List of Maine Lobbyists by Year and Client from 2002-2018 in Excel

Note that this list contains multiple worksheets each with a slightly different view of the information. Specific Clients were identified as "Wind Related" based on judgment. Please let us know if any were missed or miscoded. I'm sure we missed some. Also, we probably could have coded every large Portland law firm as Wind Related but we didn't for this exercise given much of their work falls into areas other than wind.

Guess which Client (whom a lobbyist works for) has the most lobbyists over the 17 year period? (Click on the extreme right worksheet for your answer). Hint: Their office is a four minute walk to the state house.

Double click any number to see the detail it represents. Use the dropdown arrow to isolate "Wind Related" clients.

The source of the information was: https://secure.mainecampaignfinance.com/PublicSite/SearchPages/Lobb...

Download the list here: Maine%20Lobbyists_L_2-25-18.xlsx

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Comment by Long Islander on February 26, 2018 at 7:45am

As noted above, the source of the information was: 

 https://secure.mainecampaignfinance.com/PublicSite/SearchPages/Lobb...

However, after noticing that lobbyist Patricia Aho, was not shown there to have been a lobbyist for Horizon Wind Energy (now EDP Renewables), I went back to an old lobbyist list we had from 2011 (generated 1/23/12) and confirmed Aho was indeed a lobbyist for them. I have no idea why that list shows her as a Horizon Wind lobbyist and the newly created list (17 years in Excel) has no record of her as a lobbyist for Horizon Wind.

The 2011 list is here:

http://www.maine.gov/ethics/pdf/2011LobbyistlistbyLobbyist.pdf

and

2011LobbyistlistbyLobbyist%20-%20Copy.pdf

From the 2011 file under Patrica Aho on page 4:

So this appears to be a discrepancy between the 2011 lobbyist list and the 2002-2018 17 year lobbyist list obtained on 2/25/18. If the one instance I recalled (Aho for Horizon Wind) was discrepant, this raises the question as to why and are there more discrepancies?

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

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(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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