Democrat Peters Raises $1M For 3rd Quarter In Row


LANSING (AP) - Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Gary Peters on Jan. 23 said he raised slightly more than $1 million for the third straight quarter in his bid to succeed retiring Sen. Carl Levin.

The third-term congressman from suburban Detroit will wait to file his report due Jan. 31, including how much his campaign spent in the last quarter and how much money he had available at year's end. His campaign said most of the money came from Michigan donors and includes no personal financing from Peters.

Earlier this month, Republican Terri Lynn Land said she raised nearly $1.7 million in the last quarter, $600,000 of it her own money. Like Peters, the former two-term secretary of state from the Grand Rapids area also will wait to disclose detailed information.

Peters' campaign manager Julie Petrick said his 11,000-plus contributions came from residents in all 83 counties.

As of late September, Land had $1.9 million on hand and Peters had $2.5 million. Land is among the top self-funders running for Senate in the 2014 election cycle, according to political money-tracking website OpenSecrets.org.

The two have been evenly matched in polls for Michigan's first open Senate seat in 20 years, with Land outraising Peters from October through December by kicking in more of her own dollars.

The race so far has centered on the federal health care law. But Democrats recently have criticized Land for not calling on her fellow Republican National Committee member from Michigan, Dave Agema, to step down for making anti-Muslim and anti-gay remarks. He is skipping this week's RNC meeting in Washington, and leading Michigan Republicans have criticized him or said he should resign.

"I have made it very clear that I do not support discrimination of any kind, and I believe that all people deserve to be treated with dignity and respect," Land said in a statement. "`Dave and I have had private conversations, he knows that we disagree, and I do not support him on this matter."

Peters tweeted Thursday that "it is the failure of leadership to agree to disagree on racism & bigotry."

By Friday Land issued a press release asking Agema to step down.


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