Today, Independent candidate for Governor of Maine Eliot Cutler met the legally-required deadline for him to send campaign contribution data for the Spring of 2014 to the Maine Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices. I encourage you to take a look at the report for yourself. Here’s what I noticed.
Maine is not a big state in terms of its population. But in the small state, Maine’s biggest employer is Hannaford, a chain of grocery stores.
How many employees of Hannaford contributed to Eliot Cutler’s gubernatorial campaign in the Spring of 2014? Zero.
You could say that Maine’s smallest employer is Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, a top-flight Washington DC lobbying firm. Most people just the lobbying firm by its pet name, “Akin Gump.” Akin Gump gained one Maine employee in Eliot Cutler when it bought Cutler’s own influence firm and made him a partner. Cutler has since left Akin Gump to run for Governor of Maine as an “independent,” dropping the number of Maine residents employed by Akin Gump back down to zero.
How many employees of Akin Gump contributed to Eliot Cutler’s gubernatorial campaing in the Spring of 2014? Eight.