Pensler Donates $5 Million to Own Campaign
Sandy Pensler has announced yesterday that he is contributing $5 million to his own U.S. Senate campaign. The Grosse Pointe businessman is running for the Republican nomination to defeat Senator Debbie Stabenow, and his self-contribution has the potential to boost his campaign tremendously, especially against Stabenow’s large warchest.
Pensler launched his campaign in November of 2017. He will face businessman and veteran John James in the Republican primary on August 7, and his $5 million will certainly help in his efforts to win the nomination.
If he were to be nominated, Pensler would go on to face Debbie Stabenow, a fierce campaigner and fundraiser. Currently, Stabenow’s campaign has over $8 million on hand, with $1.9 million raised last quarter.
In an email to supporters, the Stabenow campaign compared Sandy Pensler to President Trump, citing business failures and corruption. “Like Trump, Pensler got rich on the East Coast making millions bankrupting companies, laying off workers and fighting for his own bottomline. We’ve got to make sure there’s one thing he can’t buy: This election.”
Meanwhile, Pensler also faces criticism from the Faith and Freedom Coalition of Michigan, a conservative group. The group set up a website called ProChoicePensler.com, which highlights the liberal positions that Pensler held as a candidate for Congress in 1992. A social media post from the group stated, “All the money in the world doesn’t change the fact that the last time ‘Socialized Sandy’ ran for Congress, he ran as a pro-choice, pro-nationalized healthcare candidate. His generous contribution…to himself…only means he will be a well-funded lesser version of Sen. Stabenow should he become the Republican nominee.”
The Michigan Conservative has endorsed John James in the 2018 U.S. Senate race. Read our endorsement here.