My plan supports trade agreements that put Michigan businesses and workers on a level playing field with other countries.

— Terri Lynn Land

Another Day, Another Report of Gary Peters’ Outsourcing

By on July 31, 2014 |


Washington Examiner: Michigan Democratic Senate
Candidate Backed Company That Outsourced

(GRAND RAPIDS, MI) July 31, 2014 – It has been more than a week since the Detroit News exposed Democrat Gary Peters for allowing a state contract to be outsourced to China under his watch.  Today, the Washington Examiner published a report detailing Peters’ role in lobbying for an earmark and tax credit on behalf of a company that outsourced Michigan jobs to Mexico and then went bankrupt.  So far Gary Peters has been silent, refusing to answer questions about his role in outsourcing.

“What does Gary Peters have to hide? If he in fact did not outsource, he would want to set the record straight, but the fact that he won’t speak up raises even more questions about his role in outsourcing Michigan jobs,” said Heather Swift, Land campaign spokeswoman.

The Washington Examiner
Michigan Democratic Senate candidate backed company that outsourced

“Rep. Gary Peters’ role in securing an earmark and a tax credit for a now-bankrupt solar panel company could become a point of contention in Michigan’s hard-fought Senate race. In 2009, Peters, the presumptive Democratic nominee, worked with fellow Michiganders Sen. Carl Levin and Rep. Mark Schauer to secure a $1.2 million earmark for United Solar Ovonic, a now-bankrupt solar panel manufacturer. Peters also supported the company’s successful efforts to secure a $13.3 million tax credit from the stimulus program.

“The backers of that loan might have meant to support Michigan jobs. But United Solar Ovonic, after getting the earmark and the loan, proceeded to furlough 400 workers and eventually went bankrupt. Meanwhile, Green World Investor reported that Energy Conversion Devices was ‘joining the rest of its peers as it cuts down jobs in the USA and increases production in Mexico’ — in other words, outsourcing.”

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Washington Free Beacon: Peters Ally Says Nuclear Iran No Threat

By on July 30, 2014 |

One of Michigan Democratic Rep. Gary Peters’ largest campaign donors does not consider nuclear Iran a threat.

Peters has raked in thousands of dollars from the Council for a Livable World, peace activists with a history of controversial positions. The group has contributed more than $13,000 to the three-term congressman’s campaign and features a prominent endorsement of the Democrat on its website.

“Gary Peters wants to see a rapid end to the war in Afghanistan and smarter Pentagon spending,” the council says in its endorsement of Peters.

The council has spent nearly $300,000 on the 2014 cycle after contributing more than $500,000 in 2012. All of that money went to Democrats, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

The council has long supported Peters, endorsing him in his first congressional run in 2008. Peters, a Navy reservist, has lived up to the group’s ideology, especially on defense spending cuts. He voted against a $633 billion defense budget in 2012 that would have also provided hundreds of millions of dollars for Israel’s Iron Dome defense system.

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Real Clear Politics Moves Michigan to “Toss Up” from “Lean Democrat”

By on July 29, 2014 |

After the New York Times and CBS News revealed their latest battleground tracking poll that showed Republican Terri Lynn Land leading Democrat Gary Peters in Michigan, the political prognosticators at Real Clear Politics moved the Michigan Senate race from a “Leans Dem” race to a “Toss Up,” further proving that Terri Lynn Land has the momentum in the race.

“We’re not surprised at all that Terri Lynn Land has the momentum,” said Heather Swift, Land campaign spokeswoman. “Terri is talking about how she will cut spending, balance the budget, create jobs and put Michigan First–meanwhile, Gary Peters is a typical D.C. politician who has voted to outsource billions of dollars overseas. The more Michigan voters find out about Gary Peters, the less they like him.”