Land pours $650K into Senate campaign
Former Michigan Secretary of State Terri Lynn has poured another $650,000 of her own money into her campaign for the U.S. Senate, bringing her self-funding total to $3.55 million, according to the most recent Federal Election Commission report.
Land, a Republican who lives in Byron Center, is battling Democratic U.S. Rep. Gary Peters of Bloomfield Township for the U.S. Senate seat from which Carl Levin of Detroit is retiring after 36 years. It’s one of the key races that will determine if Republicans win U.S. Senate control from Democrats, who now have the majority.
The FEC report shows Land has taken in $11.9 million in campaign contributions, including $6.8 million from individual contributors, just over $1 million from political action committees, just under $47,000 from GOP-affiliated groups and $500,000 from other sources.
Land’s father, wealthy west Michigan businessman Paul Land, has given nearly $1 million to a political action committee that’s independent of her campaign but is buying Michigan television ads supportive of her that criticize Peters. He gave $500,000 in early September and another $450,000 on Oct. 1, according to FEC records.
Finance reports for Peters indicate his campaign has raised $9.5 million, including $7.3 million from individuals and just under $2 million from political action committees. Peters hasn’t contributed any of his own money to his campaign and received just under $300,000 from other sources.