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Susan Collins, Big Money Candidate. Shenna Bellows, Small Money Candidate. Who Wins?

Contribution totals in the Maine Senate race through October 15, 2014 have become available at the Federal Election Commission, and they tell a story of strong contrasts.

Here’s a graphic profile of Democrat Shenna Bellows’ campaign contributors:

Campaign Contribution Profile of Democratic Party Senate Candidate Shenna Bellows of Maine

And here’s a graphic profile of Republican Susan Collins’ campaign contributors:

Campaign Contribution Profile of Republican Maine Senate Candidate Susan Collins, January through October 2014

Less than 1 in 10 dollars to Shenna Bellows’ campaign came from political action committees and political party machines; more than 4 in 10 dollars to Susan Collins’ campaign came from corporate and party sources.  The vast majority of the individual contribution dollars coming to Susan Collins came from people giving $200 or more; FEC data show that the average contribution to Collins was $792.  A noticeably larger share of Shenna Bellows’ contribution dollars came from people giving $200 or less; FEC data shows that the average contribution to Bellows was $381, less than half the contribution that Collins earned.

Who are these big donors to Republican Susan Collins?  They don’t live in Maine, the state that she is supposed to represent. Collins’ bigger donors come from the centers of power and wealth in this country, centers far outside of Maine.

For example, in this election cycle, 9 people who work for the top lobbying firm in the nation, Patton Boggs, donated funds to Susan Collins.  They are:

Donor Donation amount
BOGGS, THOMAS H JR $1,000.00
BREAUX, JOHN $1,000.00
DROBAC, MICHAEL $500.00
GINSBERG, BENJAMIN L $500.00
GREEN, MICAH $1,000.00
JONAS, JOHN $500.00
KENDRICK, MARTHA M $500
RAMIREZ, LILIA L $250.00
THOMPSON, RICHARD $500.00

While Susan Collins raked in 9 donations from the DC giant Patton Boggs, she got no contributions from the town of Pembroke, Maine.

Shenna Bellows received a $50 contribution from Pembroke, Maine, but $50 from Pembroke that can’t compete with all that money from Patton Boggs. Nobody who works for Patton Boggs donated money to Shenna Bellows.

In 2013 and 2014, 60 people working for the lobbying and corporate law firm DLA Piper donated funds to Susan Collins.  They are:

Donor Donation amount:
BAMBERGER, DAVID H $500.00
BERNHARD, BERL $500.00
BERSTEIN, MATTHEW $500.00
BOYD, BENJAMIN $500.00
BURCH, FRANCES $2,000.00
BUSS, DAVID $1,000.00
BYNOE, PETER $1,000.00
CHESLEY, RICHARD $1,000.00
CLARKE, DAVID JR $500.00
COWIN, MERLE $500.00
CRIZ, JESSE $1,000.00
CUSACK, JOHN T $1,000.00
DEWEY, ELIZABETH $500.00
EPSTIEN, JAY $500.00
FINNERTY, JOSEPH III $500.00
FORD, ANN $1,000.00
FREDRICKSON, KENT $500.00
GATELY, MARY $500.00
GLICKSTEIN, DAVID $500.00
GOLDMAN, EDWARD S $1,000.00
GOLDMAN, ROBERT $1,000.00
GRANT, ANDREA $1,000.00
GRUENDEL, ROBERT $1,000.00
HOULE, JEFFREY $500.00
KAHN, SARAH $500.00
KEITELMAN, JEFFREY R $1,000.00
KELLMAN, SANDRA $1,000.00
KELLY, ANASTASIA $1,000.00
KLAWITER, RICHARD $1,000.00
KLEIN, FREDERICK $1,000.00
KLEIN, GARY J $500.00
LEE, TARA $500.00
LEVINE, HEIDI $250.00
MARKS, RICHARD $500.00
MATHIAS, ROBERT $1,000.00
MCCLURE, FREDERICK $500.00
MEDANSKY, KEITH $1,000.00
MENDELSOHN, DAVID $1,000.00
MERRIGAN, JOHN $1,000.00
MESHULAM, DEBORAH $1,000.00
MILLER, LEE $1,000.00
MITCHELL, ALISON $250.00
MYSLIWEIC, STEPHEN $300.00
NADEAU, MARK $1,000.00
NAPOLITANO, STEVEN $1,000.00
NOVAK, THEODORE J $1,000.00
PHILLIPS, STEVEN $500.00
RECTOR, RICHARD $1,000.00
RUDNICK, WILLIAM A $1,000.00
SCHEELER, CHARLES $500.00
SHAH, RAJ $1,000.00
SILBERT, EARL $500.00
SMITH, ROBERT W JR $500.00
SULLIVAN, JOHN L $500.00
SURKIN, ELLIOT $500.00
SUSLER, DAVID G $1,000.00
VACKETTA, CARL $500.00
WEIL, ANDREW L $1,000.00
YAGGY, MICHAEL $500.00
ZEIDMAN, PHILIP $500.00

While Susan Collins raked in 60 donations from the massive DLA Piper firm, she got no contributions from people who work for the Down East Community Hospital in Machias, Maine.

In contrast, Shenna Bellows received one relatively small contribution of $150 from a resident of nearby Jonesboro, Maine who works for the rural Down East Community Hospital. Not one soul who works for DLA Piper funneled money to Shenna Bellows.

Who is Susan Collins going to represent in her next term as a U.S. Senator? The town of Pembroke or the lobbyists at Patton Boggs? The Down East Community Hospital with its small staff and just 25 beds, or the thoroughly staffed corporate firm DLA Piper? When there are battles on Capitol Hill pitting one against the other, who do you think will win?

3 thoughts on “Susan Collins, Big Money Candidate. Shenna Bellows, Small Money Candidate. Who Wins?”

  1. Tom says:

    Money and influence – how politics has ‘evolved’ (or has it always been this way, but kept secret and quiet back when the country was young and inexperienced, but now the curtain is removed because it doesn’t matter any longer?). Whatever the situation, it doesn’t work for “the people” these days – and most of us are so fed up we aren’t even going to participate in the charade. If these greedy, psychopathic bastards want to line their pockets while the environment and the economy implode, they’ll soon find out that their money and influence won’t help when there’s nothing to eat and that they’ll be hunted and badgered for what they have by the vast hordes who have nothing (and nothing to lose).

    Social and economic events are getting uglier and more bizarre every year and 2015 should be a ‘doozy.’

  2. Tom says:

    The Constitution SHOULD have made for free and fair elections of people depending on their stances on real issues, not how fast they can become rich by playing ball with the corporate greed-bags or the sociopathic wealthy ‘elites’ to do their bidding. I have the feeling that it wasn’t designed that way purposely, because the original signers were the same crappy people we have in power now – looking out for their own interests. At least back then they had a lot of work to do to set up the newly formed country whereas now it’s all about positioning for power and wealth and the masses can go pound sand. Where the U.S. used to be a beacon of hope for the rest of the world and a (mistaken) model for how governments should run, now we’re hated world-wide, make more enemies every day and our own people are being preyed upon by the police state that’s been created, capitalism (which ruined any chance true democracy had), and leaders who are complete tools of the corporate/capitalist system that’s taken over.

  3. J Clifford says:

    Big out of state money wins!

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