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Maine’s Biggest Employer, Maine’s Smallest Employer, and Eliot Cutler’s Campaign Account

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.

4 thoughts on “Maine’s Biggest Employer, Maine’s Smallest Employer, and Eliot Cutler’s Campaign Account”

  1. Tor says:

    I gotta hand it to these so called “centrists”, they’ve wised up a bit on their ineffective strategies. In the recent past they’ve done what a lot of activists/would be players have tried and utterly failed at numerous times, trying to create a national movement/party by fiat. After two failed presidential campaigns and numerous failed federal organizations (like that “NoLabels” organization) it seems they’ve begun to realize the error of their ways and have recalibrated their tactics. Instead of trying to run hopeless federal campaigns on the idea that once people hear about your ideas they’re just going to rush to your devotion they’re working on the local and state level. I suspect ol’ Petey and his gang will start to seriously readjust their political activity and funds and send it straight to Maine’s way, a state where the crap they spout actually has a record of success for whatever reason. Build your movement state by state. Takes time, patience, but it has a larger successful track record than “I’ll wave my magic wand and get millions to come to my side”. Good news is liberals/lefties/progressives are beginning to do the same thing. You got the SocialistAlternative party, where they’ve won a seat in Seattle and nearly won a seat in Minneapolis. The movement they started (15Now) which is spreading outside Seattle. The Chicago teachers union starting their own independent (of the Democrats) political wing. The Vermont progressive party as well, which has played an integral part in getting single payer healthcare be a reality in Vermont. And a few others that I’m probably forgetting about. And despite the Greens so called devotion to localism, they’ve played very little role in trying to build with this strategy. Find that pretty weird.

    1. Jim Cook says:

      Thanks for writing and for the tips, Tor. SocialistAlternative, 15Now, Chicago Teachers’ party, Vermont Progressive Party. I’ve got to look into those.

  2. Bill says:

    On the principle that “as goes Akin Gump, so goes Governor Cutler,” I took a minute to analyze AG’s top income-generating lobbying clients, by sector, for 2013. The top four sectors, by a country mile, are:
    1. Healthcare industry
    2. Gambling/casinos
    3. Financial
    4. Energy

  3. stephanie says:

    i wouldlike one of his tshirts

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