July 9, 2014 at 10:56 pm

Land contributes $1.2M to her campaign for U.S. Senate, outraises Peters

Terri Lynn Land (Todd McInturf / The Detroit News)

Washington— GOP candidate Terri Lynn Land continues to outraise Democratic opponent U.S. Rep. Gary Peters in Michigan’s U.S. Senate race after she made a $1.2 million personal contribution to her campaign, according to statements on second-quarter fundraising the campaigns released Wednesday.

The campaign of the Grand Rapids-area former secretary of state will report raising $3.35 million in the second quarter — $2.15 million in donations raised and a $1.2 million contribution from Land, spokeswoman Heather Swift said.

The comments came after the Bloomfield Township Democrat said Wednesday his Senate campaign will record its best-ever quarter, raising $1.96 million in the three months ending June 30.

The Peters campaign said it received donations from more than 10,300 new supporters and two-thirds of his support came from donations of less than $25. The candidates seek to replace retiring Sen. Carl Levin, D-Detroit.

The Peters campaign raised $1.35 million in the first three months of the year, compared with Land’s $1.5 million during the same period. With the new tally, it means Peters has raised nearly $7 million since announcing his bid last year.

“Whether it’s his strong background of business and military service or his proven record as an independent voice for Michigan, Gary Peters continues to gain exciting grassroots momentum in this race,” Peters for Michigan Campaign Manager Paul Tencher said. “Our campaign is building a powerful team of thousands of Michigan middle-class families, small business owners, veterans, and students who know that Gary is the only one they can count on to put Michigan first.”

Land said she now has cash on hand topping $5.25 million.

“Terri Lynn Land has outraised Congressman Peters every quarter because Michiganders are looking for a U.S. senator who will put Michigan first and stop the job-killing policies that are coming from Congressman Peters and his allies in Washington, D.C.,” Swift said. “Michiganders cannot trust Congressman Peters because he has consistently voted for job-killing policies, tax increases, and sold out Michigan jobs.”

Land’s campaign said in April her total fundraising has topped $5 million — including personal funds —so the second-quarter fundraising promises to bring her total to more than $8.35 million. Through June 30, Land has now chipped in $2.9 million of her own money.

Both campaigns have been doing significant fundraising. Last month, Land was in Washington for two days of fundraisers to raise tens of thousands of dollars.

Land held a luncheon fundraiser on Capitol Hill featuring the entire Senate Republican leadership including Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Ky., Minority Whip John Cornyn, Texas, along with Sens. John Thune, S.D., John Barrasso, Wyo., Roy Blunt, Mo., and Jerry Moran, Kan., according to an invitation obtained by The Detroit News.

Peters is to take part in a fundraiser near Lake Tahoe, Nev., in August with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn. The Aug. 15-17 event at a resort, spa and casino costs $10,000 to attend.


Peters (John L. Russell / Special to Detroit News)