Wednesday, October 23, 2013

SecretiveSchauer.Com Website Released

SecretiveSchauer.Com Website Released
Will Schauer Reveal Donors and Expenses
for Schauer Community Fund and Blue Green Alliance?

Ann Arbor, MI—Stu Sandler, CEO of Decider Strategies, unveiled , a website dedicated to Mark Schauer’s secretive nonprofits and his unwillingness and inability to produce contributors and expenses for the Schauer Community Fund and the Blue Green Alliance.

“Mark Schauer is a hypocrite who calls for transparency for everyone but himself.  For the last several years, Schauer has been funded by nonprofits to the point where even his hometown paper was writing about him  as ‘Senator Slushfund.’”, said Sandler.  “Schauer has no credibility when it comes to this issue.  Schauer has been taking undisclosed money and perks and cannot tell anyone what he has received or spent.  Schauer is either incompetent or a hypocrite or both.”

In the October 23 Detroit Free Press article “Snyder Challenger Mark Schauer Had Nonprofit Fund as a State Lawmaker”, it was reported that Schauer failed to disclose 11 of 12 reports of contributors and expenses for the Schauer Community Fund over the past several years.  The fund reported incomplete payments for such things as  events, meals and gift baskets, although many years did not have any public reporting at all. It is unknown what else this fund paid for.  The Schuaer Community Fund was registered with the IRS at Schauer’s personal residence with Schauer’s wife listed as the registered agent according to the IRS. 

Additionally, Schauer has also failed to respond to challenges asking Schauer to list contributors who have paid his Blue Green Alliance salary since 2011 and all expenses paid for by the Blue Green Alliance benefiting Mark Schauer.

“Mark Schauer should stop being so secretive and come clean about his own slush funds,” stated Sandler.  “Like Bob Ficano, Schauer cannot argue he didn’t know. Schauer was either incompetent or unethical or both.”

The website can be viewed at

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Roll Call Reports Dave Trott for Congress Hires Decider Strategies

Roll Call:  "Attorney David Trott announced his primary challenge to Rep. Kerry Bentivolio, R-Mich., last week, and now he’s assembled a top team to help him oust the vulnerable freshman.

Stu Sandler confirmed to CQ Roll Call that he will serve as the deep-pocketed attorney’s general consultant. Sandler has worked for several statewide candidates and organizations in Michigan."

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ICYMI: The Hill Reports on Decider Strategies Gongwer Mackinac Straw Poll

The HIll:  Sen. Rand Paul wins second 2016 straw poll

Rand Paul leads the pack of other potential GOP candidates in the 2016 race for president, according to the Mackinac straw poll conducted in Michigan over the weekend. 

It’s the second presidential straw poll Paul has won this year. 
Out of 526 people, 188 voted for Paul, giving him 36 percent of the vote. Gongwer News Service and Decider Strategies conducted the unofficial poll at the Mackinac conference over the weekend. 
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, another party favorite with high approval ratings, came in second place, winning 16 percent of the vote. 

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Sunday, September 22, 2013

Rand Paul wins 2016 Mackinac Presidential Straw Poll; Brian Calley Runs Away with Lt. Gov Straw Poll

Mackinac Island, MI—Gongwer News Service and Decider Strategies announced that Rand Paul won the 2016 Presidential straw poll and Brian Calley won the 2014 Lt. Governor straw poll decidedly. 

With 526 conference attendees voting in the Presidential straw poll, Rand Paul won the 2016 Presidential straw poll vote with 188 votes (36%); Chris Christie received 82 votes (16%).   

With 501 conference attendees voting in the LG race, Calley won the LG straw poll vote with a resounding 432 votes (86%) to 69 votes for Wes Nakagiri (14%). 

 “Lieutenant Governor Calley’s decisive win should hearten his backers as he looks to ward off a serious threat to renomination,” Gongwer Editor Zach Gorchow said. “His team had a strong presence on the Island and delivered a landslide for him. For Wes Nakagiri, he is just starting his campaign and was not able to bring enough supporters to top Calley.”

“The Mackinac conference attendees picked very clear winners. In the Lt. Governor race, Brian Calley won by a resounding margin. It’s good news for Brian Calley.  Many of these conference attendees will be at the state convention as voting delegates,” stated Sandler.  “In the presidential, Rand Paul won by a solid margin.”

Sandler said Paul’s victory shows he is building early support with various coalitions within the party. “It’s early in the game, but he’s off to a promising start,” Sandler said.  

The breakdown of the presidential:  526 total votes were cast.                    Rand Paul 188 (36%); Chris Christie 82 (16%); Jeb Bush 42 (8%); Scott Walker 39 (7%);  Ted Cruz 36 (7%). Others receiving votes included:  Nikki Haley 8; Bobby Jindal 7; John Kasich 4; Susanna Martinez 5; Sarah Palin 13; Mike Pence 8; Rick Perry 9; Robert Portman 5; Marco Rubio 25; Paul Ryan 23; Rick Santorum 8; Tim Scott 0; John Thune 12;.  Write-in:  Rick Snyder 8; Ron Paul 2; Michelle Bachmann 1; Allen West 1. 

The breakdown of the LG vote:  501 total votes were cast.  Brian Calley 432 votes (86%); Wes Nakagiri 69 votes (14%). 

In the Presidential race, Rand Paul joins Mitt Romney in 2011, Rick Snyder in 2009, and Mitt Romney in 2007 as winners of Mackinac straw polls.

The Straw Poll is not an official event or activity of the Mackinac Conference, and is in no way affiliated with or connected to the Mackinac Conference.  Gongwer News Service and Decider Strategies are the exclusive sponsors of the Straw Poll.  No other person, including without limitation, the Mackinac Conference and its sponsors, the Michigan Republican Party, or any candidate, has sponsored, financed, or is in any way connected with, the Straw Poll.

Friday, March 8, 2013

Stu Sandler Discusses Michigan US Senate 2014 Race and Levin retirement in Detroit Free Press

Decider Strategies CEO Stu Sandler discussed the US Senate Race in the Detroit Free Press:

GOP insiders pointed to members of the state’s congressional delegation, including U.S. Reps. Candice Miller of Harrison Township; Mike Rogers of Brighton; Dave Camp of Midland; Fred Upton of St. Joseph; and Justin Amash of Cascade Township, as potential candidates.

 Other names mentioned by Republicans include Lt. Gov. Brian Calley; Attorney General Bill Schuette; former Gov. John Engler; metro Detroit charter school founder Clark Durant, who sought the U.S. Senate nomination in 2010, and west Michigan billionaire Dick DeVos, who was the GOP candidate for governor in 2006. State Sen. Roger Kahn, R-Saginaw Township, chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, has expressed interest, as well.

Republican consultant Stu Sandler described the Levin retirement as “a once in a 30-year opportunity.” He noted 2014 will be a non-presidential year and said he expects the GOP will have “a very strong ticket” headed by Gov. Rick Snyder. To read the entire article, go to: