WGAN Reporting... [size=24]Mysterious $250,000 Donation To The Maine Republican Party[/size]
A PAC out of Utah...
Probably to ensure the Collins seat in the senate.
News to me, I am the Treasurer of the Maine GOP and I have not seen 250,000 from anyone, will keep you posted.
by the way it will take alot more the 250,000 for Collens to win in Maine.
[b]How we traced the money[/b]
By KEVIN WACK, Staff Writer
Sunday, May 6, 2007
The only initial clue about the origin of the RECAF contribution came from the address that was reported to the state of Maine: 170 N. State St., La Verkin, Utah 84745.
In order to learn more, the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram sent a freelance photographer to La Verkin, a community of about 4,000 people near the Arizona border.
[b]Suit alleging abuse names GOP donor[/b]
By KEVIN WACK, Staff Writer
Robert B. Lichfield, the donor linked to a $250,000 contribution to the Maine governor's race, is facing allegations that teenagers were mistreated at youth treatment centers associated with him.
Lichfield is currently a trustee in the World Wide Association of Specialty Schools and Programs, a Utah-based organization affiliated with numerous residential treatment centers in the United States and abroad.
[b]PAC donations from Utah raise doubts in Maine[/b]
By KEVIN WACK, Staff Writer
Source: Maine ethics commission (www.maine campaignfinance.com/public)
At $250,000, it was the largest private contribution of the 2006 Maine governor's race, helping to pay for TV commercials supporting Republican Chandler Woodcock in his bid to unseat Democratic Gov. John Baldacci.
What is the point of this non-story?
Let's count up the millions of dollars of influence spent and unreported by the "news" industry.
Have you priced up a quarter page in any of our esteemed "news" papers lately?
When the Maine Press decides to [i]not[/i] run an investigative series on the failed Dirigo Health program...that can't be counted as a donation to the Big Gov't Party, can it?
When bloviators for Big Gov't like Brunelle and Grape are given $500 worth of column inches to clamour for more Big Gov't, that isn't reported as a donation to the Big Gov't Party, is it? No, they are the esteemed columnists, with 1st Amendment protections.
Such are the corrosive and stinking effects of campaign finance laws.
I fail to see the heading of your post has anything to do with the sources yo quote? UT didn't at any time give money to the Maine GOP. If money was given to the Republican Governors PAC from some UT firm so be it. We wouldn't have any knowledge of this at all.
Did the Republican Governor PAC give the Maine GOP money, more then likely so please tell me where is the story and missleading you are going with this $250,000
There is no story here and why is this an issue other then a PAC gave to the GOP what's new
[quote]Mysterious $250,000 Donation To The Maine Republican Party[/quote]
IS EXACTLY AS BROADCAST ON WGAN!
[quote="Mark T. Cenci"]What is the point of this non-story?
When the Maine Press decides to [i]not[/i] run an investigative series on the failed Dirigo Health program...why that can't be counted as a donation to the Big Gov't Party, can it?
Such are the corrosive and stinking effects of campaign finance laws.[/quote]Good one.
Usually I edit a quote, but I couldn't figure out what to remove.
I'll bet a lot of AMG members and traditional candidates would feel a lot differently about clean elections if the so-called "media" were forced to fully finance the Maine Clean Elections Fund.
Sort of like the concept of taxing smokers to fund preventative health care and smoking cessation programs.
Paul: Just because WGAN got the story wrong is not a reason to repeat the error in your headline here. Please edit your headline.
The key fact missing from Mr. Wack's story is who dumped the story in his lap and why. My guess is it is someone trying to score points against Romney.
250,000 dollars would come in handy about right now. Track this down. We could use it :wink: :D :wink:
250,000 dollars would come in handy about right now. Track this down. We could use it :wink: :D :wink:[/quote]
When I saw this posting I went to the files ASAP.
We got 200,000 from the RGA to work on Get out the vote. that is all it was used for and it was in the last election. I then called the Ex Director and ask if there was a 250,000 check in the office that I was not aware of, Answer is NO, Darn thougth we had some extra cash around
Sorry no money but you all can send your Check to
9 higgins st
Augsta Maine 04330
we would take 5.00 to 250,000 and I would take a Check from UT if they wish to send it to us directly
Anyone in Maine have $250,000 laying around put it directly towards taxes I am sure... roll roll
Can we expect reporter Kevin Wack to tell us who were the recipients of the $605,000 - plus union contributions also listed in his report?
I agree with Dan. Wack's piece is a shot at the Romney for President campaign.
My guess is it is someone trying to score points against Romney.
Sounds like it might be targeted for the general election rather than the primary my guess is that it was a democrat, that feels a threat from Romney..
The only question is:
Why Maine? I don't think Romney will win Maine to break the story if they did.Why would they choose Maine?
Because that is where the money is.
[b]Why the fake donor address?[/b]
So now, Dan Billings, what were you trying to tell us in that other (now deleted) thread? "Don't ask me any more questions, because any conversations I had with party poobahs about criminal activity are privileged" ???
Does this explain why the Esteemed and Beloved Party Leader headed for the hills after only 5-months on the job? Did he get wind of the PPH's inquiry and decide he didn't want to stick around as the prime party spokesman, and target of opportunity, in a game of media Wack-A-Mole?
Did your party's Fearless Leader know about the donation (euphemism for bribe) before he became party chairman, or did one of the party comrades throw his arm around the mark, and set him up as the sucker who remains standing when the music stops, in a game of political musical chairs?
Oh, Esteemed Former Leader, did you leave the chairman post because you suddenly felt like Fredo in that Godfather scene when the younger Corleone kisses you on both cheeks?
I don't think the Money was giving to the Maine GOP it was giving the Republican Governors Association of Maine Political Action Committee. That PAC Is run by the RGA not by the Maine GOP.
[url=http://thehill.com/leading-the-news/lawsuits-hit-a-romney-money-man-2007... mega-donor linked to fraud and child abuse[/url]
133 plaintiffs have alleged that Robert Lichfield, co-chairman of Romneyâ€™s Utah finance committee owned or operated residential boarding schools for troubled teenagers where students were â€œsubjected to physical abuse, emotional abuse and sexual abuse.â€
...alleges children attending schools operated by Lichfield suffered abuses such as unsanitary living conditions; denial of adequate food; exposure to extreme temperatures; beatings; confinement in dog cages; and sexual fondling.
...alleges that Lichfield and several partners entered into a scheme to defraud them by operating an unlicensed boarding school in upstate New York.
[i]Gotta wonder what Lichfield expected in return, eh?[/i]