Though many may be casting a protest vote, it won't likely be for Mark Schauer
We police our own, but fact of the matter is that Democrat Mark Schauer had the biggest campaign finance violation and fine that Michigan has seen to date. In 2007 former RM editor and operator Nick DeLeeuw noted the unmitigated gall of Schauer, and the 22 counts of his election violations:
“Here’s how it worked. Schauer decided to go ahead and raise a bunch of illegal campaign cash. He received illegal money from Democrats including Carl Williams, Alexander Lipsey, Bob Schockman, Gretchen Whitmer, Mickey Switalski, Buzz Thomas, Liz Brater, Mike Prusi, Gilda Jacobs, Glenn Anderson and Mark Slavens and then pitched in $187,000 himself. Mind you, the limit is $20,000.
Once the Democrats realized they’d been discovered each of the folks who currently serve in the legislature went ahead and asked for refunds. Essentially they said “oops, our mistake, don’t punish us for it!” Prusi, Whitmer, Switalski, Brater, Thomas, Slavens and Jacobs all took their illegal cash back, essentially admitting they’d been caught with their hands in the cookie jar and trying to make things right (well after the fact).
But no such change of heart from Mark Schauer. When he breaks the law he stands by his criminal activity! And he stands by his man, too. Ken Brock, the anti-Semite who’s racist comments drew the ire of everyone in Michigan except Mark Schauer, was the Senator’s treasurer on this particular money laundering operation and signed all of the papers. “
The scheme was noted and investigated.
Two years later, the piper came-a-calling for the perpetrator:
Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land announced this week that Schauer has been hit with the largest punishment for campaign finance violations in the history of the state of Michigan! According to the Lansing State Journal:
The campaign fund of former Democratic state Sen. Mark Schauer of Battle Creek is paying the state $208,250 for improperly donating money to help elect Democrats to the Senate in 2006.
Over $200K in fines!
There is no question that the Michigan Democrats will be waiting and ready for the Snyder campaign to remind voters through television and radio of the criminality of Schauer’s political past. As Democrats, they are practiced at deflecting such truths. Am I right?
Indeed, while we try to hold our own candidates to higher standards, the Democrats are hardly crying about their choice of ‘usual suspects’ of course. And while they ignore the poor choices always made by progressives, they ignore the fact that their big kahuna flag bearer is concerned more with what happens in the GOP!
Recently revealed, are stories of Mark Schauer contaminating the Republican selection process. We can only imagine the excuse; “Hey I tried to vote Republican to make it up to the voters for my previous indiscretions!” ..and “I owe it to them.”
That’s OK.. we have enough of that already, thank you very much.