In the interest of keeping Republicans informed on important issues, below is a memo sent by the Maine GOP to members of the Maine press regarding current advertising being run by allies of Janet Mills, including groups funded by George Soros and Donald Sussman.
Members of the press,
It's pretty clear that Janet Mills and her big money backers like George Soros and Donald Sussman think education funding is a central issue to the campaign for Governor.
Understanding that, we want to point out that Janet Mills is the only candidate for Maine Governor to actually vote for a major cut to education funding. In 2007, as a member of the Appropriations Committee and as a Representative in the Maine House, Janet Mills voted to cut $125 million from state funding to local education.
This cut moved Maine off the 55% target for state aid to local education and triggered a decade long struggle to get funding back to that target.
It is the height of hypocrisy for billionaires from away to be funding hundreds of thousands of dollars in advertising to present Janet Mills, the only candidate for Governor to actually vote to cut education funding, as the one candidate who cares about education funding and education in general.
Janet Mills herself has even gone so far as to say education funding is a “moral imperative.”
Seems her “moral imperatives” might change based on what voters want to hear and what special interest groups are willing to put into her effort to be elected.
We hope this basic fact about Janet Mills will be subject to the scrutiny of any future pieces on education policy and education funding in the race for Governor.
AUGUSTA – Is it Groundhog Day in September? Jared Golden is misleading voters in yet another way in his tv ads.
Presenting himself as a bipartisan leader in TV ads, Jared Golden is trying to re-brand himself from the hard-charging partisan House “whip” that keeps House Democrats toeing the party line day after day during legislative session.
The reality is, Jared Golden's J.O.B. in Augusta is keeping House Democrats loyal to Speaker Sara Gideon. He's a partisan enforcer, not a bipartisan leader.
When Golden talks about working with people on all sides to get things done, we think you should remember:
No way around it. That's what he is.
***The following email was sent to the press on Monday, August 27th 2018***
Members of the Press,
Did you see the Bangor Daily News today?
One article caught our eye:
"All four Maine candidates for governor say Question 1 is a bad idea"
A quick refresher, Question 1 is a ballot question funded and pushed by Jared Golden's radical Maine People's Alliance friends with out of state dark money to create a new program that some say is unconstitutional and even more say we can't afford.
This ballot question is such a bad idea that EVEN JANET MILLS is a No on Question 1.
But do you know who fully supports Question 1?
Radical Jared Golden does. He even wrote an op-ed supporting the question.
There is now no doubt that Jared is not just Nancy Pelosi's Golden Boy, he is the Golden boy of his friends at the Maine People's Alliance as well.
Not to mention that he is the most radical candidate on the ballot this November
Jared Golden siding with the Maine People's Alliance and not Janet Mills gives us a glimpse of how risky Jared Golden would be as a Congressman.
It is crunch time. So let's get down to business.
On Tuesday, June 12th, we will decide whether outside interests determine our fate again, or if we determine our own fate.
I'm talking about Question 1 here. It's another referendum on unconstitutional and confusing ranked choice voting.
Have you seen the ballot question yet? It doesn't even make any sense. My mom doesn't understand it, I don't understand it, and even a rocket scientist would need to read it three times to understand it.
The people and money behind these referendums confuse us for a reason. They don't want us to understand what they are trying to do. In this case they are trying to manipulate our election system.
Let's stand up for ourselves on Tuesday. Please take ten minutes of your time this Tuesday, June 12th, and VOTE NO ON QUESTION 1.
We need all hands on deck right now. If you can also get your friends and family to the polls to Vote No on Question 1, that would be huge. You can also share this flyer.
Let's go do it!!
How many times have you heard Maine Democrat politicians rail against the influence of money in politics?
A lot of times, right? And they are consistent on this, not hypocrites, right?
A new report published yesterday by Maine Public's Steve Mistler shows how the Maine Democratic Party laundered millions of dollars for Hillary Clinton in the 2016 campaign cycle.
At one point, the report even provides evidence that they were just making up financial transactions out of thin air to get away with their money laundering scheme.
This is unethical and illegal.
Not long ago, the Maine Democratic Party was calling for my resignation based on false accusations. After that, it should come as no surprise now that they are subject to a federal lawsuit and an investigation by the Federal Elections Commission for massive violations of election law.
Here are a few excerpts from the Maine Public article:
How big is this?
“Backer describes the case as ripe for inquiry by the Department of Justice. He says the Democratic fundraising scheme is 4,000 times the magnitude of a case involving conservative filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza, who was prosecuted and convicted in 2012 for a strawman donor scheme. Backer says everyone involved in this case should be worried: donors, Democratic fundraisers and party officials who filed the campaign finance reports. “They’re all looking at significant legal jeopardy,” he said.”
When you have lost the ultra-liberal group Common Cause:
"There’s a lot of smoke here. There may be fire. There may be some actual violations of federal campaign finance law. And at a minimum — at a bare minimum — the FEC needs to open an investigation,” Ryan said. (Ryan is an attorney for Common Cause, a group that Chellie Pingree once ran.)
No comment from Maine Democrats: “Scott Ogden, a spokesman for the Maine Democratic Party, declined to comment on the FEC complaint or provide the party’s response to it.”
'Backer also noted that some of the transactions between the state parties and the DNC didn’t match. He noted one such case in Maine, in which transaction data showed the state party sent a $15,000 donation to the DNC before it arrived from the Hillary Victory Fund. “The money was papered to make it look like it passed through state committees,” he said.'
WHAT THE HECK?
There is indeed a lot of smoke here. We should all be following and documenting the investigation that should be coming, as well as the court cases and the election law violation complaint.
Click here to read the full Maine Public investigative story.
Sometimes you have to thank even your political opponents for their blunt honesty. Last Saturday at the Maine Democrat Convention, former Democrat State Senator John Patrick of Oxford let the cat out of the bag on how to achieve more gun control--shut up about it until after the elections.
Speaking in opposition to a proposal to put another gun ban in the Democrat Party platform, Mr. Patrick suggested Democrats needed to keep quiet about their intentions until after the election.
As Democrats were considering adding a gun ban to their party platform, Mr. Patrick urged them not to, and to wait until after the election so they would have enough seats to change laws.
As reported by Michael Shepherd in the Bangor Daily News:
[Patrick] said Democrats need to win the Blaine House and legislative majorities to make gun law changes and “if you want to un-elect Democrats” in rural areas, “pass this legislation, because that’s what you’re going to get.”...
This vote was overwhelming, even as gubernatorial candidates called for gun control in their speeches on Saturdayafter the platform debate. Portland Mayor Ethan Strimling tweeted that the vote was “so disappointing.” It’s an example of an urban-rural divide in the state and party.
This blatant cowardice speaks volumes about today's Maine Democrat Party elites. Are they really afraid to say where they stand on a Constitutional issue until after the election?
If you believe in something, like taking away guns, have the courage to own it and stand up for it in front of the people you want to vote for you or your party.
We are sadly seeing the same thing from Democrats on other questions like taxes, harmful regulations, welfare, education opportunity, and so many other critical issues for Maine's heritage and future.
Why are Maine Democrat elites hiding from the Maine people?
The answer is likely because they know they don't have much in common with most people in Maine and they realize that admitting their desire to control and regulate even our right to defend ourselves won't help them, so they are dishonestly hiding it until after the election.
The only way to make sure this does not happen is to get active with the Maine GOP, volunteering, attending a training, supporting your local or state candidates, or making a donation.
But please, don't do nothing. Our rights are threatened if Democrats control enough seats to try and take them away.
Janet Mills’ troubling choice of fundraising staff magnifies concerns about Schneiderman relationship
Earlier today we noted:
'Janet Mills has faced criticism for misleading Maine voters about her relationship with disgraced former New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who recently resigned amid allegations that he physically abused multiple women. Mills tried to downplay her relationship with Schneiderman, who was the “special guest” raising thousands of dollars in cash for her campaign at a recent Manhattan fundraiser.
Now, Mills is fundraising off of her Schneiderman controversy. A new fundraising email sent by her campaign says that, “the Maine GOP and their allies in right-wing talk radio swung into gear, throwing everything but the kitchen sink at Janet to see if they could make something stick.”’
Who signed this email? Well, none other than disgraced 2014 Mike Michaud for Governor intern Ben Gagnon, who was suspended from the campaign following vulgar, sexist and expletive-laden tweets he made. Mills has apparently hired him as her finance director!
WARNING: Vulgar & sacrilegious language below
As was reported nearly four years ago by the Daily Caller:
Some comments [Gagnon] tweeted include “You can’t enter heaven unless Jesus enters you,” “If you’re here for the premature ejaculation meeting you’ve come too early” and “There is no ‘good way’ to give a blowjob. One man’s ‘good way’ is another man’s ‘too much teeth.’”
Maine Public Broadcasting reported:
Michaud's campaign manager, Matt McTighe, says the remarks posted by Ben Gagnon "cannot be defended and do not represent the views of the campaign.”
Janet Mills’ selection for a fundraiser once again calls into question her judgment and character. She has literally used a man with a record of making disgusting, sacrilegious and sexist comments to raise campaign cash off her lies about her fundraising relationship with a man who has allegeldy done disgusting, violent and sexist things.
This is the company Janet Mills keeps. Disgusting.
Janet Mills has faced criticism for misleading Maine voters about her relationship with disgraced former New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who recently resigned amid allegations that he physically abused multiple women. Mills tried to downplay her relationship with Schneiderman, who was the “special guest” raising thousands of dollars in cash for her campaign at a recent Manhattan fundraiser.
Now, Mills is fundraising off of her Schneiderman controversy. A new fundraising email sent by her campaign says that, “the Maine GOP and their allies in right-wing talk radio swung into gear, throwing everything but the kitchen sink at Janet to see if they could make something stick.”
Mills is referencing an explosive report detailing how she lied to the press about her ties to Schneiderman.
That Janet Mills would fundraise off of this controversy, rather than divest herself of the tainted campaign cash and apologize for campaigning with a sexual predator, is disgraceful. It raises serious questions about her judgement.
Maine Republican Party
Mothers, Fathers, Sons, Daughters,
Sometimes we don't recognize the most important parts of our lives.
Then again, sometimes we realize we have missed out on them and we do things like create Mother's Day to honor them.
Our moms are everything, and we are nothing without them.
As a mom, myself, I'm a bit biased. But like all of you, I have a mom, too.
Not to take away from the hard work of you guys, but we women also use blood, sweat and tears taking care of those we love.
Our moms don't always get the credit they deserve. And Maine moms are the best, raising children in the safest, most beautiful state in America.
So today we want to just pause and say this to our Maine Moms:
Brace yourselves – a storm of dishonesty is coming.
Attorney General Janet Mills' first television ad has not one, but two lies in it.
Lie #1: Janet Mills says Governor LePage tried to rip health care away from thousands of kids. The ad shows a young girl on screen in that part of the ad.
Truth #1: This was a proposal related to 19- and 20-year old adults, not kids. The Associated Press article Mills cites in her own ad even says that. Apparently she doesn't think many people will fact-check her. The claim is a lie, and the young girl on screen is a deliberate misrepresentation.
Lie #2: Janet Mills says she “stopped him.” Meaning, Janet Mills is claiming she stopped the Governor from doing the thing she is lying about.
Truth #2: In the same Associated Press Article, Janet Mills said it was “not her aim to prevent the Governor, as the chief executive, from pursuing public policy initatives.”
This is the exact opposite of what she says in the ad. Either Janet Mills was lying before, or she is lying now.
Our Attorney General has a problem with the truth.
Hopefully you will see this in the newspapers and on television, but either way, please help us spread the word by forwarding to friends and sharing on social media.
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