Billionaires Battle to Fill Seat Held by Senate Armed Services Chairman
“But what more should voters expect from the congressman who sold Michigan jobs for a California billionaire’s support?” said Swift.
It is true that Peters should expect to benefit from billionaire Steyer’s commitment to environmentalism and fighting climate change with government action.
Steyer plans to spend at least $50 million of his own money through his super PAC, NextGen Climate, to target Republicans, like Land, who he says doubt climate change science.
Steyer’s investment is expected to be matched by other environmentalists for a $100 million advertising sweep across seven states, including Michigan.
An FEC filing in late May showed NextGen Climate had already spent $53,000 on advertising targeting Land.
Steyer, who made his money by running a hedge fund, is also going after former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown, who is running for Senate in New Hampshire, and Florida Gov. Rick Scott. In Iowa, the group is going to talk about how climate change is affecting farmers.
Like Steyer, who has promised his NextGen Climate PAC won’t just hit their TV airwaves and Internet for a few weeks and run back home, Tim Phillips, the president of Americans for Prosperity, is committed to staying on the ground in Michigan and even knocking on a few doors.
He said the Michigan chapter of Americans for Prosperity would be carrying out grassroots organizing and participating in other aspects of the campaign such as phone banking and door-to-door visits to explain how they feel Obamacare is hurting middle-class families in Michigan.
“Although politicians like Gary Peters don’t want to hear it, there are millions of middle-class Americans just like Shannon (Wendt) who have had their peace of mind, healthcare and family budget upended by Obamacare,” Phillips said.
“We are committed to standing up for victims who have been hurt by this law and are forced to deal with higher insurance costs, lost access to doctors, and broken promises.”
The latest ad to hit the Internet and TVs across the state actually concentrates on the battle of the billionaires in the Michigan Senate race.
Steyer’s NextGen Climate PAC turned Land’s “Really?” ad — in which she wondered how anyone could accuse her of waging a war against women — against her May 9 as the PAC unveiled an Internet ad that capsulizes the battle between billionaires in Michigan.
NextGen Climate’s video team spliced their own ad into Land’s “Really?” ad to ask the question, “Which Senate candidate really works for billionaire special interests?”
In this ad, the PAC bankrolled by one billionaire, Tom Steyer, calls on Land to disavow her association with the billionaire Koch brothers and “publicly oppose their efforts to bring their dirty tar sands byproducts back to Michigan.”