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.

Michigan’s Ingenuity Moves Us Forward

By Darren Littell

Last week, we found out Michigan added over 275,000 private sector jobs since 2011. This was a surprise to no one who knows Michigan or the work ethic of Michiganians.

We saw our ingenuity during the early 1900’s as Michigan gave birth to an industrial age that forever changed our state and the world. Through the hard work, talent, and dedication of Michiganians like Henry Ford, we became a beacon of light and an example of American ingenuity.

Our state and its citizens prospered for many decades. Our population grew, new industries emerged, and our economy thrived. Folks from around the world came to Michigan to take advantage of the opportunity we had created.

Gov. Rick Snyder and Michigan Republicans are once again giving Michigan an opportunity to reinvent itself and again become the great state we all know it can be.

Since Snyder took office less than four years ago, he’s created an environment that is incentivizing business investment in Michigan.

A few months ago we saw the total capital under management among Michigan-based firms increase by 45% since 2009. Entrepreneurs and businesses see an opportunity in our state and are betting on Michigan to succeed.

In February, Snyder announced a $20 million business initiative that will focus on creating jobs and economic growth in Detroit. The program focuses on creating opportunity for Michiganians who want to open a small business and help grow the economy.

Michigan Republicans are not only implementing policies that encourage innovation throughout the state, we’re also putting forth policies that invest in families. Through programs like the Michigan Advanced Technician Training (MAT²), Republicans are working to help bridge the skills gap through training and educating.

Just last month, we saw Michigan add 4,500 manufacturing jobs in May – more than any other state in the nation.

By eliminating the Democrats’ short-sighted, job-killing taxes and burdensome regulations that hurt businesses, we’ve set our state’s fiscal house in order and are on the path to once again re-invent ourselves.

We’ve created opportunities for all Michiganians. By regulating less and innovating more, we are seeing personal income grow and more people working.

Michigan saw the failed and irresponsible policies of the Democrats’ Lost Decade hurt Michigan’s economy, talent and resources. As folks were losing their jobs and leaving our state for better economic environments, Democrats focused on partisan policies that catered to special interest groups. Michigan lost 600,000 jobs and unemployment skyrocketed to 14.2% during this time.

Now is Michigan’s time. Michigan’s comeback has only begun, and by working together with the right leadership we will triumph once again.

Michigan Republicans have Moved the State Forward
by Darren Littell: Today is an exciting day for Michiganians across the state as we exercise our right to vote.
For almost four years, Michigan Republicans have been working hard to undo the failed policies of the Democrats’ Lost Decade, the 2000s. Their hard work and dedication have made Michigan the comeback state.
Irresponsible and shortsighted policies under Democrats created an uncertainty that hurt business, our economy and the pocket book of thousands of Michigan families.
They catered to special interest groups and promoted an unfriendly businessenvironment that burdened Michiganians.
As special interest groups lined their pockets with taxpayer money, thousands of families were left behind.
In 2011 when Michigan Republicans came into office, we took the problems head on rather than kicking the can down the road.
From education to agriculture, Republicans addressed the underlying issues in a responsible and efficient manner.
Education spending is up, unemployment is at its lowest in six years, businesses are opening shop right here in Michigan, our family and friends are coming home, and we’ve added more than 250,000 jobs.
Gov. Rick Snyder and the Legislature put forth a plan that properly addressed Detroit’s decades-long problems.
Detroit is now on a path that will allow it to be the great city it once was.
Now, Mark Schauer, Gary Peters and Michigan Democrats want to take us back to the days of the Lost Decade. We can’t afford to throw away all of our hard work just to go back to higher taxes, oppressive regulations, and partisan politics.
Michigan has made an incredible comeback since Republicans took office. Through all the bumps and setbacks, Michigan families stuck together and forged on.
Tonight, we will continue to focus on working together to elect commonsense conservatives that will keep us moving forward.
Michigan has a strong and vibrant Republican Party. Our party has grown stronger and more unified because of the diversity of our members and ideas.
Through an open dialogue, we’ve addressed a variety of issues within our party in a thoughtful and open manner.
Michigan is a great and beautiful state, and Michigan Republicans are ready and excited to continue our state’s comeback.

Michigan Republicans have Moved the State Forward

by Darren LittellToday is an exciting day for Michiganians across the state as we exercise our right to vote.

For almost four years, Michigan Republicans have been working hard to undo the failed policies of the Democrats’ Lost Decade, the 2000s. Their hard work and dedication have made Michigan the comeback state.

Irresponsible and shortsighted policies under Democrats created an uncertainty that hurt business, our economy and the pocket book of thousands of Michigan families.

They catered to special interest groups and promoted an unfriendly businessenvironment that burdened Michiganians.

As special interest groups lined their pockets with taxpayer money, thousands of families were left behind.

In 2011 when Michigan Republicans came into office, we took the problems head on rather than kicking the can down the road.

From education to agriculture, Republicans addressed the underlying issues in a responsible and efficient manner.

Education spending is up, unemployment is at its lowest in six years, businesses are opening shop right here in Michigan, our family and friends are coming home, and we’ve added more than 250,000 jobs.

Gov. Rick Snyder and the Legislature put forth a plan that properly addressed Detroit’s decades-long problems.

Detroit is now on a path that will allow it to be the great city it once was.

Now, Mark Schauer, Gary Peters and Michigan Democrats want to take us back to the days of the Lost Decade. We can’t afford to throw away all of our hard work just to go back to higher taxes, oppressive regulations, and partisan politics.

Michigan has made an incredible comeback since Republicans took office. Through all the bumps and setbacks, Michigan families stuck together and forged on.

Tonight, we will continue to focus on working together to elect commonsense conservatives that will keep us moving forward.

Michigan has a strong and vibrant Republican Party. Our party has grown stronger and more unified because of the diversity of our members and ideas.

Through an open dialogue, we’ve addressed a variety of issues within our party in a thoughtful and open manner.

Michigan is a great and beautiful state, and Michigan Republicans are ready and excited to continue our state’s comeback.

Mark Schauer has little to show for his 17 years as a career politician. His “do as I say, not as I do” attitude has hurt Michigan families for years.

At a democratic meeting earlier this year, Mark Schauer was asked about his feelings toward voting in another party’s primary in order to undermine the system and elect a ‘weaker’ candidate. Schauer discouraged this ‘cross-ballot voting’ practice, saying, “I don’t recommend it.”

Michigan Democrat Party Chairman Lon Johnson and several other Democrat leaders have also discouraged their ranks from cross-ballot voting on different occasions.

Given Schauer’s comments on the issue, many were confused last week when he admitted he voted in Michigan’s 2012 GOP Presidential Primary. While it is not clear whom he backed, some speculate it was most likely Rick Santorum in an effort to undermine Michigan’s GOP primary voters because, he said, there was “nothing to vote for on the Democrat side.”

This begs the question; will Mark Schauer vote in the GOP primary August 5th because he is running unopposed on the Democrat side? Also, where are the Democrat officials who condemn this type of behavior and why aren’t they admonishing Mark Schauer for his antics?

When pressed, Schauer casually replied that he does not like to miss an opportunity to vote.

Unless it’s his job to vote.

In 2008, during Mark Schauer’s last year as a State Senator, he was criticized for missing more votes than all other lawmakers in his area of the state.

A year earlier Mark Schauer was kicked off the Campaign & Election Oversight Committee for skipping too many meetings.

Schauer’s tendency to skip out on the job he was elected to do didn’t stop in the state legislature. His first year in Congress, Schauer was caught leaving a Transportation and Infrastructure Committee hearing to attend a fundraiser with lobbyists and union bosses.

Schauer’s latest hypocrisy only compounds the credibility problem that has plagued him throughout his career. The few supporters that he’s managed to mislead are now having second thoughts about where he would lead Michigan if given the chance.

Mark Schauer has had ample time to prove himself to Michigan. Yet, he’s squandered that opportunity by dodging questions, refusing to reveal his plan and choosing special interests over Michigan families.

This latest example of Mark Schauer’s “do as I say not as I do” attitude was a hallmark of the Lost Decade, and it’s additional evidence that he would use the same playbook that brought us the Lost Decade if given the chance.

The problem is we don’t know when Mark Schauer is giving us the whole truth, and when he’s trying to undermine something as important as voting. When the full truth is revealed, we don’t know if Mark Schauer is being honest, or if he’s saying something that ‘sounds good’ to try and gloss over his first lie. We can’t afford a politician who treats us this way, and this November Michiganders will make that loud and clear.

The Unlikely Couple: Gary Peters and Elizabeth Warren
By Darren Littell - I was puzzled, along with many others, when Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren endorsed Gary Peters and decided to stump for him based on their polar opposite views of Wall Street.
Gary Peters was an executive for two of Wall Street’s biggest banks – Merrill Lynch and UBS PaineWebber—for over two decades. Those same banks participated in the same high-risk trading practices that led to the last financial crisis. Peters’ last gig before kicking off his political career was as a Vice President of Investments.
Gary Peters has been a member of the Financial Services Committee since arriving in Washington, DC. During his time on the committee, he has attempted to paint himself as a champion for middle-class families against big Wall Street banks. In reality, Gary Peters has failed to represent Michigan families, and has instead focused on taking care of himself by representing his friends on Wall Street.
During Peters’ 2008 Congressional bid, his disclosed assets were valued at $426,000 to $2.5 million. That’s not bad for spending 22 years as a Wall Street banker.
Fast forward to his most recent personal financial disclosure and his assets jumped to $970,000 to $3.9 million – an increase of 55% to 127%.
The Washington Post also listed Peters as one of the “wealthier and more financially aggressive” members of Congress.
Furthermore, his financial records show he invested heavily in financial firms during this period. In fact, a 2007 financial disclosure statement reveals Peters investments in 14 financial banks that received TARP money from the federal government.
Peters claims he was repulsed by the behavior of the Wall Street banks, but omits the fact that’s how he made his living for years. If you look at his investment portfolio, you would never guess that though. While middle-class families were suffering, Gary Peters was growing his personal bank account by cashing in on his investments in the Wall Street banks America was bailing out.
Gary Peters’ campaign account also grew from Wall Street contributions while he demonized their actions. According to FEC records, Peters received campaign contributions from four Wall Street banks which received $10 million or more in bailout money.
Given Peters’ investments and campaign contributions from Wall Street, it’s apparent he had an interest in making sure they continued to be profitable.
Which is why so many are puzzled that Sen. Warren overlooked all these facts and more, and stood side by side with Gary Peters.
In virtually every instance, Peters has failed to represent the interest of Michiganders and has instead opted to side with the interests of big Wall Street banks.
Liberal blog Daily Kos pondered, “…close your eyes, imagine Elizabeth Warren facing down banksters, with subpoena power.”
Gary Peters is that ‘bankster,’ but rather than confront him on his long history as a Wall Street banker, she stood by his side and looked the other way. Fortunately, we know the truth about Gary Peters, and we have a chance to hold him accountable this fall.

The Unlikely Couple: Gary Peters and Elizabeth Warren

By Darren Littell - I was puzzled, along with many others, when Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren endorsed Gary Peters and decided to stump for him based on their polar opposite views of Wall Street.

Gary Peters was an executive for two of Wall Street’s biggest banks – Merrill Lynch and UBS PaineWebber—for over two decades. Those same banks participated in the same high-risk trading practices that led to the last financial crisis. Peters’ last gig before kicking off his political career was as a Vice President of Investments.

Gary Peters has been a member of the Financial Services Committee since arriving in Washington, DC. During his time on the committee, he has attempted to paint himself as a champion for middle-class families against big Wall Street banks. In reality, Gary Peters has failed to represent Michigan families, and has instead focused on taking care of himself by representing his friends on Wall Street.

During Peters’ 2008 Congressional bid, his disclosed assets were valued at $426,000 to $2.5 million. That’s not bad for spending 22 years as a Wall Street banker.

Fast forward to his most recent personal financial disclosure and his assets jumped to $970,000 to $3.9 million – an increase of 55% to 127%.

The Washington Post also listed Peters as one of the “wealthier and more financially aggressive” members of Congress.

Furthermore, his financial records show he invested heavily in financial firms during this period. In fact, a 2007 financial disclosure statement reveals Peters investments in 14 financial banks that received TARP money from the federal government.

Peters claims he was repulsed by the behavior of the Wall Street banks, but omits the fact that’s how he made his living for years. If you look at his investment portfolio, you would never guess that though. While middle-class families were suffering, Gary Peters was growing his personal bank account by cashing in on his investments in the Wall Street banks America was bailing out.

Gary Peters’ campaign account also grew from Wall Street contributions while he demonized their actions. According to FEC records, Peters received campaign contributions from four Wall Street banks which received $10 million or more in bailout money.

Given Peters’ investments and campaign contributions from Wall Street, it’s apparent he had an interest in making sure they continued to be profitable.

Which is why so many are puzzled that Sen. Warren overlooked all these facts and more, and stood side by side with Gary Peters.

In virtually every instance, Peters has failed to represent the interest of Michiganders and has instead opted to side with the interests of big Wall Street banks.

Liberal blog Daily Kos pondered, “…close your eyes, imagine Elizabeth Warren facing down banksters, with subpoena power.”

Gary Peters is that ‘bankster,’ but rather than confront him on his long history as a Wall Street banker, she stood by his side and looked the other way. Fortunately, we know the truth about Gary Peters, and we have a chance to hold him accountable this fall.

Peters, Schauer aid Obama’s wasteful behavior
BY DARREN LITTELL - Last week, the Government Accountability Office released a report estimating that in 2013 over $107 billion dollars were improperly paid out by federal agencies. To make matters worse, auditors say reporting errors by many federal agencies means that number will likely increase.
Since President Barack Obama came into office, the federal government has made nearly $500 billion in improper payments. In order to curb wasteful spending, Congress passed the Improper Payments Information Act of 2002 to identify erroneous payments by government agencies and to improve the integrity and efficiency of government programs.
Since its inception, the average dollar amount of improper payments from 2002 to 2008 was approximately $35.69 billion. The average dollar amount of improper payments under the Obama administration is approximately $112.68 billion – over three times the amount from the previous six years.
Gary Peters and Mark Schauer have contributed to the increase in government waste by voting with President Obama over 90% of the time. Both Peters and Schauer championed tax-and-spend legislation such as the Wall Street bailout, the failed stimulus plan, cap-and-trade scheme and this administration’s signature legislation, Obamacare.
One of the most notable examples of waste, fraud and abuse of taxpayer money was the 2009 Solyndra scandal that resulted the loss of 1,100 jobs, bankruptcy and the squandering of $527 million of our tax dollars.
Unfortunately, the Solyndra scandal is nickels-and-dimes compared to Obamacare. The glitch-ridden website, along with the costs to fix it, was a whopping $834 million of taxpayer money. Last month former Congressional Budget Office director Douglas Holtz-Eakin testified before Congress that the mismanagement and lack of oversight in Obamacare could result in overpaying insurance subsidies by as much as $152 billion over 10 years. “The administration has failed to build a system that allows for the protection of subsidy beneficiaries or for the taxpayers funding those subsidies,” said Holtz-Eakin.
Peters and Schauer have rubberstamped nearly every piece of tax-and-spend legislation Democratic leaders asked them to, regardless of how it hurt Michigan’s economy. 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.
It doesn’t seem that Gary Peters or Mark Schauer have ever been interested in representing the interests of Michigan families. Throughout their political careers, they have been out to further their own interests and those of Washington Democrats when given the opportunity. Their records clearly illustrate that they will continue their tax-and-spend agenda if elected again this November.
Gary Peters and Mark Schauer want your vote this November, but given their record, we can’t afford to do that.

Peters, Schauer aid Obama’s wasteful behavior

BY  - Last week, the Government Accountability Office released a report estimating that in 2013 over $107 billion dollars were improperly paid out by federal agencies. To make matters worse, auditors say reporting errors by many federal agencies means that number will likely increase.

Since President Barack Obama came into office, the federal government has made nearly $500 billion in improper payments. In order to curb wasteful spending, Congress passed the Improper Payments Information Act of 2002 to identify erroneous payments by government agencies and to improve the integrity and efficiency of government programs.

Since its inception, the average dollar amount of improper payments from 2002 to 2008 was approximately $35.69 billion. The average dollar amount of improper payments under the Obama administration is approximately $112.68 billion – over three times the amount from the previous six years.

Gary Peters and Mark Schauer have contributed to the increase in government waste by voting with President Obama over 90% of the time. Both Peters and Schauer championed tax-and-spend legislation such as the Wall Street bailout, the failed stimulus plan, cap-and-trade scheme and this administration’s signature legislation, Obamacare.

One of the most notable examples of waste, fraud and abuse of taxpayer money was the 2009 Solyndra scandal that resulted the loss of 1,100 jobs, bankruptcy and the squandering of $527 million of our tax dollars.

Unfortunately, the Solyndra scandal is nickels-and-dimes compared to Obamacare. The glitch-ridden website, along with the costs to fix it, was a whopping $834 million of taxpayer money. Last month former Congressional Budget Office director Douglas Holtz-Eakin testified before Congress that the mismanagement and lack of oversight in Obamacare could result in overpaying insurance subsidies by as much as $152 billion over 10 years. “The administration has failed to build a system that allows for the protection of subsidy beneficiaries or for the taxpayers funding those subsidies,” said Holtz-Eakin.

Peters and Schauer have rubberstamped nearly every piece of tax-and-spend legislation Democratic leaders asked them to, regardless of how it hurt Michigan’s economy. 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.

It doesn’t seem that Gary Peters or Mark Schauer have ever been interested in representing the interests of Michigan families. Throughout their political careers, they have been out to further their own interests and those of Washington Democrats when given the opportunity. Their records clearly illustrate that they will continue their tax-and-spend agenda if elected again this November.

Gary Peters and Mark Schauer want your vote this November, but given their record, we can’t afford to do that.