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Terri Lynn Land addresses Republican Michigan Convention (2010)
Who knew that "Terri Lynn Land" was actually an anagram of "Willard Mitt Romney"? Like her more-famous fellow Michigander, Land hails from a very wealthy family. And just like Mitt, it turns out that she also pays well below her fair share in taxes. In fact, she makes Romney's accountants look like chumps. It turns out that Rep. Gary Peters, Land's Democratic opponent in Michigan's Senate race, paid an effective federal income tax rate of 18 to 19 percent over the last three years, and even Romney paid 13 percent. Land, however, paid less than 3 percent!
Comparison of federal income tax rates between Gary Peters and Terri Lynn Land, 2011-2013
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But wait a minute. Didn't I tell you Land was loaded? Yes, yes she is! In fact, her family's worth at least $35 million, and she's self-funded her campaign to the tune of $3 million so far. So how is it that she made "just" $90,000 last year and "only" half that the year before? Simple: By having it both ways.

You see, Land's husband, Dan Hibma, is loaded. But obviously Land doesn't want to look quite as out-of-touch as Romney always did, so she's filed her taxes separately in recent years—hence the suspiciously low income. However, as a candidate for federal office, she's still required to disclose all her assets, including property held together with her spouse, something she rather pointedly failed to do. (It was "inadvertent," her campaign said. Oh, undoubtedly!)

What made this non-disclosure so glaring is, of course, that series of checks adding up to $3 million that she's written to herself. Nowhere in her financial reports did Land indicate she had control of any bank accounts or other assets that would allow her to spend so freely. She did eventually amend her disclosures to include a fat checking account shared with her husband, but that just raised the question of where those funds came from in the first place: Candidates can spend joint assets without limit, but one spouse can't simply funnel money to another for use on a campaign.

And these latest revelations about Land's tax rates only heighten her contradictions further. As congressional scholar Norm Ornstein put it, Land is trying to sell an image that she's "salt of the earth" while at the same time pouring big bucks of unknown provenance into her own campaign coffers. But paying an ultra-low tax rate only calls more unwanted attention to Land's too-modest income and incomplete disclosures about her wealth.

All the negative news stories in the world, though, don't change the fact that Land is still more than capable of out-spending Peters, no matter what kind of games she's playing with her finances.

So please give $3 to Gary Peters today to help him level the playing field against Land.

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  •  I gotta get back to work (8+ / 0-)

    so Terri Lynn Land can afford her tax free life!!!

    There are only two kinds of Republicans: Millionaires and fools.

    by deh on Wed Aug 20, 2014 at 04:38:23 PM PDT

    •  She's One A Dem Dere Takers I've Been (0+ / 0-)

      hearing about...I was paying close to 40% of my paychecks out for 30 yrs .....gosh!

      But it was my choice to work in restaurants, with no HC,Pension,Union, but the food was good.

      Unfortunately what I paid in for SS, Medicaid/Medicare
      by definition wasn't much.

      Shoulda not graduated college, then I'd be entitled to be Governor, oh wait, I have a soul.  

  •  Even with out hubbie (9+ / 0-)

    Paying $2,000 on earnings of $90,000 still looks really bad. None the less can I get her accountant's phone number in case I get rich some day.

    •  Really (6+ / 0-)

      I'd like to pay that. We didn't make much more than that last year, from multiple sources including my husband's military retirement and SS, and we paid WAY more than $2k in federal taxes.

      We paid more than that in STATE taxes.

      I'd like to know how much her husband made, and how much HE paid.

    •  My first thought too... (3+ / 0-)
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      dewtx, zane, MPociask

      I'd love to have her tax rate (and her "magic" accountant.) My wife and I paid about 8x that rate on a very similar income in 2013 and we had pretty good deductions for a middle-class couple with no kids.

      It sounds to me like her accountant got a little more "creative" than she might be comfortable with right now. The problem is that now, the more she tries to sweep it under the rug, the more people will ask why, and that just can't be good for her in the end, no matter what comes to light.

      Let's just hope everything comes out before November.

      Strategy without tactics is the slowest route to victory, tactics without strategy is the noise before defeat. Sun Tzu The Art of War

      by Stwriley on Wed Aug 20, 2014 at 07:03:39 PM PDT

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    •  Twice as much income and (0+ / 0-)

      only a small amount more paid in taxes?  I'd want to see what she claimed in deductions to manage that, if I lived in her district.  If she's worth so much, where does she keep it so it doesn't make any reportable income?  Rather a smelly situation, I'd say.

  •  Given the extreme (2+ / 0-)
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    Rikon Snow, dewtx

    Swiss cheese-like appearance of the U.S. Tax Code, it's fairly easy for someone with a reasonable amount of disposable income to pay taxes, if any, at a very low rate.

    Add in a decent accountant, a higher level of income, and the sleaziness of the Republican machine, and I'm surprised she paid as much as 3%. Although it does sound in your excellent comments as if she was, erm, just a touch remiss in all those silly things like full disclosure.

    The solution is to reform the tax code, and that requires electing Democrats who will work for the body politic, not attempt to dissect it while it still lives.

    Also, I am so very tired of Republican women who insist upon appearing in public in very unflattering shades of red. Just because Nancy Reagan did it, they all follow along in lock-step. Too.

    Every woman should have a blowtorch. -- Julia Child

    by Mnemosyne on Wed Aug 20, 2014 at 04:55:32 PM PDT

  •  We used to call them hypocrites. (5+ / 0-)

    Now, we call them Republicans.

    A drowning man can not learn to swim. -- Chris Lonsdale

    by Rikon Snow on Wed Aug 20, 2014 at 04:55:59 PM PDT

  •  Hmmm, seems like one of those women... (4+ / 0-)
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    Rikon Snow, deh, dewtx, buffie

    managed to escape Mitt's binders.

    I ride the wild horse .

    by BelgianBastard on Wed Aug 20, 2014 at 04:58:06 PM PDT

  •  I live in Michigan and have had to suffer (4+ / 0-)
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    hamjudo, ChemBob, dewtx, MPociask

    TLL ideas. She took a well run Sec. of State office and closed offices, with the idea of making Super SOS offices. The only thing she achieved is to super size was the wait time, and to close SOS offices in college towns like East Lansing. Can't make it easy for college kid's to register to vote, they tend to vote for Dem's.

  •  If she disclosed the big checking acct to FEC (2+ / 0-)
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    dewtx, MPociask

    doesn't she also have to disclose it to the IRS/  And pay taxes on the interest (seriously, WHO has enough mondey to leave $3mil in a non-interest-bearing checking acct).

    What's the interest income on $3mil even at 0.01% (current at wells fargo for savings acct?)

    Oh, $30k!    Add that to her ~$90k income and she's gonna owe some more taxes...


    bonzo goes to bitburg should be required listening...

    by decitect on Wed Aug 20, 2014 at 05:12:44 PM PDT

  •  My salary in 2012 was $44,934 (3+ / 0-)
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    and I had interest income of about $4,500. I paid close to $4,000 in federal taxes, as well as state income tax of nearly $3,000, plus $3,500 in SS/Medicare taxes. That means I paid a total tax rate of about 23%    Even with just federal tax I paid 3 times as much as Land did.  Hey, MI relatives - remember what I told you about Snyder - never, ever vote for the Republican!

  •  No Self Funding> (0+ / 0-)
    Candidates can spend joint assets without limit, but one spouse can't simply funnel money to another for use on a campaign.

    I fail to see how a rich person buying an election with their own money is OK when it's not given them by a spouse. Rich people shouldn't have any advantage in campaigning. Starting with this insane "self funding". BTW, where did the riches come from? How does that not hide bribery?

    Campaign funding should be shared equally among all candidates registered in a given race. In a single bank account. Anyone should be free to give as much in contributions as they want, including the candidates themselves. But only to all the candidates equally.

    Then the only contributions will be the little given to ensure that everyone has a chance to have their voice heard. Most campaign communications will come from independent coverage, like news reports, though websites (which are pretty cheap) will enable anyone to tell their own story, even in barely funded races. And no more bribery, no more $BILLION elections distorting everything. And an end to so much corruption that comes from the current bribery system.

    "When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro." - HST

    by DocGonzo on Wed Aug 20, 2014 at 09:06:47 PM PDT

  •  Another day, another billion dollars (0+ / 0-)

    wasted in Michigan.  When will this story make the national news????
    Could this be why the Koch brothers have fled the state???

    Change is a process, not an event. ~ Joellen Killion

    by sabathiel on Thu Aug 21, 2014 at 05:49:23 AM PDT

  •  Taxes (0+ / 0-)

    Yes, but on the other hand it's 3% more than she thinks she should pay!

  •  "But . . . but . . . Obamacare!" (0+ / 0-)

    — Land's Campaign

  •  Ah, another nail in the coffin of her campaign. (3+ / 0-)
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    I personally find nothing appealing about her including her ads. Most of her ads here seem to be Koch funded. Terri, remind us again there is no GOP war on women.

    Never promote men who seek after a state-established religion; it is spiritual tyranny--the worst of despotism. It is turnpiking the way to heaven by human law, in order to establish ministerial gates to collect toll. John Leland

    by J Edward on Mon Aug 25, 2014 at 12:49:41 PM PDT

    •  Land's ads (2+ / 0-)
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      Have you seen all Land's ads?  Some of them are really lame, including one of the first ones (where she suggested that because she is a woman, she obviously was better at taking care of women's issues than Gary Peters).  This ad was pulled very quickly because it was so idiotic.

      One of her latest ads is not much better.

      I think she's trying to save money by hiring cheap PR people.

      •  Lame is all I expect from any GOP ad anywhere. (0+ / 0-)

        Never promote men who seek after a state-established religion; it is spiritual tyranny--the worst of despotism. It is turnpiking the way to heaven by human law, in order to establish ministerial gates to collect toll. John Leland

        by J Edward on Mon Aug 25, 2014 at 05:47:21 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

      •  Just now on MSNBC Maddow show there was a (1+ / 0-)
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        Koch Land commercial which tied her into the Detroit Pet Coke pile that polluted the area and a dangerous chemical company in MI. It was a killer ad.

        Never promote men who seek after a state-established religion; it is spiritual tyranny--the worst of despotism. It is turnpiking the way to heaven by human law, in order to establish ministerial gates to collect toll. John Leland

        by J Edward on Mon Aug 25, 2014 at 06:26:19 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

  •  Another wealthy thief. Another GOTP taker. (4+ / 0-)
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    hbk, nkrempa, reasonshouldrule, Silina

    Another republican hypocrite - oppressing the middle class and destroying American democracy to feed a sick addiction to hoarding money.

  •  Terry Lynn Lang (3+ / 0-)
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    hbk, reasonshouldrule, Silina

    Pure and simple--she's a thief.

  •  Republicans drill, "Be personally responsible!" (3+ / 0-)
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    nkrempa, reasonshouldrule, Silina


  •  Terri Lynn Land (2+ / 0-)
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    Silina, ptressel

    I'm from Michigan, and Land is a nightmare waiting to happen if she should win this Senate race.  She said she "forgot" she had the 3 million she just gave her campaign!

    She is also against paying women the same as men for doing the same jobs.  She stated that "women don't care about equal pay; they care more about flexibility."  Seriously, Terri Lynn?

    She was against the federal help for the auto industry.  Now that the auto industry is thriving, her view is coming back to haunt her.  Frankly, I don't think even the republicans here like her very much.  She embarrassed herself (and the party) by having a meltdown earlier this summer at Mackinac Island.   She struck out at the media covering the event and came off sounding--well--like a spoiled 3-year-old.

    Please, if you're from Michigan, DO NOT VOTE FOR LAND!  Gary Peters is strong, supports women, and will be a wonderful replacement for Carl Levin.  VOTE FOR GARY PETERS!

  •  Now there's... (0+ / 0-)

    your true definition of a fascist.

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    by JohnnieZ on Mon Aug 25, 2014 at 05:05:04 PM PDT

  •  This is definately something that the IRS and (1+ / 0-)
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    campaign officials should be looking into.

  •  NEWSFLASH! (0+ / 0-)

    Republican political candidate a tax-dodging piece of shit.

  •  So, it would seem that Harry Reid might very (0+ / 0-)

    well be correct when he said he knew for a fact that the hateful, hate filled, hate mongering, habitually lying republican Federal Tax evading liar Mitt Romney paid NO taxes in the previous ten years before the year he did allow us to look at. When the small fry pays 2.3 percent, the big fry pays zero percent. Never ever trust a republican, ever, they are liars and haters.

  •  f tll up the bu$$......... (0+ / 0-)

    Just another right wing piece of lying shirt!

  •  Tax theft by the 1%- (1+ / 0-)
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    One of the richest Americans, Warren Buffett, replies to that notion:

    “There’s class warfare, but it’s my class, the rich class, that’s making war, and we’re winning.”

  •  I'm so sick of these rich bitches not having to... (0+ / 0-)

    I'm so sick of these rich bitches not having to pay their share in taxes and EVERY SINGLE TIME the money comes up short because of it the answer is to take it out of the poor people's programs.Cut food stamps,social security,WIC,etc.and don't Dare mentiongiving working people higher wages and better benefits.But let's not raise taxes on the one's who can goddamned well afford to pay them to balance the books.Perish the thought!!

    Enough already!!!

  •  Nice work if you can get it, huh? (0+ / 0-)

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