Political power couple has plenty of time to write checks & play politics,
but not to provide transparency
Washington D.C. - Reports from the Federal Election Commission show that Rep. Chellie Pingree and her husband, hedge fund manager Donald Sussman, made more than $1.5 million in political contributions to political action committees and Congressional candidates during the same time period that she failed to file mandatory financial disclosure forms with the Clerk of United States House of Representatives.
Rep. Pingree's financial disclosure was initially due on May 15, 2015, but the Congresswoman from Maine's First Congressional District requested a 90-day extension, through August 13, 2015.
During the time-period from when Rep. Pingree missed the initial May 15 deadline through August 13, the day of her extension, FEC reports show Mr. Sussman contributed more than $1.5 million to political action committees, hybrid political action committees, soft money accounts, as well as Congressional candidates and committees.
As of August 20, 2015, a full week after Pingree's extended deadline, Roll Call reported that the Clerk of the U.S. House said Pingree still had not filed her financial disclosure.
“It is really time for this hypocrisy to end,” said Maine GOP Chairman Rick Bennett. “It is hard to fathom how Rep. Pingree and her husband can find the time to play politics and donate more than $1.5 million to candidates and political action committees, but won't disclose their finances as required.”
“For all of Rep. Pingree and the Democratic Party's rhetoric about big money in politics and transparency, it is hard to find a clearer portrait of hypocrisy than this,” said Mr. Bennett.
Roll Call on Pingree missing second deadline:
FECIndividual Contribution Search: http://www.fec.gov/finance/disclosure/advindsea.shtml
*Note, Sussman donations come from both Rye Brook, NY and North Haven, Maine. Screenshot below.
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Maine Democrats love to demagogue 'big money' in politics, but this piece highlights the stark hypocrisy hidden in the shadows behind all the feel-good rhetoric.
Representative Chellie Pingree, the top elected Democrat in Maine, (in fact, the only elected Democrat beyond the Maine Legislature), says one thing and does another when it comes to campaign finance laws.
To make matters worse, Representative Pingree has once again failed to meet the extended US House Financial disclosure deadline. She has now missed not only the May 15th deadline, but also the 90 day extension.
A quick look at her disclosure history shows this is not new for Rep. Pingree.
If Representative Pingree, the Maine Democratic Party, and their dozens of allies want to talk the talk on transparency and the influence of money in politics, it is about time they walk the walk.
As it is, all signs point to Congresswoman Pingree and her wealthy husband, who has donated more than $4.5 million to Democrats since 2002, operating as if the law of the land and the disclosure rules of the U.S. House of Representatives just don't apply to them.
The Maine Republican Party is excited to announce Matthew Harrington of Sanford will be running for Maine’s House District 19 seat after being nominated by the Sanford Republican Committee last week.
A fourth generation Mainer, Harrington currently works as a police officer in Kennebunk and has spent more than a decade in public safety as a police officer, firefighter and an EMT.
“The hardworking people of Maine deserve representatives at the state house who will fight for them and that is exactly what I intend to do,” Harrington said. “There’s a lot of work to do in Augusta and I’m up for the challenge. We need good government policy that promotes job growth and lowers the tax burden on all Maine families. We need to start working together to fight the massive influx of drugs pouring over our borders and poisoning our communities. I’m ready to tackle the tough issues facing our state.”
Harrington has already caught the attention of those already serving in Augusta like Sen. David Woodsome who serves the people of York County.
"Matt Harrington is an impressive and dedicated public servant. With experience as a firefighter, EMT, and a policeman he has demonstrated that he truly cares about our community and wants to do what is best for his friends and neighbors,” Sen. Woodsome said. “Matt has also made it abundantly clear that he is an advocate for efficient, reasonable government and a lower tax burden. Our region and all of Maine would benefit from having him in Augusta."