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FACT CHECK: Contrary to Republican Claims, Yes, Snyder Spies Do Use Fake Names And Are Trained to Do So
Jul. 24th 2014
Terri Lynn Land’s $1.5 Million in Personal Assets Don’t Cover $3 Million in Self-Funding
Jul. 24th 2014
MDP Chair Calls for State & Federal Audits of Terri Lynn Land’s Finances & Business Record
Jul. 24th 2014
Mizzou not Michigan: Terri Lynn Land Stands With Senator Blunt’s Anti-Women Push
Jul. 22nd 2014
Terri Lynn Land’s Cash Firesale Looks To Get Rid of Questioned Campaign Funds
Jul. 22nd 2014
Pressure Mounting: Terri Lynn Land is Potentially Self-Funding Illegally Or Lied On Her Disclosure Forms
Jul. 21st 2014
MDP Chair: Latest Political Ad Attacking Mark Schauer "The Height of Hypocrisy"
Jul. 18th 2014
What’s Terri Lynn Land Hiding In Her Land and Co. Experience?
Jul. 18th 2014
Detroit Free Press: Terri Lynn Land Potentially Illegally Self-Funding $3 Million in Land and Co. Money
Jul. 17th 2014
Terri Lynn Land’s Pledge to Michigan
Jul. 17th 2014
Terri Lynn Land Would Block Senate Bill to Keep Employers Out Of Health Care Decisions
Jul. 16th 2014
Detroit Clerk Winfrey Announces Online Application Process for Absentee Ballots
Jul. 16th 2014
Terri Lynn Land Still Refuses to Clarify Net Neutrality Position
Jul. 15th 2014
Day 2: Snyder, Land Still Hiding from Michigan Voters
Jul. 15th 2014
Two Weeks Later: Terri Lynn Land Refuses to Answer Whether She Will Deny Contraception to Employees
Jul. 14th 2014
Snyder, Land Still Hiding from Michigan Voters
Jul. 14th 2014
Questions Mount: Terri Lynn Land Pays Less than 3% Tax Rate While Spending $3 Million to Self-Fund Her Campaign
Jul. 14th 2014
Terri Lynn Land Self-Funds a Third of Her Campaign While Using Mitt Romney’s Secretive Tax Strategy
Jul. 11th 2014
Terri Lynn Land Becomes Top Self-Funding Republican in Country By Funneling Nearly $3 Million From Land & Co. to Campaign
Jul. 10th 2014
Why is Terri Lynn Land Afraid of Revealing How Much Money Land and Co. Is Funneling to Her Campaign?
Jul. 9th 2014

FACT CHECK: Contrary to Republican Claims, Yes, Snyder Spies Do Use Fake Names And Are Trained to Do So
Jul. 24th 2014

Michigan Democrats today released photo evidence that contrary to Republicans' claims on the record, Republicans were systematically trained to misrepresent their identity and intentions in order to gain entry to Democratic Party events.

CLAIM: MRP spokesman to MLive's Fritz Klug: "It's not like they snuck in and tried to misrepresent themselves."

FACT: That's exactly what Snyder's operatives do. MRP deputy research director John M. Howting, the leader of Gov. Snyder's spy ring, and other Republican staffers and interns attended multiple Democratic events using alter egos and fake names. 

FACT: GOP spy training videos show a pattern and a practice of young operatives being trained to misrepresent themselves.

"Republican Gov. Snyder should answer for his Party's activities and explain whether he or his campaign is directing party operatives to use fake names and misrepresent themselves in order to spy on his opponents" said Lon Johnson, Michigan Democratic Party Chair. "There's nothing new about trackers attending public events, but Snyder and Republicans are taking things to extreme levels, wearing secret spy glasses, using fake names, pretending to be reporters, using alter egos and tripping up on their own fancy spyware technology. Now their spokesman is caught in a lie about operatives being systematically trained to misrepresent themselves.  Isn't it just time to come clean?"

"I want Gov. Snyder and Republicans to know that Republicans are welcome to attend our events, but there's no need for them to use fake names, misrepresent themselves and wear spy glasses as part of their secret spy program," said Judy Daubenmier, Livingston County Democratic Party Chair. "Rather than sneaking around in the corners, I would give them a place on the agenda where they can explain why Gov. Snyder and Republicans raised taxes on seniors and families and cut education, because the Governor sure hasn't." 

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Terri Lynn Land’s $1.5 Million in Personal Assets Don’t Cover $3 Million in Self-Funding
Jul. 24th 2014

Land Hidden Account Doesn't Cover Self-Funding, Still Hiding 2013 Disclosures

LANSING – After failing to meet basic ethics and disclosure requirements, former Republican National Committeewoman Terri Lynn Land Land still cannot explain where her $3 million in self-funding is coming from, and didn't even file an update to her 2013 disclosure form. Land is still hiding her business experience and Land & Company profits that she’s funneling to her campaign. 

The Detroit Free Press revealed today that, “Nearly two weeks after first contacting her campaign on the subject, officials still haven’t told the Free Press what other assets — presumably those controlled solely by [her husband, Daniel] Hibma — were converted to cash and placed into the account for her use.”

What is worse is the Free Press said, “Election law experts contacted previously by the Free Press indicated that by not revealing the source of the funds, Land — who for eight years as Michigan’s secretary of state enforced election laws — was raising doubts about her transparency. In Washington, Republican lawyer Jan Baran said if there was no previous history of a candidate’s spouse moving funds into such a joint account before a campaign, it could potentially constitute a violation of the contribution limit.”

Michigan Democratic Party Chair Lon Johnson today called for a Federal Election Commission (FEC) investigation into whether Land broke the law by self-funding $3 million to her campaign without having $3 million in her own assets. He also called for a State of Michigan investigation into her business experience and whether she lied about working for Land & Co. by listing herself as “owner” of Land & Co. at least 15 times on donations she made to her 2002 Secretary of State campaign. Hibma was campaign treasurer and owner of Land & Co. at the time.

The Free Press notes that “What’s far less clear, however, is why so much of Land and Hibma’s wealth is controlled solely by him — she even filed separate tax returns the last two years — and she has distanced herself, on those returns and her financial disclosures, from Land & Co.” Land is hiding her business experience working for Land & Co., that's given her the resources to become one of the top self-funders in the country.

"After failing to meet basic disclosure law and hiding her millions, Terri Lynn Land still can’t explain where she’s getting the $3 million she's already spent on her campaign. She still reports only having $1.5 million in her personal accounts," said Kevin McAlister, MDP Senior Communications Advisor. "As Michigan’s former Secretary of State and top elections official, Land should know better, but she seems to think that that the rules don't apply to her. Michiganders want answers about Land’s finances and business experience, but all they’re getting from Terri Lynn Land is more secrets and deception.”

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MDP Chair Calls for State & Federal Audits of Terri Lynn Land’s Finances & Business Record
Jul. 24th 2014

Either Land Lied about Her Business Experience or She Lied to the State of Michigan about Her Role in Land & Company

Land Also Potentially Funneled $3 Million in Land & Company Profits to Campaign Illegally 

LANSING - Independent news reports have raised questions as to the legality and ethics of Terri Lynn Land’s business experience over 20 years and self-financing in her current campaign for U.S. Senate. The Detroit News revealed that Ms. Land listed herself as owner of her family’s business, Land & Company, on 15 campaign donations she made to her Secretary of State campaign. The Detroit Free Press reported that Land is potentially funneling $3 million from her husband's Land & Co. profits to her campaign illegally.

Regrettably, Ms. Land has refused to answer questions or rectify this controversy. Despite serving as Michigan’s highest election official, it appears she failed to comply with both state and federal election law. Land has yet to explain why she listed herself as an owner of Land & Co. but denies ever working for the company. At the time, her husband was both campaign treasurer and Land & Co. owner, and would have known whether Land was working at Land & Co. 

Today, Michigan Democratic Party Chair Lon Johnson called for state and federal audits of former Republican National Committeewoman Terri Lynn Land’s business experience and self-funding.

Johnson called for two investigations: 

  • One to the State of Michigan calling for an investigation into 15 donations Land made as owner of Land & Co. to her Secretary of State campaign. At the time, Land’s husband, Daniel Hibma, was treasurer of her Secretary of State campaign and owner of Land & Co. Ms. Land is now saying that she had no ties to Land & Company. Either she lied to the people of Michigan about her business experience or lied to the State of Michigan about her ownership of Land & Company.
  • The second to the Federal Election Commission (FEC) calling for an investigation into whether Land broke the law by self-funding $2.9 million to her campaign without having $2.9 million in her own assets.

Independent experts have raised that Land may have violated both state and federal election law. 

The Detroit News reports that Rich Robinson, the executive director of the Michigan Campaign Finance Network questioned how Land could deny ever working for Land & Co. and blame donations where she’s listed as an employee of Land & Co. Per Robinson, "I would be very surprised if any campaign record keeper would list an occupation that wasn't provided by the donor," Robinson said. Frank Beckmann from 760 WJR said that he couldn't believe Land is denying her business experience at Land & Co., saying, “I have no idea why Terri Lynn Land doesn’t say I worked, I was an executive in my family’s company. I don’t get it. I don't understand why. I think she should. It makes no sense. I don’t understand her whole campaign quite frankly.” 

If Land did lie about working for Land & Co., she could face a civil fine of up to $1,000 and reimburse the Secretary of State for all expenses from the audit.

The Detroit Free Press first reported that Land doesn't have enough assets that would give her the ability to self-fund $2.9 million legally. Land could have used her husband's Land & Co. money, but that would break the law because he can only donate $5,200 total. Paul Ryan, senior counsel with the Campaign Legal Center, told the Free Press, "If a noncandidate spouse gives money to a candidate spouse to influence that candidate’s election, it’s subject to contribution limit. This raises a red flag for me. A candidate suddenly coming into possession of several million dollars raises questions for me.” If Land violated campaign finance law, she could face a civil penalty of as much as $5.8 million, which is twice the amount of the excessive contribution of $2.9 million minus the $5,200 legally permissible contribution.

“Since Terri Lynn Land refuses to answer questions about her controversial and potentially illegal Land & Co. finances, the only way for Michiganders to know the truth is through investigations by the State of Michigan and Federal Election Commission,” said Lon Johnson, Michigan Democratic Party Chair. "As a former top elections official, Ms. Land should know better, but as a candidate to replace Carl Levin, she should be following the basic letter of the law that's required. Sadly, Ms. Land doesn't think the rules apply to her so we are left with no choice than to pursue a full accounting and investigation of her finances at the state and federal level. Every day she continues to hide the truth about her finances and business experience for Land & Co. is another day that Michiganders can't trust her to follow the laws on the books.”

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Mizzou not Michigan: Terri Lynn Land Stands With Senator Blunt’s Anti-Women Push
Jul. 22nd 2014

Land Grabs Cash from the GOP Poster Child for Denying Mammograms and Preventative Care; Continues Support  for Allowing Employers to Make Health Decisions, Refuses to Answer Whether She Will Deny Contraception Coverage

LANSING - Terri Lynn Land is fundraising with Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO) today reaffirming her support to go even farther than the Hobby Lobby decision. The Blunt amendment would allow employers to deny coverage for mammograms and preventative care in addition to contraception. 

Land's D.C. fundraiser today is the latest example of Land's campaign secrecy. Politico reported this week that Land refused to state her position on the Blunt amendment. Land previously tried to hide her support for the Hobby Lobby ruling and "rape insurance" law in Michigan. She still refuses to say whether she will provide contraception coverage to her employees. 

Blunt’s amendment is so extreme that former Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown recently said his support for it “cost me the election” against now-Senator Warren but he would support it again. The bill ultimately failed.

"Terri Lynn Land has once again turned her back on Michigan women to cash in with Senator Blunt and push an extreme agenda that lets corporations deny coverage for mammograms," said Kevin McAlister, MDP Senior Communications Advisor. "Land already supports letting corporations discriminate against woman by denying them contraception coverage and would outlaw abortion without exception. Now, Land campaigns for cash with Sen. Blunt, a man that wants to turn back the clock on women, but has no time to explain any of her positions, discuss debates, or even hold public campaign events and interact with Michiganders. The truth is she supports expanding an employer’s control over his employees’ health care, which is why Michiganders don’t trust Ms. Land to put them first."

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Terri Lynn Land’s Cash Firesale Looks To Get Rid of Questioned Campaign Funds
Jul. 22nd 2014

Land Facing Serious Accusations of Potentially Self-Funding $3 Million Illegally 

LANSING - It’s official: Terri Lynn Land is throwing a firesale to get rid of millions in questionable campaign funds. Down in the last ten polls, she’s out with a new attack ad, and hoping she won’t have to answer questions about the $3 million she’s potentially self-funding illegally. Land refuses to answer serious allegations reported in the Detroit Free Press that she either lied on her financial disclosure forms, or is potentially funneling money to her campaign illegally.

Land is one of the top self-funders in the country and is funding one-third of her total campaign. Now, she’s resorting to quickly spending millions so the tainted money isn’t in her campaign coffers. She has loaned herself $2.9 million in questionably legal personal or business funds, which happens to be nearly exactly the amount of money she has spent on television.

The Free Press notes that this is particularly indefensible given Land “for two terms as Michigan’s secretary of state oversaw the enforcement of election laws.” In 2005 she even told the Free Press “Openness and accountability are the foundations of a healthy political process."

"Terri Lynn Land is throwing a firesale to get rid of potentially illegal money and hopes that she won’t have to answer any questions about whether she broke the law," said Kevin McAlister, MDP Senior Communications Advisor. "Land will do anything to avoid answering serious questions about whether she illegally self-funded $3 million from her family business, Land and Company. Michiganders simply don’t trust Land, because instead of holding public campaign events and agreeing to debate, she dumps her questionable cash and hides her business experience that gave her the resources to self-fund in the first place."

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Pressure Mounting: Terri Lynn Land is Potentially Self-Funding Illegally Or Lied On Her Disclosure Forms
Jul. 21st 2014

Land Potentially Self-Funded $3 Million Illegally and Denies Ever Working for Land and Co.

LANSING – Pressure is mounting for former Republican National Committeewoman Terri Lynn Land to explain how she is self-funding nearly $3 million from her husband’s Land and Company money. The Detroit Free Press reported last week that she either lied on her financial disclosure forms or is potentially funneling money to her campaign illegally.

The Free Press notes that this is particularly indefensible given Land “for two terms as Michigan’s secretary of state oversaw the enforcement of election laws.” In 2005, she even told the Free Press, “Openness and accountability are the foundations of a healthy political process."

Land’s self-funding fiasco is throwing a wrench in her stance that she is a friend for the middle class. Beyond her anti-middle class agenda that doesn’t offer solutions for the problems Michiganders are facing, Land is having trouble defending her out-of-touch claim that she misplaced a $3 million account.

Detroit Free Press columnist Rochelle Riley said, “I just want to be rich enough one day like John McCain, ‘I don’t know how many houses I have,’ and Terri Lynn Land, ‘I don’t know which account my money is coming out of.’ It’s that simple.”

And now, Mike Thompson from the Free Press is getting in on the action.

Land’s latest unanswered questions come on the heels of her denying to the Detroit News that she ever worked at Land and Co, despite listing herself 37 times an “owner,” “special projects manager” or “self-employed” at Land and Co. on political donations she made.

Land is trailing Gary Peters in the last ten polls, losing major endorsements like the Detroit Regional Chamber, and still refuses to answer any questions about her business experience, self-funding, or her anti-middle class agenda.

Bankole Thompson, editor of the Michigan Chronicle, said on Michigan Matters that her recent stumbles put her in serious trouble: "The performance on Mackinac Island, and I wrote about it and you talked about, about Terri Lynn Land and Gary Peters. And I wrote a column saying that Gary Peters came out as the business candidate in that conversation. Later on I did a conversation with Sandy Baruah, president of the Chamber, and he took issue with my designation of Terri Lynn Land as some sort of a Sarah Palin coming back, but I think it says a lot, if the Regional Chamber which typically goes with GOP candidate, to now go for the Democrat, means that her campaign is in serious trouble.”

"Terri Lynn Land hides in a bunker, refuses to hold public campaign events, and now either lied on her disclosure forms or potentially self-funded $3 million illegally,” said Kevin McAlister, MDP Senior Communications Advisor. "Land should have an in-depth knowledge of campaign laws as a former secretary of state. Michiganders deserve answers from Land, but they haven’t even had the chance to see her in public since these serious allegations surfaced. What else is Ms. Land hiding in her past now that people are digging into her experience?"

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MDP Chair: Latest Political Ad Attacking Mark Schauer "The Height of Hypocrisy"
Jul. 18th 2014

DETROIT - Today Michigan Democratic Party Chair Lon Johnson released the following statement on the latest political ad from the Republican Governors Association attacking Mark Schauer. The ad features a woman and her family standing in front of a Kentucky-made Toyota Camry saying "my taxes are too high already."

"This new RGA ad is the height of hypocrisy," said Lon Johnson, Michigan Democratic Party Chair. "If Snyder wanted to stand up for Michigan families, he could start by repealing the tax increases he placed on the middle class and seniors, and give back the $1 billion he took from our kids' classrooms. Michigan needs a governor who will work to make sure Michigan's economy works for everyone, not just wealthy special interests."

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What’s Terri Lynn Land Hiding In Her Land and Co. Experience?
Jul. 18th 2014

Land Potentially Self-Funded $3 Million Illegally and Denies Ever Working for Land and Co.

LANSING – Former Republican National Committeewoman Terri Lynn Land is facing allegations of funneling nearly $3 million from Land and Company into her campaign illegally. The Free Press also notes that this is particularly appalling given Land “for two terms as Michigan’s secretary of state oversaw the enforcement of election laws.” In 2005, she even told the Free Press, “Openness and accountability are the foundations of a healthy political process.”

Last week, Land denied to the Detroit News her business experience at Land and Co., despite listing herself 38 times as an “owner,” “special projects manager” or “self-employed” at Land and Co. on political donations she made.

As the Detroit Free Press reports, “Election watchers continue to be mystified as to why Land, the de facto Republican nominee, has distanced herself financially from the company her family built out of a motel and trailer park.”

Experts and pundits are asking: What else is Land hiding by denying she ever worked for Land and Co? Land should own up to her years working for the family business:

  • Frank Beckmann, 760 WJR: “I have no idea why Terri Lynn Land doesn’t say I worked, I was an executive in my family’s company. I don’t get it. I don't understand why. I think she should. It makes no sense. I don’t understand her whole campaign quite frankly.”

  • Rich Robinson, director of the Michigan Campaign Finance Network: “I’m stunned by that. I can’t imagine why all this spinning about who she is. Up until this, I think everyone understood that to be who she is.”

Key points on Land’s potentially self-funding $3 million illegally:

  • Paul Ryan, senior counsel with the Campaign Legal Center: “If a noncandidate spouse gives money to a candidate spouse to influence that candidate’s election, it’s subject to contribution limit. This raises a red flag for me. A candidate suddenly coming into possession of several million dollars raises questions for me.”
    • And: “‘voters have a right to accurate information about a candidate’s finances,’ including where their contributions — including their own — are coming from. ‘We have lines in the law that prevent corruption, and those lines need to be respected and maintained.’”
  • Jan Baran, former general counsel for the Republican National Committee: “The general principle is that it’s permissible (to use this funding) if there’s been a history of transferring it ... prior to the candidacy. Otherwise it’s not going to be permitted during the period of time the person is a candidate.”
  • Michael Traugott, Center for Political Studies at the University of Michigan: “There is obviously a contradiction here that should be justified financially. No candidate or elected official should be involved with financial inconsistencies as a matter of form.”

"Michiganders have serious questions and no answers about what Terri Lynn Land’s hiding by potentially self-funding $3 million illegally to try and buy this Senate seat," said Kevin McAlister, MDP Senior Communications Advisor. "Land’s been caught hiding her experience working for Land and Co. Now, she potentially broke campaign laws after being Michigan’s top elections official as secretary of state. What else is Ms. Land hiding in her past now that people are unraveling her business experience?"

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Detroit Free Press: Terri Lynn Land Potentially Illegally Self-Funding $3 Million in Land and Co. Money
Jul. 17th 2014

LANSING – According to a new report in the Detroit Free Press, former Republican National Committeewoman Terri Lynn Land is potentially illegally funneling nearly $3 million from Land and Company into her campaign. The Free Press reports, “Land has given her own campaign nearly $3 million this year and last, but nowhere in her federal financial disclosure form has she listed any bank accounts or other assets in her control worth that much.”

The Free Press also notes that this is particularly appalling given Land “for two terms as Michigan’s secretary of state oversaw the enforcement of election laws.” In 2005, she even told the Free Press, “Openness and accountability are the foundations of a healthy political process.”

Independent experts are raising key points:

  • Paul Ryan, senior counsel with the Campaign Legal Center: “If a noncandidate spouse gives money to a candidate spouse to influence that candidate’s election, it’s subject to contribution limit. This raises a red flag for me. A candidate suddenly coming into possession of several million dollars raises questions for me.”
    • And: “‘voters have a right to accurate information about a candidate’s finances,’ including where their contributions — including their own — are coming from. ‘We have lines in the law that prevent corruption, and those lines need to be respected and maintained.’”
  • Jan Baran, former general counsel for the Republican National Committee: “The general principle is that it’s permissible (to use this funding) if there’s been a history of transferring it ... prior to the candidacy. Otherwise it’s not going to be permitted during the period of time the person is a candidate.”
  • Michael Traugott, Center for Political Studies at the University of Michigan: “There is obviously a contradiction here that should be justified financially. No candidate or elected official should be involved with financial inconsistencies as a matter of form.”

These serious legal questions come on the heels of Land denying to the Detroit News her business experience at Land and Co., despite listing herself 38 times as an “owner,” “special projects manager” or “self-employed” at Land and Co. on political donations she made.

Land refuses to answer where her self-funding millions come from as one of the top self-funders, and couldn’t answer why she listed herself as an employee of Land and Co. 38 times. She also received a company car, cell phone, and email address.

"Terri Lynn Land refuses to answer serious questions about whether she’s breaking the law by funneling millions from her husband’s pockets to try and buy this election," said Kevin McAlister, MDP Senior Communications Advisor. "Land is taking a page from the Koch brother's dark money playbook and secretly funneling millions in Land and Co. money to try and buy this election. What else is Land hiding by refusing to answer questions now that people are digging into her business experience with the family company?"

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Terri Lynn Land’s Pledge to Michigan
Jul. 17th 2014

LANSING – The Michigan Democratic Party today released former Republican National Committeewoman Terri Lynn Land’s real pledge to Michigan:

I pledge to put Michigan first.*

*Disclaimer - Does not apply to:

  • Women – Land would turn back the clock by opposing equal pay and outlawing abortion even in the case of rape, incest, or life of the mother.
  • Auto industry – Land opposed the auto rescue and would have destroyed 4 million jobs.
  • Seniors – Land would cut Social Security and end the Medicare guarantee to give millionaires tax breaks.
  • Middle class – Land opposed raising the minimum wage to $10.10/hour so workers could earn a living wage.
  • The Great Lakes – Land’s out-of-state billionaire backers, the Koch brothers, stored hazardous pet coke piles along the Detroit River. These piles blew into peoples’ homes and businesses, while polluting the Great Lakes Watershed.
  • Start-ups – Land still hasn’t clarified her position on net neutrality, which could give enormous media companies leverage to charge Michigan’s start-ups more to access the Internet.
  • Children – Land supports Paul Ryan’s budget, which would cut Head Start pre-kindergarten programs.
  • Small Businesses – Land would gut aid to small businesses and create obstacles for entrepreneurs getting their businesses off the ground.

 

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BACKGROUND:

Women:

Land Said She Would Have Voted Against Paycheck Fairness Act. In April 2014, the Wall Street Journal reported that “Republican Senate candidate Terri Lynn Land of Michigan said here that she supports the principle of equal pay for women but would have voted against the Paycheck Fairness Act debated in the Senate this week.” [Wall Street Journal, 4/12/14]

Land Would Ban All Abortions and Was Endorsed by Right to Life. Land has been endorsed by Michigan Right to Life. According to Land, she “has always received the support of the NRA and the Right to Life and that's something I thought was very important also and people told me that I was that candidate.” [TPM, 12/17/13; Land remarks at Grand Traverse Legislative Breakfast, 7/6/13] (Video

In Order To Received Endorsement From Michigan Right To Life, The Candidate Must Agree to a Human Life Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, Effectively Establishing Personhood at the Moment of Conception. According to Right to Life of Michigan’s endorsement criteria, “Prolife - First and foremost, a candidate must be prolife with no exceptions other than life of the mother. A candidate must also complete a Candidate Questionnaire and agree to a Human Life Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, effectively establishing personhood from the moment of conception.” [Right to Life of Michigan Political Action Committee Endorsement Criteria, accessed 6/10/13]

Auto Industry:

Land Opposed the Auto Rescue. “The [auto rescue] did not come up during her presentation, but it did with reporters afterwards. ‘I’ve always supported autoworkers,’ [said Terri Lynn Land]. Candidate Land was asked two more times for her stance, but on the third try, she left. […] She was given another chance, she said that she had answered the original questions but agreed to appear on camera again, but limited the conversation to one question.” When asked by the reporter if she would have provided GM and Chrysler with federal funds, Land responded: “If I had been there as a U.S. Senator, I would have worked to negotiate a deal that worked—looked more like what Ford Company did.” [WJBK, 5/28/14]

Land “Declined to Revisit the Topic” of Opposing Auto Rescue. “Land, a Byron Center Republican, had defended presidential candidate Mitt Romney's anti-bailout position two years ago and noted that GM had become known as "Government Motors." She declined to revisit the topic Wednesday during a brief exchange with reporters, which she cut short following the forum.” [Mlive, 5/28/14]
 
Land “Dodged Direct Questions” on Opposing Auto Rescue. “Land, a Grand Rapids-area Republican, dodged direct questions from reporters after the forum on whether or not she opposed the $62 billion bailout of GM and Chrysler. Taxpayers lost $12.5 billion on the rescues. “I think it’s important that we have support for our auto workers,” Land said. “I think it’s important that we make sure that never happens again, that we don’t over-regulate, that we don’t over tax, that we make sure that our auto industry can have the ability to grow jobs and create a great economy here in Michigan.”” [Detroit News, 5/28/14]

Land Was Not Convinced About the “Specific” Auto Bailout Plan. “Land spokeswoman Heather Swift said Monday that she knows how important the auto industry is to Michigan, the ‘auto state.’ ‘Terri has always believed that something needed to be done to address the auto crisis, but was not convinced on the specific plan that was proposed,’ Swift said in a written statement. ‘Thanks to the resiliency of the American worker and a stronger global economy, our autos are back.’” [MLive, 3/3/14]

Seniors:

Land Supported the Core Values of the Republican Party Platform. During its 2013 spring meeting in Los Angeles, the Republican National Committee unanimously adopted a slate of 12 resolutions. One of those resolutions reaffirmed the organization’s commitment to the “core values of the Republican Party as stated in the 2012 Republican Platform approved by the delegates to the Republican National Convention on August 28, 2012.” According to Land’s RNC website, she attended this event and even referenced the resolution. Land wrote, “For several weeks, conservative leaders had been working on a resolution that reaffirms all planks of our platform--a set of values and core principles that stand for liberty and opportunity for all Americans. The committee approved this resolution today.” Land has also been quoted as saying that the Republican National Committee—of which she was a member—“is responsible for promoting the party platform.” Moreover, Land was also later quoted as saying she supported the 2012 Republican Platform. [Chris Moody of Yahoo News Twitter, 4/12/13; Washington Post, 4/12/13; RNC April 2013 Spring Meeting Resolutions, 4/12/13; Terri Lynn Land’s RNC Website, 4/19/13; Terri Lynn Land’s RNC Website, accessed 5/31/13; MLive, 6/3/13; Republican National Committee Platform,8/28/12]

…Which Called for Corporate Tax Cuts. Terri Lynn Land has said that she supported the 2012 Republican platform, which calls for a tax cuts for corporations. The GOP Platform states: “American businesses now face the world’s highest corporate tax rate […] we call for a reduction of the corporate rate […] with a permanent research and development tax credit, and a repeal of the corporate alternative minimum tax. We also support the recommendation of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, as well as the current President’s Export Council, to switch to a territorial system of corporate taxation.” [Republican National Committee Platform, 8/28/12]

...Which Would “Essentially End Medicare.” According to the New York Times, 2012 Republican platform included a “call to reshape Medicare to give fixed amounts of money to future beneficiaries so they can buy their own coverage.” The Wall Street Journal had previously written that such a plan “would essentially end Medicare.” [New York Times, 8/29/12; Wall Street Journal, 4/4/11]

…Which Backed Personal Investment Accounts For Social Security. In September 2005, the New York Times reported that “While the Democratic platform opposes any privatization of Social Security, the Republican platform says younger workers should be given the option of “personal investment accounts as supplements to the system.” [New York Times, 9/5/12]

Middle Class:

Land Opposed Raising the Minimum Wage to $10.10. “A spokeswoman says Republican U.S. Senate candidate Terri Lynn Land opposes Democratic legislation to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour.” [Associated Press 4/30/14]

Great Lakes:

Koch Brothers: Billionaires Place 3-Story Pile Of Petroleum Coke in Detroit. “Detroit, once the envy of many, has become the garbage bin of the billionaire Koch brothers. Koch Carbon is owned by David and Charles Koch, the wealthy conservative industrialists. One of the unsightly byproducts of oil production is petroleum coke. Residents of Detroit are no strangers to abuse by large corporations. That is perhaps why the Koch brothers felt like it was a good plan to store a three-story high pile of petroleum coke near the Detroit River. Ah, environmental racism at its finest.” [Policy Mic, 5/19/13]

Pet Coke Was Blowing into Homes and Businesses. "Earlier this month, Detroit Bulk Storage withdrew a permit application with the City of Detroit to store petroleum coke at a location along the Detroit River near the Ambassador Bridge. Last year the company had been keeping large piles of petroleum coke there but later removed them amid outrage from residents on both sides of the river who said the open-air piles were blowing black dust onto homes and businesses." [MLive, 2/19/14]

Video Footage Shows Petroleum Coke Blowing Across the Detroit River. “A newly surfaced video showing a large black cloud of petroleum coke, also known as ‘pet coke,’ blowing across the Detroit River is adding to concerns about a three-story pile of the carbon-based substance that's sitting in storage near the Ambassador Bridge.” [Huffington Post, 7/31/13]

Petroleum Coke Contains Toxic Metals. “The ‘mountains’ of pet coke rising in the shadow of the Ambassador Bridge on the edge of the Detroit River have aroused environmental concerns at the local, state, national and international levels. Michigan Representative Rashida Tlaib, who represents the neighborhood where the pet coke has been piled up, called on the Ecology Center to test samples she collected at the site earlier this year and cited the results in her call for state action. ‘Two of the toxic metals we detected, selenium and vanadium, are of concern in runoff and dust,’ according to Jeff Gearhart, research director at the Ecology Center. ‘The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality’s conclusion of “no significant public health risk” is overstated and mostly based on modeling, not actual environmental monitoring. I am still dissatisfied with the lack of on-the-ground data on air quality and particulate matter due to the un-permitted open storage of petroleum coke.’” [Ecology Center, 6/13

Start-ups:

Land Seemed to Not Understand Internet Neutrality. “Land was absolutely dreadful. She came across like a high school student who had memorized a speech. You had the terrible sensation that if interrupted, she would have had to start all over from the beginning. She spoke in slogans, seemed incapable of providing specific answers, and seemed not to understand the current hot-button issue of ‘internet neutrality,’ which threatens to allow rich conglomerates to dominate cyberspace.” [Michigan Radio,5/29/14]

Land: “I Think the Internet Should Be Free.” “Later, during a question and answer session, an attendee asked Land what she thought about ‘net neutrality’ -- the idea that Internet service providers should treat all data the same without favoring media companies willing to pay for bandwidth access. ‘I think the Internet should be free,’ Land said. ‘It is a great source of information. I'm on Twitter and a fan of Twitter. I think that's a very important part of this. It's a way to actually interact with the community.’ Asked to clarify her position, Land later explained that she was not proposing free national broadband access. ‘I think it's important that the costs don't go up so people can have access to the Internet,’ she told reporters.” [Mlive, 5/28/14]

Headline: “Terri Lynn Land Doesn’t Understand What ‘Net Neutrality’ Is.” [Michigan Liberal, 5/28/14]

MIRS: Land Says Internet Should Be Free At Rare Appearance: During a press scrum after the event she was asked to clarify. Reporter: When you said that you think the Internet should be free are you talking about broadband infrastructure free access nationwide? Land: Right, right. Reporter: So you think that if you were in the Senate you would push for the creation of a nationwide broadband infrastructure with free access? Land: No, no, no. We were talking about one specific item, there. Reporter: Right, net neutrality, which is about access to faster Internet, not free Internet. Land: Right. I think that … I think it's important that the costs don't go up so people can't have access to the Internet, meaning that what he said, if it's faster than they're gonna charge more to the consumer." [MIRS, 5/28/14]

Land “Spun Her Tires” on Federal Net Neutrality Issue. “(MACKINAC ISLAND) -- In one of her few pre-announced public appearances, U.S. Senate candidate Terri Lynn LAND performed well on stage, but spun her tires afterwards in an exchange with a Detroit reporter on the federal net neutrality issue.” [MIRS, 5/28/14]

Children:

Land Supported Proposing the House Republican Budget. “Over in the Land campaign, MIRS asked the likely Senate nominee if she supported U.S. Rep. Paul RYAN's proposed budget, which cuts $5 trillion over the next decade while also making major reforms to Medicaid and food stamps. […] Asked if she supported the Ryan budget, in an e-mailed response, Land didn't give a yes or no answer, offering instead, ‘Putting a budget on the floor is the first step to a balanced budget, which is more than (U.S. Senate Majority Leader) Harry REID and the Senate Democrats have done.’”[MIRS, 4/2/14]

Under the House Republican Budget, Head Start Funding for 5,910 Michigan children Would be Cut. [White House, 4/8/14]

Small Business:

Land Supported the Republican Government Shutdown, Which Prevented Small Businesses from Receiving Loans and Government Aid. Because of Ted Cruz’s and Terri Lynn Land’s Government Shutdown that closed down the Small Business Administration, preventing small businesses from gaining access to small-business loans, international trade services, training and counseling programs, and government contracting aid, “leaving many employers waiting with no end in sight for the capital they need to start, expand or even save their businesses.” It was not only loans from the Small Business Administration that were halted, but conventional small-business loans reliant on government verification of tax details to be processes were also stopped because of Terri Lynn Land’s Government Shutdown. [The Hill, 9/22/13; Washington Post, 10/7/13]

The Republican Budget Would Gut Federal Small Business Assistance, Hurting All Small Businesses and Women’s Small Businesses Directly. Paul Ryan’s Budget would cut the Small Business administration funding by more than $1.2 billion. It kills 207,000 jobs by reducing 504 program lending by $12 billion. The Republican Budget defunds microloans by $34 million and microloan assistance by $32 million, resulting in 17,928 jobs. The Republican Budget directly attacks small businesses owned and operated by women by gutting funding to the Women’s Business Center by $22 million, resulting in the prevention of assistance to 180,000 small businesses owned and operated by women and preventing the creation of 860 fewer new women small businesses. [House Committee on Small Business, 4/14]

Land Would Repeal Tax Credits Designed to Help Small Businesses Provide Healthcare Coverage to Their Employees. Terri Lynn Land has called for a full repeal of the Affordable Care Act, which would eliminate federal tax credits to small businesses to cover up to 50% of the cost of coverage for employees of small business, it would dismantle the Small Business Health Options Program (SHOPs) in every state that provide access to affordable to healthcare coverage for small businesses, and it would eliminate standards that ensure plans provided to the small businesses are quality health plans, which do not provide for the appearance of health care while leaving employees underinsured. [MLive, 3/24/14; House Democratic Leader, 3/14]

Terri Lynn Land Would Block Senate Bill to Keep Employers Out Of Health Care Decisions
Jul. 16th 2014

Land Still Refuses to Answer Whether She Will Deny Her Employees Contraception Coverage 

LANSING, MI – The U.S. Senate today voted on a bill reversing the Hobby Lobby decision and Former Republican National Committeewoman Terri Lynn Land, who has run on her business experience working for Land and Company, would have voted to make sure employers can deny contraception coverage to their employees. As a supporter of the U.S. Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby decision, she would have blocked the bill that would make sure every woman has access to contraception coverage under their employer health care. 

More than two weeks after the decision, Land still refuses to answer straightforward questions on whether she will go ahead and deny contraception coverage to her own employees. She has previously supported two Constitutional amendments that would ban contraception and end a woman's right to choose, even in cases of rape, incest, or life of the mother.

“Michiganders can't trust Terri Lynn Land when she would block this bill and give employers the right to discriminate against their female employees,” said Kevin McAlister, MDP Senior Communications Advisor. “Land still refuses to answer whether she will deny her own employees contraception coverage. Her anti-women agenda would end a woman's right to choose with no exception and opposes equal pay for equal work. How can Land expect Michigan women to trust her when she consistently fights against their interests to support her special interest allies?”

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Detroit Clerk Winfrey Announces Online Application Process for Absentee Ballots
Jul. 16th 2014

Historic Michigan Democratic Party project aimed at promoting absentee ballot access for more Michiganders

DETROIT - Today Detroit City Clerk Janice Winfrey and Michigan Democratic Party Chair Lon Johnson announced that for the first time in history, Detroit will accept online applications for absentee ballots. Winfrey and Johnson called the project historic, saying it would result in increased access to the ballot in Detroit in 2014. 

"This is a proud day for Detroit and a historic day for Michigan," said Detroit City Clerk Janice Winfrey. "I'm thrilled to announce as clerk that I'll be broadening ballot access for Detroiters through this new program." 

"For the first time ever, Detroiters will be able to request absentee ballots online," said Lon Johnson, Michigan Democratic Party Chair. "This is a great move for Michigan, because we should be promoting common sense, legal ways for more people to have access to the democratic process in our state.”

"Clearly voters of Michigan are adopting absentee voting as a way of casting their ballot - as evidenced by the fact that more than 27 percent of votes cast in Michigan's 2012 election were absentee ballots," continued Johnson. "We're proud of Clerk Winfrey for working to help us implement this program in Detroit, and we're looking forward to more local elected officials joining us in this effort."

Currently, it is common practice for many clerks across Michigan to receive requests to vote absentee through a number of secure options, including fax, mail and hand delivery.

There are over 500,000 registered voters in the City of Detroit. Since 2002, statewide absentee ballot adoption as a percentage of ballots cast has increased from 16.5 percent to more than 27 percent.

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NOTE: Detroiters can apply to receive an absentee ballot today by visiting DetroitBallot.com
Terri Lynn Land Still Refuses to Clarify Net Neutrality Position
Jul. 15th 2014

At Her Dismal Mackinac Performance, Land Was “Unsure of the Policy Details”

LANSING - Former Republican National Committeewoman Terri Lynn Land hasn’t developed a position on net neutrality, weeks after reporters criticized her “dreadful” response at Mackinac for being “unsure of the policy details.” Land had a disastrous performance at the Detroit Regional Chamber's policy conference, where she was deemed "not ready for prime time" and couldn't answer simple questions about everything from net neutrality to opposing the auto rescue.

Gary Peters yesterday called on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to use its authority to protect access to the Internet for small businesses, start-ups, and consumers. Without the net neutrality reforms that Peters is supporting, broadband providers are able to charge companies more to use faster Internet services.

"Months after her disastrous performance at Mackinac, Terri Lynn Land still refuses to clarify her net neutrality position and clearly isn’t interested in making sure the Internet is a level playing field for Michigan’s start-ups and small businesses," said Kevin McAlister, MDP Senior Communications Advisor. "If Land had her way, Michigan’s long and proud history of innovation and manufacturing would be threatened. Enormous media companies could pick winners and make Michigan’s start-ups the losers. Gary Peters is the only one willing to fight for Michigan’s small businesses and start-ups so the state can continue its strong history of innovation."

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BACKGROUND:

Land Seemed to Not Understand Internet Neutrality. “Land was absolutely dreadful. She came across like a high school student who had memorized a speech. You had the terrible sensation that if interrupted, she would have had to start all over from the beginning. She spoke in slogans, seemed incapable of providing specific answers, and seemed not to understand the current hot-button issue of ‘internet neutrality,’ which threatens to allow rich conglomerates to dominate cyberspace.” [Michigan Radio,5/29/14]

Land: “I Think the Internet Should Be Free.” “Later, during a question and answer session, an attendee asked Land what she thought about ‘net neutrality’ -- the idea that Internet service providers should treat all data the same without favoring media companies willing to pay for bandwidth access. ‘I think the Internet should be free,’ Land said. ‘It is a great source of information. I'm on Twitter and a fan of Twitter. I think that's a very important part of this. It's a way to actually interact with the community.’ Asked to clarify her position, Land later explained that she was not proposing free national broadband access. ‘I think it's important that the costs don't go up so people can have access to the Internet,’ she told reporters.” [MLive, 5/28/14]

Headline: “Terri Lynn Land Doesn’t Understand What ‘Net Neutrality’ Is.” [Michigan Liberal, 5/28/14]

MIRS: Land Says Internet Should Be Free At Rare Appearance: During a press scrum after the event she was asked to clarify. Reporter: When you said that you think the Internet should be free are you talking about broadband infrastructure free access nationwide? Land: Right, right. Reporter: So you think that if you were in the Senate you would push for the creation of a nationwide broadband infrastructure with free access? Land: No, no, no. We were talking about one specific item, there. Reporter: Right, net neutrality, which is about access to faster Internet, not free Internet. Land: Right. I think that … I think it's important that the costs don't go up so people can't have access to the Internet, meaning that what he said, if it's faster than they're gonna charge more to the consumer." [MIRS, 5/28/14]

Land “Spun Her Tires” on Federal Net Neutrality Issue. “(MACKINAC ISLAND) -- In one of her few pre-announced public appearances, U.S. Senate candidate Terri Lynn LAND performed well on stage, but spun her tires afterwards in an exchange with a Detroit reporter on the federal net neutrality issue.” [MIRS, 5/28/14]

Hill: Land “Unsure of Policy Details” on Net Neutrality. “Former Michigan Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land (R) dodged on discussing her past opposition to the federal bailout of the auto industry and had to clarify comments about a "free" internet following a candidate forum…She also seemed unsure of policy details when asked about her views on net neutrality.” [The Hill, 5/29/14]

Day 2: Snyder, Land Still Hiding from Michigan Voters
Jul. 15th 2014

Republican candidates skip voter guide questionnaire from League of Women Voters

LANSING - For the second time this week, a statewide nonpartisan voter guide was released for voters in Michigan, and for the second time, neither Republican Gov. Rick Snyder nor Republican Terri Land answered even a single question asked by the League of Women Voters.

"Dodging debates, refusing to talk to the press and now failing to answer basic candidate questionnaires has become the Republican way of governing and campaigning," said Joshua Pugh, Michigan Democratic Party Communications Director. "Michigan deserves better than Snyder and Land, who run from their records and will do anything to avoid being transparent and accountable to the people they represent."

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Two Weeks Later: Terri Lynn Land Refuses to Answer Whether She Will Deny Contraception to Employees
Jul. 14th 2014

LANSING – Former Republican National Committeewoman Terri Lynn Land spent last week denying that she ever worked for Land and Company, leaving more questions about the business experience she’s running on and no answers about whether she will deny her employees contraception coverage.

Land is spending $2.9 million in secretive Land and Co. money to fund one-third of her campaign and touted her experience from the family business at least 37 times. Now, Land is being secretive about whether she will provide her own employees with contraception coverage in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court Hobby Lobby decision.

Land stalled for one day before supporting the decision and agreeing that an employer should be making health care decisions for his female employees instead of letting women make their own decisions with their doctors. She has already backed proposals to amend the U.S. Constitution to limit contraception coverage, and to outlaw abortion even in the case of rape, incest, or to save the life of the woman.

"Terri Lynn Land refuses to answer straightforward and reasonable questions about her family business and whether she will deny contraception coverage to her own employees," said Kevin McAlister, MDP Senior Communications Advisor. "It’s another week and Land only has more secrets about her family business and her anti-women agenda."

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BACKGROUND: 

Land Would Not Say if She Offers Birth Control Coverage to Her Employees. “However, the spokesperson did not respond to a question about whether the business Ms. Land owns does now or would offer birth control coverage to employees.” [Gongwer, 7/1/14]

Land Sides With Private Company’s Right To Discriminate Against Employees. At Terri LynnLand’s endorsement event with the NFIB, WNEM reporter Kristin Moore asked Land about the Hobby Lobby Supreme Court Decision. She responded, “I support the use of contraceptives but I also understand that governments forcing, you know, closely-held businesses to violate their religious beliefs is not good.” [WNEM TV 5, 7/1/14]

Land: “We Were Fortunate Enough To Grow What Started As A Very Small Family Business Into A Successful Michigan Based Company That Provides Jobs For Hundreds Of Michigan Residents.” Reported the AP in August 2013, “Republican U.S. Senate candidate Terri Lynn Land and her family have assets worth tens of millions of dollars, mostly in western Michigan apartment complexes and Florida condominiums run by her husband, according to a financial disclosure report. ‘We've been fortunate enough to grow what started as a very small family business into a successful Michigan-based company that provides jobs for hundreds of Michigan residents,’ the former Michigan secretary of state said in a statement Monday.” [Associated Press, 8/6/13

Land is Richest Senate Candidate in 2014. “No. 1 on the Bloomberg list is Republican Terri Lynn Land of Michigan. When ranked by their net-worth midpoint, Land comes out at $32.8 million. Perdue follows at $31.7 million, and McConnell is third at $30.4 million… Land, a former Michigan secretary of state and past member of the Republican National Committee, reported that she and her husband had stocks, retirement accounts, a multistate real estate portfolio and other assets valued at between $31.6 million and $37.3 million. She listed $1 million to $2.4 million in debts for a line of credit and mortgages.” [Bloomberg, 7/8/14]

Land Donated $2.9 Million to Her U.S. Senate Campaign. “Former Michigan Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land on Wednesday reported raising $3.4 million — including a $1.2 million gift to herself — in the three-month period ending June 30 in her race to become the state’s next U.S. senator. […] Land’s contribution brings to $2.9 million the amount of her own money she has put into the race.” [Detroit Free Press, 7/9/14]

Detroit News: Land “denies ever working for company despite contrary indications.” In recent interviews, Land has denied having an ownership or working connection to Land & Co. “I’ve never worked for Land & Co.,” Land told The Detroit News. “I’ve never owned the trailer park or never owned any of the businesses.” A Detroit News review of campaign contributions found 38 political donations Land made over 20 years in which her occupation is listed as an “owner,” “special projects manager” or “self-employed” at Land & Co. Fifteen of the donations listing ownership in Land & Co. were attributed to the nearly $166,000 she spent on her successful 2002 secretary of state campaign, records show. [Detroit News, 7/8/14]

Snyder, Land Still Hiding from Michigan Voters
Jul. 14th 2014

Republican candidates skip MLive voter guide

LANSING - Michigan voters hoping that Republicans Rick Snyder and Terri Land would finally publicly answer for their records were no doubt disappointed by MLive's voter guide, which was released today. Neither Snyder nor Land answered even a single question asked by MLive, skipping questions as basic as "Why are you running for office?" and "Why do you identify with your political affiliation?"

"It's past time for Republicans Rick Snyder and Terri Land to stop hiding and finally answer Michiganders for their record of putting themselves ahead of our middle class," said Lon Johnson, Michigan Democratic Party Chair. "Voters deserve to hear from all candidates on the issues. Instead, Terri Land has been hiding from voters and ducking the press for months, while Rick Snyder rarely holds any events with members of the public, and refuses to agree to even a single debate. These Republican politicians must stop dodging, and agree to hold debates so voters and the media can hear from them."

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Questions Mount: Terri Lynn Land Pays Less than 3% Tax Rate While Spending $3 Million to Self-Fund Her Campaign
Jul. 14th 2014

LANSING - One of the wealthiest Senate candidates in the country, Terri Lynn Land, paid less than 3% in taxes the last two years but spent $2.9 million in secretive Land and Company money to fund one-third of her campaign. Last week, Land denied ever working for Land and Co., even though she’s been running on the business experience she gained at the family company.

Land’s problems don’t end there. The Huffington Post called her filing as an individual an "unusual move that distances Land from the wealth of her family." Another unusual move: Land had a 2012 tax rate of 2.2%, which is nearly 28% less that the average American’s 30% tax rate in the same bracket.

Even Mitt Romney had a higher tax rate when he paid 14.1% in 2011 – nearly 7 times higher than Land’s tax rate in 2013. Romney faced criticism about being out-of-touch and secretive about his wealth – allegations that Land is facing today. Even Newt Gingrich thought Romney was hiding something from voters.

"Terri Lynn Land has been caught paying less than 3 percent in taxes on $44,000 while self-funding nearly $3 million in family money - these numbers just don't add up," said Kevin McAlister, MDP Senior Communications Advisor. "Land is one of the wealthiest candidates in the country, but she keeps hiding her business experience and family fortune from Michiganders. More of Terri Lynn Land’s secrets are exposed every week, so Michiganders are waiting to see what part of her past Ms. Land tries to cover up now."

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BACKGROUND:

Land is Richest Senate Candidate in 2014. “No. 1 on the Bloomberg list is Republican Terri Lynn Land of Michigan. When ranked by their net-worth midpoint, Land comes out at $32.8 million. Perdue follows at $31.7 million, and McConnell is third at $30.4 million… Land, a former Michigan secretary of state and past member of the Republican National Committee, reported that she and her husband had stocks, retirement accounts, a multistate real estate portfolio and other assets valued at between $31.6 million and $37.3 million. She listed $1 million to $2.4 million in debts for a line of credit and mortgages.” [Bloomberg, 7/8/14]

Land Donated $2.9 Million to Her U.S. Senate Campaign. “Former Michigan Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land on Wednesday reported raising $3.4 million — including a $1.2 million gift to herself — in the three-month period ending June 30 in her race to become the state’s next U.S. senator. […] Land’s contribution brings to $2.9 million the amount of her own money she has put into the race.” [Detroit Free Press, 7/9/14]

Newt Gingrich suggested Romney might be hiding something from voters. “But it was criticism in recent days from fellow Republican presidential candidates, including Newt Gingrich and Gov. Rick Perry of Texas, that seemed to jar Mr. Romney, who during Monday night’s debate suggested he would be open to releasing his returns in April without promising to do so. That answer provoked a fresh attack from Mr. Gingrich on Tuesday morning, when he suggested that Mr. Romney might be hiding something from voters in South Carolina. “If you’re a South Carolinian, you say, ‘Wait a second, why don’t you want me to know about it? Why are you going to wait until after I’ve voted?’ ” Mr. Gingrich said during a television interview on Tuesday.” [New York Times, 1/17/12]

Mitt Romney Supports Maintaining Lower Tax Rates for Wealthy. “Mr. Romney and other Republican candidates have not only opposed higher taxes on the wealthy, but also favor maintaining or expanding the relatively low rates for capital gains and investment income, breaks that Republicans and others favor as a way to spur investment and reward risk-taking but which critics say have fed the growing wealth gap.” [New York Times, 1/12/12]

Bill Kristol: Mitt Romney's Low Tax Rate Is 'Kinda Weird'. According to the Huffington Post, “The prominent conservative commentator added that he thought there would be no "economic detriment" to Romney if he paid more. "I think it just seems kinda weird that he pays a lower rate than an awful lot of middle-class people," Kristol said.” [Huffington Post, 8/20/12]

The Atlantic: “Romney's 15% Problem: He Pays the Same Tax Rate as a Family Making $50,000”. According to The Atlantic, “In 2009, 15% was the average effective tax rate for households making between $75,000 and $100,000, in the middle quintile of U.S. families. That means Mitt Romney, a mega-millionaire, pays the tax rate as if his were a firmly middle class family, which would seem to pose a considerable political problem to a candidate fighting for middle class votes.” [The Atlantic, 1/17/12]

Middle Class Families “Probably Won’t Be Amused” With Romney Tax Returns. According to a post in the Washington Monthly, “Working families probably won’t be amused to learn Romney — the guy who got rich laying people off, and has been a professional candidate for the last six years — pays a lower tax rate than they do. They’ll be even less pleased to know Romney, if elected president, will fight to keep it this way, even when he calls for tax increases on those struggling most.” [Washington Monthly, 1/17/12]

New York Times Editorial: “Mitt Romney, Class Warrior”. According to an editorial from the New York Times, “Mr. Romney has been paying, by his own account, about 13 percent to 15 percent of his enormous income in federal income taxes. Just compare that with your own tax return.” [New York Times, 9/17/12

Wall Street Journal Editorial: “Mitt Romney's 15%”. “When he recently visited the Journal, Mr. Romney all but said he didn't think he could propose a tax reform with lower rates because he'd be attacked as a rich guy. Well, Governor, you are a rich guy, and with the 15% news, you're going to be attacked anyway.” [Wall Street Journal, 1/19/12]

 

Terri Lynn Land Self-Funds a Third of Her Campaign While Using Mitt Romney’s Secretive Tax Strategy
Jul. 11th 2014

LANSING – One of the wealthiest Senate candidates in the country, Terri Lynn Land, paid less than 3% in taxes the last two years but managed to funnel $2.9 million in secretive Land and Co. money to her campaign. Land is distancing herself from the family business despite running on her experience there for more than a year.

The Huffington Post called her filing as an individual an "unusual move that distances Land from the wealth of her family." While Land had a 2.2% tax rate in 2013, the average American in her tax bracket paid nearly 20%.

Here’s the kicker: Mitt Romney had a 14.1% tax rate in 2011 – nearly 7 times higher than Land’s tax rate in 2013. Romney was labeled out-of-touch and secretive about his wealth. He faced fierce criticism that could just as easily be directed at Ms. Land. Even Newt Gingrich thought Romney was hiding something from voters.

“The math doesn’t add up for Terri Lynn Land – She’s self-funding nearly $3 million to her campaign while only paying less than 3 percent in taxes?” asked Kevin McAlister, MDP Senior Communications Advisor. “Land claims that she made less than $45,000 in 2012, so how is she the top self-funding Republican in the country right now? This week, more of Terri Lynn Land’s secrets are coming into light, and it’s an ugly picture of deception and double-standards. The only thing that’s clear is that Terri Lynn Land cannot be trusted.”

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BACKGROUND:

Land is Richest Senate Candidate in 2014. “No. 1 on the Bloomberg list is Republican Terri Lynn Land of Michigan. When ranked by their net-worth midpoint, Land comes out at $32.8 million. Perdue follows at $31.7 million, and McConnell is third at $30.4 million… Land, a former Michigan secretary of state and past member of the Republican National Committee, reported that she and her husband had stocks, retirement accounts, a multistate real estate portfolio and other assets valued at between $31.6 million and $37.3 million. She listed $1 million to $2.4 million in debts for a line of credit and mortgages.” [Bloomberg, 7/8/14]

Land Donated $2.9 Million to Her U.S. Senate Campaign. “Former Michigan Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land on Wednesday reported raising $3.4 million — including a $1.2 million gift to herself — in the three-month period ending June 30 in her race to become the state’s next U.S. senator. […] Land’s contribution brings to $2.9 million the amount of her own money she has put into the race.” [Detroit Free Press, 7/9/14]

Newt Gingrich suggested Romney might be hiding something from voters. “But it was criticism in recent days from fellow Republican presidential candidates, including Newt Gingrich and Gov. Rick Perry of Texas, that seemed to jar Mr. Romney, who during Monday night’s debate suggested he would be open to releasing his returns in April without promising to do so. That answer provoked a fresh attack from Mr. Gingrich on Tuesday morning, when he suggested that Mr. Romney might be hiding something from voters in South Carolina. “If you’re a South Carolinian, you say, ‘Wait a second, why don’t you want me to know about it? Why are you going to wait until after I’ve voted?’ ” Mr. Gingrich said during a television interview on Tuesday.” [New York Times, 1/17/12

Mitt Romney Supports Maintaining Lower Tax Rates for Wealthy. “Mr. Romney and other Republican candidates have not only opposed higher taxes on the wealthy, but also favor maintaining or expanding the relatively low rates for capital gains and investment income, breaks that Republicans and others favor as a way to spur investment and reward risk-taking but which critics say have fed the growing wealth gap.” [New York Times, 1/12/12]

Bill Kristol: Mitt Romney's Low Tax Rate Is 'Kinda Weird'. According to the Huffington Post, “The prominent conservative commentator added that he thought there would be no "economic detriment" to Romney if he paid more. "I think it just seems kinda weird that he pays a lower rate than an awful lot of middle-class people," Kristol said.” [Huffington Post, 8/20/12]

The Atlantic: “Romney's 15% Problem: He Pays the Same Tax Rate as a Family Making $50,000”. According to The Atlantic, “In 2009, 15% was the average effective tax rate for households making between $75,000 and $100,000, in the middle quintile of U.S. families. That means Mitt Romney, a mega-millionaire, pays the tax rate as if his were a firmly middle class family, which would seem to pose a considerable political problem to a candidate fighting for middle class votes.” [The Atlantic,1/17/12]

Middle Class Families “Probably Won’t Be Amused” With Romney Tax Returns. According to a post in the Washington Monthly, “Working families probably won’t be amused to learn Romney — the guy who got rich laying people off, and has been a professional candidate for the last six years — pays a lower tax rate than they do. They’ll be even less pleased to know Romney, if elected president, will fight to keep it this way, even when he calls for tax increases on those struggling most.” [Washington Monthly, 1/17/12]

New York Times Editorial: “Mitt Romney, Class Warrior”. According to an editorial from the New York Times, “Mr. Romney has been paying, by his own account, about 13 percent to 15 percent of his enormous income in federal income taxes. Just compare that with your own tax return.” [New York Times, 9/17/12]

Wall Street Journal Editorial: “Mitt Romney's 15%”. “When he recently visited the Journal, Mr. Romney all but said he didn't think he could propose a tax reform with lower rates because he'd be attacked as a rich guy. Well, Governor, you are a rich guy, and with the 15% news, you're going to be attacked anyway.” [Wall Street Journal, 1/19/12]

 

Terri Lynn Land Becomes Top Self-Funding Republican in Country By Funneling Nearly $3 Million From Land & Co. to Campaign
Jul. 10th 2014

LANSING – The wealthiest Senate candidate in the country, Terri Lynn Land, now can claim another title: top self-funding Republican candidate. Land has funneled $2.9 million from Land and Company to her campaign, which accounts for one-third of her total fundraising, but is still being secretive about ever working for the family business.

All this money is thanks to millions of dollars from Land & Co., the family business that Land denies ever working for despite reportedly touting her experience there at least 37 times. Land couldn't even answer why she was listed on her own campaign donations 38 times as “owner,” “special projects manager,” or “self-employed” at Land & Co.

Land received an email address, a car, and a cell phone from Land and Co and received “some benefits for work she did for the firm,” as Gongwer reports. Even her current Senate campaign website brags about the success of Land and Co. with no mention of her specific business.

“Terri Lynn Land is using nearly $3 million from Land and Co. to bury the secrets she's hiding as the #1 self-funding Republican in the country," said Kevin McAlister, MDP Senior Communications Advisor. “Land is clearly not interested in exposing her secrets about her past business experience. It's no wonder Michiganders don't trust Terri Lynn Land: she refuses to talk to them, refuses to debate, and hides behind her Land & Co. money in hopes of buying this election."

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Detroit News: Land “denies ever working for company despite contrary indications.” In recent interviews, Land has denied having an ownership or working connection to Land & Co. “I’ve never worked for Land & Co.,” Land told The Detroit News. “I’ve never owned the trailer park or never owned any of the businesses.” A Detroit News review of campaign contributions found 38 political donations Land made over 20 years in which her occupation is listed as an “owner,” “special projects manager” or “self-employed” at Land & Co. Fifteen of the donations listing ownership in Land & Co. were attributed to the nearly $166,000 she spent on her successful 2002 secretary of state campaign, records show. [Detroit News, 7/8/14]

Land is richest Senate candidate in 2014. “No. 1 on the Bloomberg list is Republican Terri Lynn Land of Michigan. When ranked by their net-worth midpoint, Land comes out at $32.8 million. Perdue follows at $31.7 million, and McConnell is third at $30.4 million… Land, a former Michigan secretary of state and past member of the Republican National Committee, reported that she and her husband had stocks, retirement accounts, a multistate real estate portfolio and other assets valued at between $31.6 million and $37.3 million. She listed $1 million to $2.4 million in debts for a line of credit and mortgages.” [Bloomberg, 7/8/14

Land Donated $2.9 Million to Her U.S. Senate Campaign. “Former Michigan Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land on Wednesday reported raising $3.4 million — including a $1.2 million gift to herself — in the three-month period ending June 30 in her race to become the state’s next U.S. senator. […] Land’s contribution brings to $2.9 million the amount of her own money she has put into the race.” [Detroit Free Press, 7/9/14

Land Received Some Benefits for Work She Did for Land & Company. “Republican U.S. Senate candidate has sought to distance herself from her family's real estate firm, Land & Company, asserting she has never worked for it, but a published report Tuesday indicates she did in fact carry a title and receive some benefits for work she did for the firm.” [Gongwer, 7/8/14]

Why is Terri Lynn Land Afraid of Revealing How Much Money Land and Co. Is Funneling to Her Campaign?
Jul. 9th 2014

LANSING - The wealthiest Senate candidate in the country, Terri Lynn Land, is now refusing to reveal how much Land and Company money she used to self-fund her campaign this quarter. Her role with Land and Co. has enabled her to self-fund more than $1.6 million already, while she has come under scrutiny for lying about her affiliation to her family's company.

Land is being secretive about funneling Land and Co. profits to run her campaign, and denied ever working at Land and Co. after scrutiny of her business record started heating up. In fact, she touted her small business experience working for Land and Co. at least 37 times.

Land couldn’t explain why she was listed as an “owner,” “special projects manager” or “self-employed” at Land and Co. on political donations she made. She was using Land and Co. as her employer on campaign donations from 1990-2010.

Land received an email address, a car, and a cell phone from Land and Co and received “some benefits for work she did for the firm,” as Gongwer reports. Even her current Senate campaign website brags about the success of Land and Co. with no mention of her specific business.

“What is Terri Lynn Land hiding by refusing to reveal how much Land and Co. money she’s funneling to self-fund her campaign?” asked Kevin McAlister, MDP Senior Communications Advisor. “The Detroit News raised serious questions about Land's wealth and businesses, which goes to show why Land is avoiding the public, reporters, and refuses to debate. Michiganders deserve to know what secrets Land is hiding with her business practices."

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Detroit News: Land “denies ever working for company despite contrary indications.” In recent interviews, Land has denied having an ownership or working connection to Land & Co. “I’ve never worked for Land & Co.,” Land told The Detroit News. “I’ve never owned the trailer park or never owned any of the businesses.” A Detroit News review of campaign contributions found 38 political donations Land made over 20 years in which her occupation is listed as an “owner,” “special projects manager” or “self-employed” at Land & Co. Fifteen of the donations listing ownership in Land & Co. were attributed to the nearly $166,000 she spent on her successful 2002 secretary of state campaign, records show. [Detroit News, 7/8/14]

Land is richest Senate candidate in 2014. “No. 1 on the Bloomberg list is Republican Terri Lynn Land of Michigan. When ranked by their net-worth midpoint, Land comes out at $32.8 million. Perdue follows at $31.7 million, and McConnell is third at $30.4 million… Land, a former Michigan secretary of state and past member of the Republican National Committee, reported that she and her husband had stocks, retirement accounts, a multistate real estate portfolio and other assets valued at between $31.6 million and $37.3 million. She listed $1 million to $2.4 million in debts for a line of credit and mortgages.” [Bloomberg, 7/8/14]

Land Received Some Benefits for Work She Did for Land & Company. “Republican U.S. Senate candidate has sought to distance herself from her family's real estate firm, Land & Company, asserting she has never worked for it, but a published report Tuesday indicates she did in fact carry a title and receive some benefits for work she did for the firm.” [Gongwer, 7/8/14]

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Publish Date: 
Thursday, August 29, 2013
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