Maine People's Alliance
MPA Board Members
As of May 2015;
- Brenda Akers - Lewiston
- Davida Ammerman - Madison
- Dick Bissel - Bangor
- Heidi Brooks - Lewiston
- Tim Conmee - Orrigton
- Melissa Dunn -Auburn
- Philemon Dushimire -Westbrook
- Ashley Gorczyca -Portland
- Sheryl Lee - Portland
- Susan Pelletier - Lewiston
- Jenny Rottman - Portland
- Bettyann Sheats - Auburn
- Jim Willis - Cape Elizabeth
- Jesse Graham, Executive Director
- Amy Halsted, Associate Director
- Mike Tipping, Communications Director
- Andrew Francis, Deputy Communications Director
- Ben Chin, Political Engagement Director
- Bridget Surber, Member Programs Director
- Phil Bailey, Major Gifts Director
- Melissa Urey, Office Manager
- Deborrah Jabar, Portland Administrative Assistant
Community Organizers/Issue Organizers
- Gen Lysen, Lead Organizer and Androscoggin Valley Chapter Organizer
- Jennie Pirkl, Greater Portland/Healthcare Organizer
- Caroline Ginsberg, Midcoast Organizer
- Alain Nahimana, Immigrant Rights and Racial Justice Organizer
- Meagan Lauer, Phone Canvass Director
- Daniel Sipe, Portland Field Canvass Director
- Sam Portera, Bangor Field Canvass Director
National Peoples Action
Maine People's Alliance is affiliated to National Peoples Action.
MPA endorses Michaud
Each election cycle, volunteers with Maine People's Alliance Campaign Vote! PAC evaluate candidates in state and federal races. Those endorsed by MPA Campaign Vote! have shown through their responses to questionnaires and interviews with MPA members that they support the values of community, fairness and investment in the future.
Today the Maine People's Alliance Campaign Vote! board announced endorsements in Maine House and Senate primary races. MPACV has endorsed Ralph Chapman of Brooksville for House District 133, Michelle Dunphy of Old Town for House District 122, and a dual endorsement of both Rebecca Cornell Du Houx and Donna Doore in House District 85.
For the Senate, MPACV has also endorsed Catherine Breen of Falmouth in Senate District 25.
“Each of these candidates has proven themselves as progressive leaders who will fight for a Maine where everyone has what they need, everyone contributes their fair share, and no one is left behind,” said MPA board member Sheryl Lee. “In Senate District 25, Cathy Breen best represents and articulates the shared values of the people of Maine. In particular, she is a champion for health care as a basic human right. She will fight to make sure that every family has a family doctor and every Mainer has access to the care they need.”
Maine power players
Donald Sussman, his daughter, Emily Sussman, and Daniel Hildreth are listed as attendees of the Democracy Alliance's 2014 meeting at the Ritz Carlton Chicago , where progressive power players are believed to have crafted a dark money spending strategy for the 2014 elections. The alliance does not accept donations itself, but serves as a pass through organization facilitating the transfer of millions of dollars in anonymous dark money to political action committees and 501(c)4s such as the Maine People's Alliance.
Last year, the New York Times gave some indication that Maine’s prominent Democratic figures would be associating with the Democracy Alliance to influence the 2014 elections. “In Maine,” the Times wrote, “a consortium of progressive groups financed by the hedge fund billionaire S. Donald Sussman, [a Democracy Alliance] member, is looking to unseat Gov. Paul R. LePage this year and put both the governor’s office and the Legislature under Democratic control.”
Although Sussman’s membership with the DA is well-known, the list indicates that his daughter is a new member.
Daniel Hildreth, of Falmouth, is the grandson of former Maine governor Horace Hildreth, a Republican. Horace established Maine’s first television station, WABI-TV, a company which is still controlled by Daniel via his Portland-based firm Diversified Communications. Additionally, Hildreth is the vice chair of GrowSmart a trustee of the Maine Audubon and a board member of OnlineMariner.com.
Hildreth’s connection to the DA was previously unknown.
He is currently serving as the campaign treasurer for Democrat Shenna Bellows’ U.S. Senate campaign.
Since 2008, Hildreth has donated $14,483 to Democratic causes and candidates in Maine. On the federal level, he has donated to several Democratic candidates and political action committees, including $1000 donations each to U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.). Since 2008, Hildreth has given $8000 to U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-Maine), Sussman’s wife.
A 2012 story by the Portland Press Herald, a newspaper owned by Sussman, listed Hildreth as the 5th largest giver to federal campaigns in Maine. That year, Hildreth gave $30,800 to the Democratic National Committee and $50,000 to the Obama Victory Fund 2012, according to Federal Election Commission records.
But Hildreth’s spending on politics pales in comparison to Sussman’s.
The Center for Responsive Politics, lists Sussman as the tenth largest contributor to outside spending groups in the 2014 election cycle. In 2012, Sussman gave almost one million dollars to federal campaigns, according to the Press Herald. According to the CRP, he has already donated $880,000 to the House Majority PAC for the 2014 election cycle.
Mike Tipping, communications director for the Sussman-funded Maine People's Alliance, wrote in April that the Koch brothers were “killing Medicaid expansion in Maine.” Tipping said the defeat of Medicaid expansion in Maine didn’t just happen because of GOP resistance, but as “part of a well-funded, well-coordinated campaign to impose on all of us the political views of a wealthy, conservative few.”
Although Tipping did not have any evidence to support his thesis, he did have plenty of conspiratorial innuendo. In contrast, the release of the Democracy Alliance members’ list adds to the mountain of evidence suggesting that Tipping is a paid actor in a well-funded, well-coordinated campaign to impose on all of us the political views of a wealthy, progressive few.
Senate President Justin Alfond (D-Portland) and Rep. Diane Russell (D-Portland) have also jumped on the Koch-hating bandwagon while conveniently ignoring the influence of Democratic dark money. In a fundraising letter, Alfond complained that the Kochs had a “target” on his back. Russell, in a recent newspaper op-ed, declared that she was forming a legislative task force to spy out Legislation that may have been influenced by the Kochs.
Committee to Rebuild Maine’s Middle Class
The Committee to Rebuild Maine’s Middle Class. This leftist super PAC, which ran several ads in the 2014 election cycle, would be required by the ballot initiative to list its top 3 donors on any ads in 2016. Except the top donor to The Committee to Rebuild Maine’s Middle Class is the Maine People's Alliance. The MPA is a 501(c)4 organization, which in turn is not required to reveal it’s donors.
- By using shell organizations, liberal donors are able to pay for television and radio ads without ever revealing themselves.
Committee to Rebuild Maine’s Middle Class was given a $50K contribution from Maine Votes. What’s this rather nondescript group that has tens of thousands of dollars to dole out? Maine Votes is a front organization for MPA.
The Maine Small Business Coalition touts itself as an independent organization formed and operated by small businesses, but when confronted by reporters, the Maine People's Alliance admitted it was part of their organization.
- MPA Board
- Maine People's Alliance staff, accessed September 2015
- [http://www.themainewire.com/2014/05/maine-political-players-attend-conference-shadowy-democracy-alliance/MaineWiseMaine political players attend conference for shadowy Democracy AllianceBy Steve Robinson onMay 7, 2014]