Michigan Democrats Demand Investigation of Land Finances

Frank Beckmann, from Detroit radio station 760 WJR, said that he couldn't believe Land is denying her business experience at Land and Company.

“I have no idea why Terri Lynn Land doesn’t say, ‘I was an executive in my family’s company.’ I don’t get it. I don't understand why. I think she should. It makes no sense. I don’t understand her whole campaign, quite frankly.”

Land could face a civil fine of up to $1,000 if she did lie about her employment at Land & Company and could be forced to reimburse the secretary of state for all expenses from the audit.

The Detroit Free Press first reported that Land doesn't have enough assets that would give her the ability to self-fund $2.9 million legally.

Johnson said Land could have used her husband's Land & Company money, but that would break the law because her husband could only donate a total of $5,200.

Paul Ryan, senior counsel with the Campaign Legal Center, told the Free Press, "If a noncandidate spouse gives money to a candidate spouse to influence that candidate’s election, it’s subject to contribution limit.”

“This raises a red flag for me,” said Ryan. “A candidate suddenly coming into possession of several million dollars raises questions for me.”

If Land violated campaign finance law, she could face a civil penalty of as much as $5.8 million, which is twice the amount of the excessive contribution of $2.9 million minus the $5,200 legally permissible contribution.

"As a former top elections official, Ms. Land should know better, but as a candidate to replace Carl Levin, she should be following the basic letter of the law that's required,” said Johnson.

“Sadly, Ms. Land doesn't think the rules apply to her so we are left with no choice than to pursue a full accounting and investigation of her finances at the state and federal level.”

At the end of what will be the most important day of Land’s political career, the first Tuesday in November 2014, Sabato doesn’t think the Michigan Democrats have much to worry about.

“Despite the national climate, nothing we’ve seen here suggests that Land is the candidate to break the pattern of recent history,” he wrote. “Rep. Gary Peters, the presumptive Democratic nominee, appears fairly well positioned about a month before Labor Day."