Obama’s announcement earlier this month that, “I’m not on the ballot this fall […] But make no mistake: These policies are on the ballot, every single one of them.” Not exactly the rallying cry Gary Peters and Mark Schauer, both in close races where they’ll need independent votes, were looking for.
President Obama’s policies that will be on the ballot this fall include cap-and-trade and the EPA’s proposed new rules, policies that would kill good paying jobs for hard working Americans and increase energy prices for family households throughout our state.
President Obama’s wasteful spending will be on the ballot this fall, a policy championed by Gary Peters and Mark Schauer. In Peters’ first three years in Congress, he supported $5.6 trillion in tax-and-spend legislation while Schauer rubberstamped a stunning $4.9 trillion in just 24 months.
However, Schauer’s and Peters’ unforgiving support for President Obama’s signature legislation, Obamacare, is what they are most afraid will be talked about if President Obama came to Michigan. The law that caused 225,000 Michigan families to lose their healthcare, increased premiums for 246,000 people, reduced the quality of health care for millions and received the “Lie of the Year” from PolitiFact is a huge liability for Mark Schauer and Gary Peters.
President Obama is being held accountable for his policies, which is why Peters and Schauer are keeping him at arms length. However, hiding behind a different group of candidates will do little to keep Michigan families from holding Peters and Schauer accountable in November.
Considering all of this, it’s hard to blame Mark Schauer and Gary Peters for letting President Obama know that while the First Lady is always welcome in Michigan, her invitation doesn’t include a plus one.

For Democrats, President Obama helps by not visiting

Last week, Gary Peters and Mark Schauer got a visit from First Lady Michelle Obama. Later this week, Hillary Clinton will make a quick stop to stump for both Democratic candidates. Both visits are attempts by national Democrats to help create buzz for lackluster Democratic candidates. But what is notable about these visits is the fact Hillary Clinton and the First Lady are coming instead of President Barack Obama.

Since President Obama took office, he has visited Michigan five times, but hasn’t been to town lately. Why the sudden change? Perhaps it has something to do with the fact Obama’s popularity and job approval is dropping faster than the mercury on Mackinac.

Perhaps it has something to do with President Obama’s announcement earlier this month that, “I’m not on the ballot this fall […] But make no mistake: These policies are on the ballot, every single one of them.” Not exactly the rallying cry Gary Peters and Mark Schauer, both in close races where they’ll need independent votes, were looking for.

President Obama’s policies that will be on the ballot this fall include cap-and-trade and the EPA’s proposed new rules, policies that would kill good paying jobs for hard working Americans and increase energy prices for family households throughout our state.

President Obama’s wasteful spending will be on the ballot this fall, a policy championed by Gary Peters and Mark Schauer. In Peters’ first three years in Congress, he supported $5.6 trillion in tax-and-spend legislation while Schauer rubberstamped a stunning $4.9 trillion in just 24 months.

However, Schauer’s and Peters’ unforgiving support for President Obama’s signature legislation, Obamacare, is what they are most afraid will be talked about if President Obama came to Michigan. The law that caused 225,000 Michigan families to lose their healthcare, increased premiums for 246,000 people, reduced the quality of health care for millions and received the “Lie of the Year” from PolitiFact is a huge liability for Mark Schauer and Gary Peters.

President Obama is being held accountable for his policies, which is why Peters and Schauer are keeping him at arms length. However, hiding behind a different group of candidates will do little to keep Michigan families from holding Peters and Schauer accountable in November.

Considering all of this, it’s hard to blame Mark Schauer and Gary Peters for letting President Obama know that while the First Lady is always welcome in Michigan, her invitation doesn’t include a plus one.

Gary Peters is Shipping Jobs Overseas

Michigan has a rich history of investing in our workforce’s skills and talents. The return on those investments created a vibrant middle class and incredible innovations that changed the face of our nation and world. While Democratic Congressman and Senate candidate Gary Peters claims he supports Michigan’s working families, a closer look reveals something very different.

Gary Peters’ love affair with outsourcing began before he went to Washington. As Michigan’s Lotto Chief in 2005, Peters signed a state contract sending millions of dollars to a Chinese manufacture.

Gary Peters’ outsourcing problem doesn’t end there. His time in Washington, D.C. is littered with votes that outsourced Americans jobs. Peters’ biggest vote comes in the form of President Obama’s stimulus package. He told us, “This economic recovery plan is great news for Michigan.”

As it turns out, it was another example of a misguided and irresponsible policy sold to Michigan families by Gary Peters and President Barack Obama on the back of a lie. Billions of dollars were spent on companies that sent jobs overseas as unemployment rose in Michigan and cities across the country. As the public found out this was being done with our tax dollars, high profile Democrats began to distance themselves – but not Gary Peters.

One of the programs Peters was vocal and supportive of was the Department of Energy’s ATVM loan program – a $25 billion program focused on providing debt capital for automakers to produce cars in the U.S.

Fisker, a member of the program, received $529 million for a car that was being manufactured in Finland. At a time when the economy was going through a recession and millions were looking for jobs, Peters was supporting programs with scarce taxpayer dollars for companies to create jobs overseas. Then Fisker went bankrupt and was bought by a Chinese company.

Peters has not only supported shipping job overseas as a Washington, DC insider, he is also supporting it through personal investments. Peters is investing and continues to invest in companies relocating overseas to avoid paying U.S. taxes.

According to Peters’ financial disclosures, he has invested in companies that relocated outside the U.S. to avoid paying taxes through corporate inversions. Peters owns $15,000 to $50,000 of stock in Medtronic Inc, America’s second largest medical device company, and $1,000 to $15,000 of stock in AbbVie Inc, a healthcare company that “plans to outsource its headquarters to dodge America’s high corporate tax rate.”

As these companies relocate to safe tax havens, fewer jobs are available for U.S. workers and billions of dollars that would have otherwise been pumped into our economy are being spent in other countries.

All of the above makes sense when you consider Peters’ background as a Wall Street banker for 20 years. Companies that relocate through corporate inversions are a smart investment; after all, lower taxes mean more profits for a company.

Peters’ voting record and investment decisions are direct contradictions to his political rhetoric. It is clear that Peters will do and say anything to get ahead. From supporting partisan policies that ship jobs overseas and investing in companies that skip town to avoid paying taxes, Peters is only in it for personal and political gain.

Today marks the one-year anniversary of President Barack Obama’s glitch-ridden website, healthcare.gov. In one year, the website has been at the center of controversies that have forced the administration to go into hyper spin mode.

The website failed in so many ways that insurers and consumer reports criticized the law. Even Democrats began to distance themselves from Obamacare. To this day, the website continues to give the administration headaches, as problems persist and Americans demand answers and accountability.

Day one of healthcare.gov was expected to be an exciting day for President Obama and Washington Democrats like Gary Peters and Mark Schauer. Their hard work of passing one of the largest tax increases in U.S. history was finally going to pay dividends.

Regrettably, that was not the case. Instead of a smooth and successful rollout, healthcare.gov crashed on its first day. Its glitches weren’t isolated to one state or geographical area, the website’s failures spanned across the country. It was a great disappointment after the lofty promises Obama, Peters and Schauer made since the law passed in 2010.

After all the smoke and debris cleared, a report from Judicial Watch found that only one person had successfully enrolled on the first day.

What’s just as disturbing is that the White House ignored reports of the website’s problems. According to a report given to the White House months earlier, it was “found that the effort was at risk because of issues including ‘significant dependency on external parties/contractors,’ as well as ‘insufficient time and scope of end-to-end testing,’ and ‘parallel stacking of all phases,’ all predictions that have turned out to be accurate.”

The problems of the first day were an ominous warning of what was to be expected. The following months brought on new and challenging problems for the administration to tackle. The glitch-ridden website left millions of individuals and families in limbo and without healthcare. Data center outages stalled the registration process for millions. Security bugs left people’s personal information at risk for hackers.

The problems with the website went past a failed implementation process that left millions without healthcare. It has been and continues to be a huge financial burden on American taxpayers. Before the October 1, 2013 launch, Bloomberg found the cost to build healthcare.gov to be more than $1 billion. After a year of countless glitches and repairs, a new study found the new price tag for healthcare.gov to be $2.1 billion.

A year since its rollout, healthcare.gov continues to be plagued with the same problems taxpayers have spent $2.1 billion trying to fix. Security concerns continue to arise, families and individuals continue to be leftwithout healthcare due to glitches, and the cost to taxpayers continues to skyrocket.

Gary Peters, Mark Schauer and President Obama forced upon Michigan families one of the largest tax increases in U.S. history. That law didn’t receive a single Republican vote.

Today’s anniversary is not one of celebration. Instead, it is a grim reminder of the broken promises made by Gary Peters, Mark Schauer and President Obama. Michigan deserves better than a pair of rank-and-file Democrat politicians who will continue to hurt Michigan if given the opportunity.

Reunited and it feels so good: Mark Schauer and Jennifer Granholm

By Darren LittellLast Saturday, Michigan families saw Michigan’s Lost Decade architects reunited in support of Mark Schauer’s bid to be Michigan’s governor – in Florida.

The onetime Michigan Governor, Jennifer Granholm, and her onetime “superstar,” Mark Schauer, were special guests at a Democratic Governors Association fundraiser in Florida.

As you may remember, Gov. Granholm presided over one of Michigan’s toughest periods. With the help of her “go-to-guy,” they passed budgets that cut funding to K-12, higher education, college scholarships, day care, Corrections, Military & Veterans Affairs, the State Police, and Transportation departments.

Through their actions, Michigan saw higher unemployment, tax increases and burdensome regulations that stifled job creation. The intrusive and burdensome policy implemented by her administration, with the help of Mark Schauer, caused Michigan to lose over 300,000 jobs.

Once Granholm’s term was over, she didn’t waste any time getting out of the mess she helped create. Rather than stay and work in Michigan with the people she presided over for eight years, she fled the state. It’s hard to imagine that the one-time governor couldn’t find a job in the great state she was once in charge of.

Mark Schauer found himself out of a job when Michigan families booted him from Congress in November 2010 – they were tired of his failed leadership in the Legislature and in Washington.

Voters had had enough of Mark Schauer’s partisan rhetoric and dismal record. As a state legislator, he voted over 40 times to raise taxes on Michigan families – including one that specifically targeted bottled water.

As a Congressman, he supported trillions of dollars in failed legislation that increased the debt and expanded the size of the federal government — including President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law.

He even broke Michigan campaign finance law, which led the state to levy the biggest fine in state history on Mark Schauer.

Is it a coincidence that Mark Schauer and Jennifer Granholm met 3,000 miles from Michigan to garner support for Schauer?

Democrats, especially Schauer, know that Michigan families have not forgotten about the mess that the Lost Decade’s architects created.

Throughout the election, Schauer has campaigned on partisan rhetoric and misinformation in an attempt to avoid answering why he voted to increase taxes, why he keeps breaking the law, and why he lied about Obamacare.

In 2008, Mark Schauer famously said, “If our government or big corporations break the rules, they should be held accountable.”

While Schauer campaigns outside of Michigan to garner support for the campaign, Michigan families and the media will continue to ask the questions he continues to avoid and hold him accountable.

Michigan Democrats are Tainted by Corruption by Darren Littell

From money laundering schemes to public corruption scandals, Michigan’s Lost Decade reads like something straight out of Hollywood.

Just as we thought we had turned the page and moved forward past that difficult period, ex-Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick is back in the news. Kwame Kilpatrick is the poster child for the corruption that helped create the Lost Decade, but he wasn’t the only dirty politician caught red-handed.

Kilpatrick’s former chief of staff was found guilty of accepting a bribe and was sentenced to more than a year in federal prison. He was released in 2011, and promptly found work – back in politics – with a guy named Gary Peters.

Yep, Gary Peters, Michigan’s Democratic U.S. Senate candidate, decided that Kwame Kilpatrick’s former chief of staff was the right man for a taxpayer-funded position in his congressional office after serving one year in federal prison for accepting bribes.

In 2009, state officials levied a fine of more than $200,000 against Mark Schauer for breaking the law. It was the result of a scheme Schauer cooked up in 2006 to skirt Michigan’s campaign finance laws by laundering money through a PAC he established. This year, his campaign has already admitted to breaking campaign laws once, and is under investigation for two more violations.

Mark Schauer, you will recall, is the Democratic candidate for Governor — no, seriously, he’s Michigan’s Democrat candidate for governor.

Godfrey Dillard raised a lot of eyebrows across Michigan when he said that as Secretary of State he “would be able to change and influence elections in the state.”

The job of the Secretary of State is to enforce our laws and ensure a fair and transparent election process. Dillard’s comments make it clear that he’s not interested in enforcing our laws, but rather to “change and influence” them as he sees fit.

This is a troubling pattern that gets worse when you consider these are the people running for office right now. The culture of corruption continues with ex-Michigan Supreme Court Justice Diane Hathaway, Wayne County Executive Bob Ficano, State Rep. Brian Banks and others.

Schauer needs to answer questions on his various crimes, something he still has not done. Peters needs to answer why he essentially gave Kwame Kilpatrick’s partner in crime a job at taxpayer expense. These are the questions that demand answers. We need to hold them accountable now, or it will be deja vu all over again.

From now until Election Day, Michiganians will see an endless stream of political ads. With Terri Lynn Land gaining momentum, Democrats nationwide are hitting the panic button. Voters have gotten to know Land, and they like what they see.
Over the next four weeks, Congressman Gary Peters and his allies will spend nearly five million dollars on television ads in the attempt to save his campaign. $2.6 million of ads about Land are scheduled to run over the next three weeks, bought and paid for by the radical, California billionaire friend of Peters named Tom Steyer.
Steyer has pledged to spend $100 million this year to help Democrats maintain control of the U.S. Senate, and Michigan is one of his top targets. In return, Steyer expects Peters to get in line and support the job-killing policies he promotes, such as opposing the Keystone XL Pipeline and supporting cap-and-trade.
There is only one candidate running for U.S. Senate whose agenda will hurt Michiganians, and that candidate is Peters. He opposes policies that grow our economy, create jobs and ensure that the next generation is better off than we are.
To make matters worse, Peters’ campaign is based on falsehoods.
Peters claims to oppose outsourcing and offshoring American jobs after sending a lucrative Michigan contract overseas, voting for legislation and reserving earmarks for companies that outsource jobs and directly profiting from the practice of offshoring himself.
When Peters took to the streets with the Occupy Detroit movement a few years ago, he failed to mention he was an executive for two of Wall Street’s biggest banks, banks that participated in high-risk trading practices that caused the 2008 financial crisis, the very thing the movement was organized to protest. To make matters worse, the bank he marched on was actually a donor to his campaign.
Peters didn’t lose his house or his savings during the recession, because he built a small fortune while creating the crisis. He claimed to be “suffering like everybody else,” while sitting on a net worth of an estimated $426,000 – $2.5 million during the recession. According to Peters’ most recent personal financial disclosure his net-worth at the end of 2012 was valued at $970,000-$3.9 million. That is an increase of 55%-127% since the height of the recession.
The problem here isn’t Peters’ wealth, but that he was doing just fine during the recession. He only claimed to be “suffering” to garner votes.
Michiganians deserve better.

From now until Election Day, Michiganians will see an endless stream of political ads. With Terri Lynn Land gaining momentum, Democrats nationwide are hitting the panic button. Voters have gotten to know Land, and they like what they see.

Over the next four weeks, Congressman Gary Peters and his allies will spend nearly five million dollars on television ads in the attempt to save his campaign. $2.6 million of ads about Land are scheduled to run over the next three weeks, bought and paid for by the radical, California billionaire friend of Peters named Tom Steyer.

Steyer has pledged to spend $100 million this year to help Democrats maintain control of the U.S. Senate, and Michigan is one of his top targets. In return, Steyer expects Peters to get in line and support the job-killing policies he promotes, such as opposing the Keystone XL Pipeline and supporting cap-and-trade.

There is only one candidate running for U.S. Senate whose agenda will hurt Michiganians, and that candidate is Peters. He opposes policies that grow our economy, create jobs and ensure that the next generation is better off than we are.

To make matters worse, Peters’ campaign is based on falsehoods.

Peters claims to oppose outsourcing and offshoring American jobs after sending a lucrative Michigan contract overseas, voting for legislation and reserving earmarks for companies that outsource jobs and directly profiting from the practice of offshoring himself.

When Peters took to the streets with the Occupy Detroit movement a few years ago, he failed to mention he was an executive for two of Wall Street’s biggest banks, banks that participated in high-risk trading practices that caused the 2008 financial crisis, the very thing the movement was organized to protest. To make matters worse, the bank he marched on was actually a donor to his campaign.

Peters didn’t lose his house or his savings during the recession, because he built a small fortune while creating the crisis. He claimed to be “suffering like everybody else,” while sitting on a net worth of an estimated $426,000 – $2.5 million during the recession. According to Peters’ most recent personal financial disclosure his net-worth at the end of 2012 was valued at $970,000-$3.9 million. That is an increase of 55%-127% since the height of the recession.

The problem here isn’t Peters’ wealth, but that he was doing just fine during the recession. He only claimed to be “suffering” to garner votes.

Michiganians deserve better.

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.

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.

Michigan Republicans Ready to Continue MI’s Comeback

Last weekend, Michigan Republicans selected a slate of candidates who will keep Michigan on the right path to reinventing itself. After a decade of mismanagement and shortsighted policies of Democrats, our state once again has the opportunity to be the great state we know it can be.

Michigan Republicans showed folks around the state we are dedicated and united in continuing our state’s comeback.

As we elected candidates that will give Michigan the best opportunity to succeed, we saw how our base rallied behind one resounding theme: win in November. Through all of our differing ideas, we came together when it mattered the most and now our party is stronger than ever.

Republicans from all over the country came to this year’s convention to show their support of our party’s candidates. Mia Love, candidate for U.S. House of Representatives, Utah’s 4th Congressional District, kicked-off the convention by hosting a women’s forum focused on getting more women involved and supporting those running for office.

We also saw folks celebrate the accomplishments under Michigan Republicans.

Education spending is up, unemployment is down, businesses are opening up here in Michigan, our family and friends are coming home, and we’ve added more than 275,000 jobs.

Governor Snyder and Michigan Republicans have made extensive progress repairing the damage of Democrats’ Lost Decade in less than four years.

Michigan families can see and feel our accomplishments. Personal income is on the rise, more and better opportunities are available to the point that Michiganders no longer have to split up or move out of state to thrive.

Only by working together can we continue to move our state forward. With Republicans unified under one goal, Michigan has the talent and resources to make sure that we never go back to the failed policies of the Lost Decade.

Michigan deserves candidates who will represent our values and interests. Let us make sure we do that this November as we elect Michigan Republicans into office.

Schauer campaign: the law is “frivolous and meritless”
By Darren Littell - Michigan families recently saw yet another example of the culture of low character stemming from Mark Schauer’s campaign for governor. This latest example of delinquency reinforces the lengths Mark Schauer will go to in order to win – even if it means breaking the law.
Kim Jorns, executive director of the Michigan Republican Party, filed a complaint against Schauer’s running mate, Lisa Brown, last week for failing to form an official candidate committee 10 days after joining the ticket.
Brown’s “oversight on the law’s requirements turned heads, given her current role as Oakland County’s chief elections officer. Does Lisa Brown understand the law she was elected to enforce or did she purposely ignore the law?
In response to the allegation, the Schauer campaign called the complaint “frivolous and meritless.”
While it is understandable that political parties will have differing views on a variety of issues, there is a consensus that following the rule of law is neither frivolous nor meritless.
Democrats’ history of disregarding the rule of law is well documented. Democratic ally and donor, the Service Employees International Union, (SEIU) received the second-highest fine in Michigan history for breaking campaign finance law.
According to the Michigan’s Secretary of State Office, SEIU illegally funneled over $9 million dollars to two non-profit organizations to support the passage of a state proposal that would have required the Michigan health care workers to unionize.
In a blatant disregard for Michigan’s campaign finance law, SEIU’s contributions were not reported until after the proposal had been defeated in November 2012.
For their bold action to purposely conceal donations and failing to report in an appropriate manner, SEIU was handed down a fine somewhere north of $200,000.
However, the award for the biggest campaign finance violation was awarded to Mark Schauer in 2009 for breaking Michigan’s camping finance law for political gain.
In an effort to help Democratic state candidates get elected in 2006, Mark Schauer purposely skirted the law by accepting illegal campaign donations that were in excess of the $20,000 per-person legal limit – $187,000 which came from Schauer’s own campaign committee.
After it was all said and done, Mark Schauer admitted to 22 violations and was forced to pay a total of $208,250 – the largest in Michigan’s history.
SEIU and Schauer have had a cozy relationship for many years and they both seem to support each other’s willingness to break the law for short-term political gain.
Mark Schauer has made it clear that he will do and say anything to win – even if it means breaking the law.
Lisa Brown’s latest shenanigans are just another example of Democrats’ total lack of regard for the rule of law. It also begs the question of what else the Schauer/Brown campaign is hiding from Michigan families.
Michigan families need leaders that follow and respect the rule of law, not career politicians who believe they are above it. Schauer’s record is stained with shortsighted partisan choices that pander to special interest groups. If given the opportunity, Schauer will bring back the same environment that thrived during the Lost Decade.
Mark Schauer has a habit of breaking things; it’s simply what he does. Michigan deserves better. We need leaders that will stand up for our interests and our laws.

Schauer campaign: the law is “frivolous and meritless”

By Darren Littell - Michigan families recently saw yet another example of the culture of low character stemming from Mark Schauer’s campaign for governor. This latest example of delinquency reinforces the lengths Mark Schauer will go to in order to win – even if it means breaking the law.

Kim Jorns, executive director of the Michigan Republican Party, filed a complaint against Schauer’s running mate, Lisa Brown, last week for failing to form an official candidate committee 10 days after joining the ticket.

Brown’s “oversight on the law’s requirements turned heads, given her current role as Oakland County’s chief elections officer. Does Lisa Brown understand the law she was elected to enforce or did she purposely ignore the law?

In response to the allegation, the Schauer campaign called the complaint “frivolous and meritless.”

While it is understandable that political parties will have differing views on a variety of issues, there is a consensus that following the rule of law is neither frivolous nor meritless.

Democrats’ history of disregarding the rule of law is well documented. Democratic ally and donor, the Service Employees International Union, (SEIU) received the second-highest fine in Michigan history for breaking campaign finance law.

According to the Michigan’s Secretary of State Office, SEIU illegally funneled over $9 million dollars to two non-profit organizations to support the passage of a state proposal that would have required the Michigan health care workers to unionize.

In a blatant disregard for Michigan’s campaign finance law, SEIU’s contributions were not reported until after the proposal had been defeated in November 2012.

For their bold action to purposely conceal donations and failing to report in an appropriate manner, SEIU was handed down a fine somewhere north of $200,000.

However, the award for the biggest campaign finance violation was awarded to Mark Schauer in 2009 for breaking Michigan’s camping finance law for political gain.

In an effort to help Democratic state candidates get elected in 2006, Mark Schauer purposely skirted the law by accepting illegal campaign donations that were in excess of the $20,000 per-person legal limit – $187,000 which came from Schauer’s own campaign committee.

After it was all said and done, Mark Schauer admitted to 22 violations and was forced to pay a total of $208,250 – the largest in Michigan’s history.

SEIU and Schauer have had a cozy relationship for many years and they both seem to support each other’s willingness to break the law for short-term political gain.

Mark Schauer has made it clear that he will do and say anything to win – even if it means breaking the law.

Lisa Brown’s latest shenanigans are just another example of Democrats’ total lack of regard for the rule of law. It also begs the question of what else the Schauer/Brown campaign is hiding from Michigan families.

Michigan families need leaders that follow and respect the rule of law, not career politicians who believe they are above it. Schauer’s record is stained with shortsighted partisan choices that pander to special interest groups. If given the opportunity, Schauer will bring back the same environment that thrived during the Lost Decade.

Mark Schauer has a habit of breaking things; it’s simply what he does. Michigan deserves better. We need leaders that will stand up for our interests and our laws.