J. Dwight: Maine’s wealthy elite such as Angus King profit from political connections

The following was originally posted April 11, 2012

Op-Ed: Maine’s wealthy elite profit from political connections

Pictured at right with President Obama is Bobby Monks, minority owner of Maine Today Media and a "bundler" for the President

But hey, what are friends for?

By J Dwight

Excerpt:

By now everyone knows that former governor Angus King and his business partner Robert Gardiner used their political connections and friends (Congresswoman Chellie Pingree) to help get an unnecessary Federal Loan Guarantee for the Record Hill Wind Power Project, as reported by The Maine Wire.

That loan guarantee immediately added some $4 million to $5 million to the bottom line for King and Gardiner by enabling them to sell the debt at below-market interest rates. This kind of advantage comes at the expense of the ratepayer and taxpayer. The means by which that federal loan guarantee was obtained is now under investigation by the Committee for Oversight and Government Reform, as also reported by The Maine Wire.

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Comment by Eric A. Tuttle on September 27, 2015 at 3:25pm

Why do citizens of Maine put up with all this political and big business corruption? 

As you stated, but we can no longer kick out the scumbags or the corrupt politicians due to the social changes that not only sought to make things equal amongst the citizens, bettering conditions throughout the nation, a part which also lends to equality in corruption. Political correctness for one is the biggest piece of "S**t" that has come down the pike in my life. People need to be held accountable to others for their wrongs, and if honorable would do so willingly vs us having to chase them down. Country club prisons (kid glove handling) for the well to do, when caught, intolerable conditions (abusive treatment) for the poor and minorities that can not BUY equal justice.

This corruptness of those above is seldom punished, but rewarded. Those that fail to carry out justice are often also rewarded. Just like the "AND" fiasco in statute, a tweak of a single word in any law can be rewarding if it favors deep pockets or powers.

If we were easily able to run them out of office for their corruptness they also should be run out of the state "on a rail " as the term use to be. But also with them, their cohorts. If imprisoned so should be those cohorts also. Closure of the corporations also or as they say "Lock, Stock & Barrel"

Social change does not always keep other protections in mind, when it comes to opening the doors of corruption, and some social change is derived from such. Unfortunate, but often true.

A Crook is a Crook, no matter the position or wealth they hold, are bestowed, or have earned and lose through their actions. Trust is hard, if ever regained. 

PC is not for political correctness, but an acronym for Political Corruption.

Comment by alice mckay barnett on May 13, 2015 at 2:24pm

J. Dwight was such a warrior. He would travel to towns, that were in search of the truth, speaking from his heart. 

Comment by larry sherman on April 11, 2012 at 9:45am

Just posted this comment.  I like it so much, I may post it again and again....

 

Why do the people of Maine put up with all this political and big business corruption?

Maine used to be known as an honorable state which kicked out scumbags and corrupt politicians.

Now its known as a hotbed of political corruption whose politicians pass laws that provide them with lucrative jobs once they leave office. That is as corrupt as it gets.

The perfect example is the Wind Industry. Former Governor Angus King went to great efforts to pass an expedited wind law allowing massive wind farms throughout the State of Maine and then after he left office he, his chief of staff - Kurt Adams and his son - Angus King King Jr. all went to work for First Wind making millions of dollars in salaries and stock options!

Such flagrant political corruption should not be tolerated by any decent Mainer.  Maine is too good for such underhanded, greedy scoundrels.

Wake up Mainers!

Pass laws that prevent such political corruption.

Maine is not a backward state with backward people.

Stand up and be heard.

Tell your political representatives that you're tired of all the political corruption.  Please - do it Now!

Hannah Pingree on the Maine expedited wind law

Hannah Pingree - Director of Maine's Office of Innovation and the Future

"Once the committee passed the wind energy bill on to the full House and Senate, lawmakers there didn’t even debate it. They passed it unanimously and with no discussion. House Majority Leader Hannah Pingree, a Democrat from North Haven, says legislators probably didn’t know how many turbines would be constructed in Maine."

https://pinetreewatch.org/wind-power-bandwagon-hits-bumps-in-the-road-3/

 

Maine as Third World Country:

CMP Transmission Rate Skyrockets 19.6% Due to Wind Power

 

Click here to read how the Maine ratepayer has been sold down the river by the Angus King cabal.

Maine Center For Public Interest Reporting – Three Part Series: A CRITICAL LOOK AT MAINE’S WIND ACT

******** IF LINKS BELOW DON'T WORK, GOOGLE THEM*********

(excerpts) From Part 1 – On Maine’s Wind Law “Once the committee passed the wind energy bill on to the full House and Senate, lawmakers there didn’t even debate it. They passed it unanimously and with no discussion. House Majority Leader Hannah Pingree, a Democrat from North Haven, says legislators probably didn’t know how many turbines would be constructed in Maine if the law’s goals were met." . – Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting, August 2010 https://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/wind-power-bandwagon-hits-bumps-in-the-road-3/From Part 2 – On Wind and Oil Yet using wind energy doesn’t lower dependence on imported foreign oil. That’s because the majority of imported oil in Maine is used for heating and transportation. And switching our dependence from foreign oil to Maine-produced electricity isn’t likely to happen very soon, says Bartlett. “Right now, people can’t switch to electric cars and heating – if they did, we’d be in trouble.” So was one of the fundamental premises of the task force false, or at least misleading?" https://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/wind-swept-task-force-set-the-rules/From Part 3 – On Wind-Required New Transmission Lines Finally, the building of enormous, high-voltage transmission lines that the regional electricity system operator says are required to move substantial amounts of wind power to markets south of Maine was never even discussed by the task force – an omission that Mills said will come to haunt the state.“If you try to put 2,500 or 3,000 megawatts in northern or eastern Maine – oh, my god, try to build the transmission!” said Mills. “It’s not just the towers, it’s the lines – that’s when I begin to think that the goal is a little farfetched.” https://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/flaws-in-bill-like-skating-with-dull-skates/

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