New GOTV Ad Featuring Creepy Bill Schuette Video Urges Michigan Women to Vote Nov. 6

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American Bridge launched a new GOTV ad in Michigan today featuring the infamous video of Creepy Bill Schuette sexually harassing a female reporter. The original footage was released by American Bridge earlier this month. Since then, Schuette’s campaign has struggled to regain its footing.

Yesterday news broke that Schuette’s campaign was canceling most of their remaining television ads. But Schuette’s awful day didn’t stop there. Huffington Post reported yesterday that Schuette’s campaign lied about the video’s origin in an odd attempt at damage control. Schuette’s campaign originally tried to downplay the video’s significance, dismissing it as “heavily edited” and old news. Both those claims have now been proven false.

The GOTV ad featuring the video also highlights Schuette’s comments in a debate that his sexually harassing the reporter was simply him “trying to be funny.” The […]

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American Bridge Sends Possible FBI Suspect Bill Schuette a $456,400 Invoice For Money Owed To Taxpayers For Not Doing His Job

American Bridge sent possible FBI suspect Bill Schuette a $456,400 invoice today for wages he has collected for work he didn’t do. In the Republican primary, Schuette ran television ads criticizing his opponent for collecting a taxpayer funded salary while pursuing a Harvard degree. But an analysis reveals that Schuette’s charges were stunningly hypocritical given his own record of collecting tax dollars for work he did not appear to do.

As Michigan’s current Attorney General, Schuette receives an annual salary of $112,410. Between January 1, 2011, and July 5, 2018, Schuette would have been expected to have made $844,460.90 for his salary as Attorney General. According to an analysis by Michigan’s Republican Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley, of the 1,950 work days since Schuette took office, his calendar reveals 1,054 lax work days where either no items were listed on Schuette’s public calendar or only a handful of meetings/interviews/phone calls were listed. According to American Bridge calculations, this accounts […]

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American Bridge Launches First General Election Ad Against Possible FBI Suspect Bill Schuette

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GOP Lt. Governor Brian Calley: “I don’t think there is any question whatsoever that the Attorney General has broken the law for political purposes.”

American Bridge will launch its first ad of the general election tomorrow against new Republican nominee and possible FBI suspect Bill Schuette. The ad highlights how even Michigan Republicans believe voters can’t trust Bill Schuette.

Schuette has faced multiple scandals over his use of taxpayer resources for personal and political purposes. In May 2018, Crain’s Detroit reported that Schuette sold $7.2 million in Virgin Islands real estate while in office and used his Attorney General staff to notarize documents related to that sale. The reports prompted Republican Governor Rick Snyder to call the issue a serious matter and lead Ingham Country Prosecutor Carol Sieman to refer a request for a grand jury investigation to the FBI.
Then, last week, the Detroit Free Press reported that emails revealed that Schuette asked staffers to talk “presidential politics” on state time and […]

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Schuette Again Gives Lip Service to Flint Victims While Working to Deny Them Justice

Possible FBI suspect and GOP candidate for Michigan Governor Bill Schuette went on a radio show yesterday to say the Flint investigation “is all about justice.” But while Schuette pays lip service to Flint victims and their families, his record as Attorney General tells a different story.

Schuette sought to exclude the state from class action lawsuits seeking damages for thousands of Flint residents. Schuette and his cronies attempted to have the suits dismissed by claiming that the state had immunity under the constitution, the plaintiffs missed the statute of limitations, Flint’s emergency managers were not state employees, and by claiming there is no constitutional right to clean water. In other words: Schuette tried to find every excuse under the sun to deny Flint victims justice.

“When he isn’t using state employees as his own personal real estate agents, Bill Schuette is actively trying to stop Flint victims from […]

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Trump Campaign Tries to Bail Out Bill Schuette After He’s Caught Lying About Assets, Use of State Employees for Personal Business Deals

This morning, the Trump campaign released an endorsement for Bill Schuette for Michigan Governor, which struck many as confusing considering the President himself endorsed Schuette months ago. But if you watched Schuette’s performance at a debate hosted by the Michigan Press Association yesterday, Schuette recycling an eight month old endorsement to try to change the subject makes all the sense in the world.

At the debate, Schuette got caught lying about his assets in the Virgin Islands. Schuette not only misled Michigan voters about his assets being in a blind trust (they weren’t), he also used state employees to notarize his personal business deals.

“After Bill Schuette was caught red-handed lying about his assets yesterday, his campaign hit the panic button and rehashed an endorsement that they already announced months ago,” said American Bridge spokesperson Zach Hudson. “Michigan voters already know Bill Schuette is Donald Trump’s candidate and that he […]

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NEW AD: Why Won’t Fred Upton Stand Up To Scott Pruitt?

Today, American Bridge is launching a new digital ad that exposes incumbent Michigan Congressman Fred Upton’s (R-MI) failure to protect his constituents from Scott Pruitt’s corruption.

The ad will run on social media in Michigan, targeted to midterm voters. The 30-second video asks: “Why is Congressman Fred Upton afraid to fight for us?” and urges voters to call Upton’s Capitol Hill office to demand he stand up to Scott Pruitt.

Other members of Michigan’s congressional delegation have already called for Pruitt to resign.

“Despite the unprecedented corruption that Scott Pruitt has been caught engaging in at the EPA,Upton is afraid to stand up to him – and Michiganders are paying the price for it,” said American Bridge spokesperson Andrew Bates. “It’s time for Upton to put blind partisanship aside and put what’s right for Michigan first.”

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NEW ADS: Why Won’t GOP House and Senate Candidates Stand Up To Scott Pruitt?

Today, American Bridge is launching a series of new digital ads that expose Republican House and Senate candidates’ failure to protect their constituents from Scott Pruitt’s corruption.

The ads will run on social media, targeting Florida Senate candidate Rick Scott, Nevada Senator Dean Heller, Pennsylvania Senate candidate Lou Barletta, Arizona Senate candidate Martha McSally, Ohio Senate candidate Jim Renacci, Congressman Tom MacArthur (NJ-03), and Congressman Fred Upton (MI-06). The 30-second video urges voters to call the lawmakers’ offices to demand they stand up to Scott Pruitt.

“In his brief tenure as EPA Administrator, Scott Pruitt has undertaken a relentless and unprecedented campaign of corruption,” said American Bridge spokesperson Joshua Karp. “Republican House and Senate candidates have refused to stand up to him — at the expense of millions in taxpayer dollars. Voters deserve to know why Republican candidates are standing with Swamp Creature Pruitt over their interests.”

 

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Constituents Demand GOP Reps. & Sens. Back Independent Commission on Trump/Russia Scandal

Voters are heading to town hall events across the country to demand their members of Congress support an independent commission or special prosecutor to investigate the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia. The demands follow Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey, a transparently political maneuver designed to obstruct the Bureau’s ongoing investigation. 

Voters want to know: As Congress heads back into session this week, will their Representative take a stand against Trump’s abuses of power and endorse an independent commission or special prosecutor?

Iowa

Rep. Rod Blum (IA-01)

WATCH: “Are you [inaudible] to call for an independent counsel? [Applause].”

WATCH: “Real simple question for you: today, at 4:30, Donald J. Trump fired the director of the FBI. I want you to tell me, will you help [inaudible] voice the need for a special prosecutor? [Applause].”

Michigan

Rep. Tim Walberg (MI-07)

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Representatives Upton and Amash Brace to Threaten Health Coverage for Michiganders with Trumpcare Vote

The Trump Administration and Republicans in the House of Representatives are rushing a vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act this week and replace it with Trumpcare, which would devastate families in Michigan and across America. And U.S. Representatives Fred Upton and Justin Amash are right there with them, jeopardizing health insurance and the wellbeing of people across Michigan.

“There are very few votes that define someone’s values like this one will.  Representatives Upton and Amash should do the right thing and oppose this reckless, partisan attack on people across Michigan.  This bill will kick millions off of their insurance, needlessly bails out big insurance companies, and strips nearly $1 trillion from healthcare funding, all in order to cut taxes for the rich.  If they  vote for it, they should fully expect to be held accountable by their constituents,” said American Bridge Vice President Shripal Shah.

Nationally, the […]

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Senate GOP Recruitment Stalls in Trump’s First 100 Days

“Potential GOP candidates…are afraid of walking into a buzz saw.” – Politico

Four months into the 2018 campaign for U.S. Senate, Senate Republicans have almost no recruitment successes and plenty of failures. Politico reports that potential candidates “are afraid of walking into a buzz saw” as Donald Trump’s popularity sinks to historic lows.

“The Senate GOP is failing to recruit quality candidates — or almost any candidates — and Republicans only have themselves to blame,” said American Bridge spokesperson Joshua Karp. “From stripping 26 million Americans of health care to gutting environmental protections, the GOP agenda would hurt working families, especially those who Trump and Republicans claim they want to help. Small wonder Republican’s best candidates are taking a dive, rather than face the voters in 2018.”

Take a look at the headlines Senate Republicans are earning as they fail to find candidates willing hitch their wagon to Washington Republicans in 2018…

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