Fifty out of state corporations and industry associations to whom LePage owes a great debt including:
- Drugmakers AstraZeneca (donated $344,000) Pfizer ($94,000)Amgen ($74,000) and Glaxo-Smith Kline ($99,000) and their industry association, Pharmaceutical Research (PhRMA; $144,000).
- The members of the Michigan Chamber of Commerce($225,000)
- The Corrections Corporation of America, operators of private prisons ($25,000)
- Weapons firms EADS North America ($44,000) and Demmer Corp. ($44,000)
- For-profit charter school curriculum developer K12 Management Inc ($19,000)
- MAXIMUS and ResCare Inc. ($50,000 each) , firms specializing in for-profit outsourcing of social services.
- Offshore oil services firm Alliance Marine Services (which donated $25,000 early on, some of which was used to payvideo tracker Lauren Chatmas.)
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Colin Woodward has done some great work investigating the dodgy campaign finance issues of the election. Aside from such Orwellian misnomers as the "Green Jobs for Maine PAC" that was actually a slot-machine supporter's PAC (I guess slots ARE emissions free), the race was also inundated with money from out of state PACs supporting Governor LePage. According to Woodward:
From these facts we can be fairly certain why LePage is just giddy at the prospect of wasting millions of Maine dollars in a fruitless challenge of the Affordable Care Act. We should also expect to soon see pledges to privatize our prisons, strip public schools of funding in favor of vouchers to attend charters, the rolling back of our environmental protections to mollify energy companies, and, last but not least, lots of casual talk about how great a vacation spot Michigan makes!
Seriously, though, does anyone understand that Michigan Chamber donation? I get that LePage is a chamber kinda guy ("durrrrr, CUT THE RED TAPE, durrrrr), but Michigan? Do state chambers donate money to other state's gubernatorial candidates in some kind of baity-switchy trickery? Did the Maine Chamber of Commerce send money to North Carolina or something? Should we expect the Michigan Chamber of Commerce to get some free billboard space? I hope it means more Bell's Beer in our local packies!
Posted by Dan S at 8:03 AM
Sunday, December 5, 2010
Friday, December 3, 2010
LePage: Obama not Marxist fascist Islamist terrorist after all, need not go to Hell. Also, please help me learn to talk good!
Governor LePage was shocked to find that President of the United States, a man who did not almost get rejected from Husson College for lack of reading ability, but who, rather, was editor of the Harvard Law Review, was "more pragmatic" than he expected. Unfortunately, in trying to articulate this position, Governor DumbDumb (as I've named him) lives up to his appellation:
"Where I think we're pretty different is I think he looks at life being a lot more political than I. I look at it more people, he looks at it political. I'll get mad quicker than he will," LePage said, chuckling.
Huh? What the hell does that even mean? "I look at it more people"? I'll give one hundred gold dubloons to any God fearing Mainer who can translate this ninny's gobbledygook into English for me. Thanks!
Posted by Dan S at 2:26 PM
Thursday, December 2, 2010
Paul "toughguy" LeRage is now a teensy weensy bit embarrassed that he acted like a drunken lout when he told the President of the United States to "Go to hell" (let your bosom swell with pride, Maine!). He hopes to do a better job acting like a civilized adult when he meets President Obama at a Homeland Security conference along with other governors-elect.
Posted by Dan S at 5:31 AM
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
As depressing as the LePage governorship is, let us not overlook the impending horror of the new GOP majorities in the state legislature. Remember, this is a party whose official platform included--among other gems--a rejection of the United Nations, a call for an end to all government overisght of the energy industry, and dire warnings about the ONE WORLD GOVERNMENT (cue spooky music).
The first consequence of the Nutjob takeover will be the appointment of a new Attorney General, among other state officers. Today, the Republicans lived up to their platform by appointing right wing reactionary William Schneider. Schneider has already promised to fight The Affordable Care act in the courts, presumably on the premise that the greatest threat currently facing the state of Maine is the possibility that more Mainers will have access to affordable health care coverage. Presumably, Mr. Schneider also has a way, alternatively, to fill the coverage gap plaguing our state without further taxing our strained MaineCare system. Nah, of course not. Guys like this care about one thing: scoring political points by bashing demmycrats. Extra points for bashing Obama!!
Seriously, does no one else see what is coming here? Maine is about to live the Tea Party experiment in all its glory. Sweet Lord above, see us through.
Posted by Dan S at 1:20 PM
We all know that Paul LePage was turned down from Husson College because he could barely read, but let that fool you not: the man is not stupid across the board. While I suspect he has a marvelous untapped talent for utterly destroying states, he has already demonstrated his savant-like knack for pissing off lib'ruls and for whoring himself out to moneyed interest. In a move that will make progress in both areas, LePage met yesterday with Maine "business leaders" to decide whether to dismantle ALL of Maine's consumer and environmental protection laws, or simply most of them. Absent from the meeting was anyone who might have the temerity to disagree with the holy righteous march of laissez faire capitalism:
Oh Silly Mr. Didisheim! Mr. LePage won his election with a massive 30 something percent of the vote. How dare you have the insolence to propse that viewpoints alternate to his own common sense conservative eminence be aired at this "unprecedented" summit.
If you wanted to get the governor elect's attention, you should have strangled a seagull for money as a sign of your devotion to business and your disdain for pesky critters.
Posted by Dan S at 5:39 AM
Monday, November 29, 2010
In a posting that will shock nobody who actually took five minutes to think about what a LePage governorship would mean, I'd like to point to an excellent expose of LePage transition member Pete Harring.
"LePage, a conservative Republican, has been taken heat for appointing Pete Harring to his transition advisory team. Harring, also known as Pete The Carpenter, is a leader of the Tea Party groups the Maine Refounders and Paint Maine Red, and is known for posting on Paint Maine Red that "liberals are like slinkys and that's because they bring a smile to your face when you push them down the stairs."
How surprising that LePage would appoint, basically, a professional troll to his transition team, a man whose sole raison d'etre is pissing off liberals. What exactly are Harring's qualifications? Well, beyond "pissing off liberals," not a one.
Folks, it's going to be a LONG four years.
Posted by Dan S at 2:38 PM