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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

"Deceptive" Schuitmaker Mailer Using Colbeck Sent From Secret Organization Run By GOP Power Broker With Ties To Radical Dem AG Candidate Dana Nessel






By Brandon Hall
(Email Him At WestMIPolitics@Gmail.com)

A 501c4 supporting State Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker's campaign for Attorney General, the "Serving Michigan Fund," recently sent out a mailer to Republican Precinct Delegates many believe implied she was supported by State Senator Patrick Colbeck. 

Some are calling it deceptive.

While most 501c4 donors aren't known, sometimes corporations disclose donations in their own reports. 

Donors to Schuitmaker's Serving Michigan Fund include $2,500 from RJ Reynolds tobacco company, and $500 from CVS(Lawmakers like to use the secret funds for a number of reasons, one obviously being that nearly $3,000 from big tobacco doesn't look good on a campaign finance report.)


It turns out, the man running the secretive organization (which does not disclose its donors) is longtime Lansing power broker Richard McLellan.

Interestingly enough, McLellan has ties to radical Democrat Attorney General candidate Dana Nessel.

Nessel has made headlines for, among other things, promoting the fact that she doesn't have a penis as a reason to vote for her. 

She is a radical feminist, abortion extremist, and was a gift from God to whoever the wins the Republican nomination for Attorney General. (She would be the first openly gay statewide elected official in Michigan history.)

McLellan and Nessel ran a pro gay rights ballot initiative together in 2016.

According to the Detroit News:

"The Fair Michigan campaign will propose a constitutional amendment enshrining anti-discrimination protections for gay, lesbian, transgender and bisexual residents in housing, the workplace and public accommodations.

Dana Nessel, the Detroit attorney who led the case to overturn Michigan’s gay marriage ban, said Friday she will co-chair the ballot campaign with Republican Lansing attorney Richard McLellan."


The group's proposal did not make the ballot.

Former RNC Committeeman and State Rep. Dave Agema blasted the mailers. He says Colbeck's conservative credentials are sought after, and Schuitmaker was hoping to capitalize.


"It's deceptive," Agema told West Michigan Politics. "It shows that Tonya wants to be associated with the most conservative gubernatorial candidate. It's a compliment to Colbeck. She wanted her face with Colbeck."

The mailer focused on sanctuary city policy, one of the areas Colbeck and Schuitmaker agree and have worked together.

Schuitmaker should have listened to Colbeck when he tried to stop her from passing Common Core:



Schuitmaker has been labeled desperate by many political observers, never quite being able to stop Speaker Tom Leonard's momentum in the race since it started. 

Leonard has won nearly every single straw poll of Republican leaders and grassroots activists taken across the state since the campaign kicked off last September.

Schuitmaker's low point so far is debatable, but her bizarre attack on Leonard over Common Core legislation SHE supported and he did not takes the cake in my book. Bridge Magazine called her outrageous ad "hypocritical." 

View the mailers below:



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Brandon Hall is a lifelong political nerd from Grand Haven, and is the Managing Editor of West Michigan Politics.

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11th District DRAMA: Kerry Serves Rocky With $10 Million Lawsuit For Defamation Over Military Service Comments (At A Debate!)

Bentivolio, left, Rocky, right





By Brandon Hall
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Former Congressman Kerry Bentivolio is fighting hard to win back his old Congressional seat after Rep. David Trott's retirement, and he is upset with what one of his opponents allegedly said about his military service record.

Bentivolio filed a lawsuit in the Oakland County Circuit Court seeking $10 million in damages for comments  Rocky Raczkowski, who is also running, allegedly made claiming that Bentivolio has lied about his military service record.


Raczkowski is a businessman in the metro Detroit area.

According to the Detroit Free Press:

"Bentivolio's lawyer, commentator and author Debbie Schlussel, said she has statements from people documenting that Raczkowski, a former state representative and retired lieutenant colonel in the Army Reserves, has made false claims about Bentivolio’s record and several medals his military record shows he received. Bentivolio served in the Army and later in the National Guard.

Schlussel said Bentivolio – who did receive a Vietnam Campaign Medal with two Bronze Stars for his service in the Army in the 1970s – never made those claims.

“Rocky is a liar,” Schlussel said.

“I have brought it up lately because he demeaned my military service,” Raczkowski said of Bentivolio. He added that the lawsuit was served on him at a debate Monday night at the Emagine Novi theater by a retired military man in uniform. Military rules prohibit the wearing of uniforms to political events even by retired personnel."


Wow.

(The fact that Debbie Schlussel filed the lawsuit, which is likely to be thrown out, is certainly telling given her history of outrageous slander, libel, and lies.)

Stay tuned!

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Brandon Hall is a lifelong political nerd from Grand Haven, and is the Managing Editor of West Michigan Politics.


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Modern Family, Detroit Style: Conyers III Unlikely To Make Ballot In 13th District Race To Replace His Father After His Cousin Challenges Signatures



By Brandon Hall
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John Conyers III, son of embattled former Congressman John Conyers, is not expected to make the ballot after failing to file enough valid signatures.

The news broke Wednesday afternoon and is expected to be made official later in the week.

The signatures were challenged by his cousin, State Sen. Ian Conyers, who is also seeking the seat...

According to the Detroit News:

"John Conyers III does not have enough valid voter signatures to qualify for the congressional race to replace his father, resigned U.S. Rep. John Conyers, according to elections staff at the Wayne County Clerk’s Office.

Clerk Cathy Garrett is expected to make a final decision by Friday after staff recommended she keep Conyers III off the Aug. 7 Democratic primary ballot in the 13th Congressional District.

The review was prompted by a formal petition challenge filed by an attorney for State Sen. Ian Conyers, D-Detroit, the former congressman’s great nephew who is also running for the seat.

Conyers III submitted 1,914 petition signatures to qualify for primary ballot as a candidate for a full two-year term that begins in January, but only 905 were valid, according to a staff report from the Wayne County Elections Division.

Congressional candidates need 1,000 valid signatures to qualify under state law, and Conyers III’s petition should be deemed “insufficient,” staff said."

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Brandon Hall is a lifelong political nerd from Grand Haven, and is the Managing Editor of West Michigan Politics.


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Monday, May 14, 2018

MIRS: Schuette Getting Hammered From All Sides On Secret Virgin Islands Land Deals

Schuette







By Brandon Hall
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Reactions to the scandal involving Attorney General Schuette's secret luxury real estate empire and his use of state employees to help him with it have come in from across the political spectrum.

From his Republican opponents in the Governor's race, to Democrats anxious to make the news an issue for the fall, the response was brutal.

According to MIRS:

"Democrats and all of his Republican gubernatorial opponents took turns verbally battering GOP frontrunner Bill SCHUETTE today for not being upfront about inherited property he was managing in the Virgin Islands while in office as Attorney General.

Despite annually releasing his tax returns and claiming other assets were being handled in a blind trust, the son of a Dow heiress has never mentioned he has a one-third share of a family company that earned $7.2 million in land sales in 2012 and 2013.

Also, until today, he's never mentioned that a LLC he owns, Ditleff Point Lots, owns two empty lots in the Virgin Islands that are for sale for a combined $4 million.

While clearly nothing illegal is afoot, Schuette's challengers were taken aback that for as much as the candidate talks about transparency, he was less than forthcoming about these facts when Brian CALLEY confronted him about it during Thursday's Michigan Press Association forum.

"It appears that he's running a real estate practice out of the AG's Office," said Republican Patrick COLBECK, a reference to the Attorney General staff that has signed documents for Schuette in these personal matters.

He said like the questionable background behind the new Senate Office building, Schuette's avoidance of the true story speaks to public integrity and "that is a matter of public concern."

..."Not only did Schuette fail to disclose, he repeatedly lied to the press about his knowledge of this property," Hines said...

Democrats and their allies tried to paint the failure of disclosure and the use of state-paid staff as a "pattern of abuse," by roping in the hiring of political operatives into the Attorney General's Office.

"Using taxpayer-funded staff to assist you with personal financial transactions is the height of shady behavior, especially from the state's top law enforcement official," said Lonnie SCOTT, executive director of Progress Michigan.

A progressive PAC called "American Bridge" got into the act, as well, by calling out the Schuette campaign for again spotlighting President Donald TRUMP's endorsement of his campaign.

"After Bill Schuette was caught red-handed lying about his assets yesterday, his campaign hit the panic button and rehashed an endorsement that they already announced months ago," said American Bridge spokesperson Zach HUDSON...."

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Brandon Hall is a lifelong political nerd from Grand Haven, and is the Managing Editor of West Michigan Politics.

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Courser Blasts Schuette For Hypocrisy Over Secret Luxury Real Estate Empire Scandal



By Brandon Hall
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Former State Rep. Todd Courser blasted Attorney General Schuette after news broke regarding Schuette's secret luxury real estate empire, as well as the fact he used state employees on state time to help with multiple deals.

Courser says it's hypocritical.

"Hypocrisy Much This is Too Rich....I'm being prosecuted by Schuette for "misconduct in office" its MCL750.505 for supposedly asking a state employee who was off state time to send out a email that supposedly deceived taxpayers," Courser said in a Facebook statement..

"The Speaker of the State House said its not a crime because the employee was off state time, the House counsel said it was not a crime because the employee was off state time, the House Chief of Staff said it was not a crime because the employee was off state time, the House Business Office Director said it was not a crime because the employee was off state time, The Attorney General in Michigan Bill Schuette said it was a crime because he said it was and he said it as he uses his government staff secretly to conduct the review of documents and conduct a closing on a 7.2 million dollar Virgin Island Estate for himself personally and then he lies to the taxpayers about it? But some that is not a crime? Of course no one will prosecute him for it. Too Rich.."

Courser continues to fight the AG's office in court over the charges in a case that has gone on for over two years now.

I will say this... Imagine how the establishment would react if Courser and Gamrat used state employees to help with secret real estate deals while in their official office, AND on state time!? They'd go NUTS! The investigation would have already started! 💯 💯 💯
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Brandon Hall is a lifelong political nerd from Grand Haven, and is the Managing Editor of West Michigan Politics.

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Watch: El Sayed To Colbeck: Muslims HATE You!



El Sayed, left, Colbeck, right


By Brandon Hall
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Imagine if State Sen. Patrick Colbeck told Abdul El Sayed, " you may not hate Christians, but Christians definitely hate you."

People would call for him to resign from his senate seat, drop out of the Governor's race, and apologize!
But it's radio silence mostly after Abdul told him, "you may not hate Muslims, but Muslims definitely hate you" last week at the Michigan Press Association forum featuring the candidates for Governor from both parties.

Too his credit, El Sayed has since apologized, though the fact he would make such a statement in the first place is interesting.

Watch the exchange below:


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Brandon Hall is a lifelong political nerd from Grand Haven, and is the Managing Editor of West Michigan Politics.

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State Senator Bill Schuette's "Michigan Financial Disclosure Act" Proposal Included Real Estate Deals

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By Brandon Hall
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Legislation proposed by Attorney General Bill Schuette when he was a State Senator in 2001 would have required disclosure of the luxury real estate empire he has kept secret for decades.

Schuette initially lied when confronted about the property last week, but his campaign later backtracked and confirmed the allegations were true. Schuette was then caught using state employees to help with the deals while on state time, in his official office.

The revelations come despite Schuette's promise to put all of his financial assets in a blind trust.

In 2001, Schuette proposed the Michigan Financial Disclosure Act just two years after he formed Vircom.

The law required Michigan's top elected officials to disclose financial information and assets, including the exact type of property Schuette has been selling but claims he didn't need to disclose..

The proposal never moved out of the Senate.

Here are parts of the law:


Another mention of real estate:









The disclosure would be required of the Attorney General:




Schuette's team falsely equivocated his secret, multi-property real estate empire with the sale of a personal home that was public knowledge while trying to fight back on Friday. 

In doing so, they spread misleading information regarding Governor Snyder.


Snyder kept his personal, private home (which was public knowledge) outside of the blind trust he used, and had a long time aide who knew him before he was Governor sign the paperwork when it was sold--off state time, and outside of his office.

The idea that these two things are in any way CLOSE to the same is absurd...

Will Schuette deny he authored the financial disclosure proposal like he denied selling the properties?

(By the way, Schuette's own law exempts a sale like Snyder's, but not the kind of deals he was involved in.)

Stay tuned!
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Brandon Hall is a lifelong political nerd from Grand Haven, and is the Managing Editor of West Michigan Politics.

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