S. Donald Sussman, who personally incubated D.E. Shaw, longtime half owner of First Wind, sells his newspapers

The S Donald, the U.S. Congresswoman's husband who personally incubated D.E. Shaw, longtime half owner of First Wind, sells his pro-wind newspapers.

Press Herald papers purchased by midcoast businessman Reade Brower

A memo sent to Maine Today Media staff late Tuesday confirmed financier S. Donald Sussman, husband of Democratic U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree, agreed to sell the paper. 



U. S. Congresswoman Chellie Pingree's husband gave First Wind's half owner its start with $28 Million

S. Donald Sussman, the billionaire husband of Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) gave hedge fund D.E. Shaw its start with $28 million. D.E. Shaw is the longtime half owner of First Wind, the wind developer running roughshod over the ridges and mountains of Maine in its endless pursuit of taxpayer funded subsidies, stimulus grants and government mandated support from ratepayers. Sussman is also the owner of Maine Today Media, owner of the largest newspapers in the state such as the Maine Sunday Telegram, Portland Press Herald, Kennebec Journal and Morning Sentinel.

The screenshot below references the $28 million amount.




Portland Press Herald Owner Incubated D.E. Shaw (Half owner of First Wind) /

Congresswoman Chellie Pingree using husband S. Donald Sussman's Wealth in Deal Making?

One would think that if you're a fellow legislator and Chellie gets you money, you listen to her on policy. Watch the lame duck session.

Her value to to the Democratic party, says Brewer, is also due to the help she can give to other candidates. "She is someone who other members of the party turn to for assistance, whether it's assistance in terms of policy or in terms of re-elections," he says.

Brewer says a key factor is the enormous wealth Pingree has access to through her husband - billionaire financier and noted Democratic donor Donald Sussman.


Portland Press Herald Owner (and husband of U.S. Congresswoman Chellie Pingree) Incubated D.E. Shaw (Half owner of First Wind)

PUBLIC INTEGRITY: D.E. Shaw's (1/2 owner of First Wind) original investors included S. Donald Sussman (now principal owner of Maine Today Media) 

David E. Shaw, founder D.E. Shaw (half owner of First Wind)

D.E. Shaw’s original investors included the Tisch family of New York (the family behind the Loews Corporation empire) and the Tisches’ in-law New York financier S. Donald Sussman.


S. Donald Sussman founded the Paloma Funds in 1981. The firm’s multi-strategy hedge funds employ various quantitative, relative value and computerized statistical arbitrage strategies.

According to Teri Buhl, the Paloma’s main fund was up 20% in 2009 and has had an average annualized return since inception of over 20%. In her Greenwich Time article, Ms. Buhl also reported that Sussman's fund has incubated several hedge fund trading legends, “such as David Shaw of D.E. Shaw; Dan Arbess, who runs Perella Weinberg's Xerion Fund; Bruce Kover of Caxton Associates; Richard Perry of Perry Capital; and Dan Och of Och-Ziff.” 


First Wind Holdings LLC will get a $117 million loan guarantee from federal "stimulus" funds to finance the construction and start-up of a wind energy project in Kahuku, Hawaii, the federal Department of Energy announced Friday. Once complete, the project will create "six to ten" jobs, according to the Department of Energy. At $117 million, works out to a federally guaranteed loan of between $19.5 million and $11.7 million for each job created.

Last year, when the Obama administration awarded its first windmill windfall of $115 million to First Wind, wereported on some of First Wind's connections to the administration:

First Wind ... had owners that included D.E. Shaw and Madison Dearborn Partners. Shaw is the firm at which President Obama's chief of the National Economic Council, Lawrence Summers, held a $5.2 million a year, one-day-a-week job, and Madison Dearborn is the firm of which Rahm Emanuel, now the White House chief of staff, said, "They've been not only supporters of mine, they're friends of mine."...


From the attempted First Wind IPO:















The following article seems to connect PPH owner S. Donald Sussman to the man behind First Wind's half owner, DE Shaw.

"Sussman's had business dealings with other top Democratic donors, including fellow hedge fund manager David E. Shaw..."



Also see: FIRST_WIND_DE_SHAW_MADISON_DEARBORN_Appendix%203-1%20corrected.pdf

Majority Owner of Portland Press Herald Largest Political Campaign Donor in State by Giant Margin

16 times as high as the second largest campaign contributor.

No. 1: Selwyn Donald Sussman, founder of hedge fund Paloma Partners, principal owner of Maine Today Media (Portland Press Herald, Sunday Telegram, Kennebec Journal and Morning Sentinel), developer, North Haven: $2,971,741.


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Comment by Penny Gray on November 8, 2014 at 5:42pm
At this point we shouldn't be surprised by anything, but this is truly disgusting.
Comment by Mike DiCenso on November 1, 2014 at 11:37pm
A bunch of insider trading white collar crooks, to be sure.
Comment by Martha thacker on November 1, 2014 at 11:44am

My goodness, no wonder the PPH is a voice for First Wind. They are all connected.

"Derivatives trader D.E. Shaw paid Summers $5 million for a couple of years of "part-time" work. This added to payments from Citigroup, Goldman and other finance houses, raising the net worth of this once penurious professor to more than $31 million."http://readersupportednews.org/opinion2/277-75/19459-larry-summers-...

"After his departure from Harvard, Summers made millions as a managing partner at the hedge fund D. E. Shaw & Co., and by giving paid speeches to major financial institutions, including Goldman SachsJPMorgan ChaseCitigroupMerrill Lynch and Lehman Brothers"..wikipedia

Wonder if Larry Summers ,working for the Obama administration as director of the WH economic council Jan. 2009 - Nov. 2010 , had anything to do with Stetson II being approved and financed by a grant from the stimulus bill. 

I have also read that Summers and Rubin went to Gray Davis then gov. of California to ask for changes in  the environmental laws . Guess Gray Davis refused because he was soon out of office. This was during the Enron days. 

Larry Summers was working for Bill Clinton at the time Mexico was broke. Congress would not ok a loan. So Larry Summers worked his magic and gave them a loan by other means. Then he and Rubin charged high high interest rates, so Mexicans mortgages for houses, farms and vehicles went through the roof.This caused a massive influx of Mexicans to America for work. Alan Greenspan , in his memoirs praised Summers and Rubin for the good work they did with Mexico. Summers was in line to take Ben Bernacke's place as head of the Federal Reserve but democrats would not have it. 



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


(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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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."


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