Thursday, April 24, 2014
We reported earlier this week on the first money bomb of Maine’s legislative election season: More than $13,000 dumped into Biddeford-Saco area Democratic primary races by would-be Biddeford racino developer Ocean Properties of Portsmouth, N.H.
Most of those funds – $9513 – were in support of Rep. Donald Pilon, a racino supporter going up against fellow Rep. Linda Valentino for Saco’s state senate seat, which is being vacated by (the term-limited) Barry Hobbins. We reported that Pilon, a realtor, was also backed by $2500 in independent expenditures by the Maine Association of Realtors PAC.
Pilon has additional admirers. A fresh disclosure at the state ethics commission website indicates that the National Association of Realtors have also intervened in Senate District 5. On June 5, the Chicago-based industry association spent $3500 on telephone phone banks and/or automated phone calls in support of Pilon.
It’s not clear why the realtors are out in force for Pilon, but he was one of only four Democrats to vote for the (unsuccessful) regulatory takings bill, which the Maine association supported.
Open Season is your guide to the 2014 campaign. Our team of political writers has its sights set on Maine’s major elections, from the Blaine House to the U.S. Capitol.
Steve Mistler is covering the 2014 governor's race. He covers politics and government for the Portland Press Herald. He spends a lot of time in the hallways of the State House.
Steve can be reached at 791-6345 or email@example.com.
On Twitter: @stevemistler
Eric Russell is covering Independent Eliot Cutler during the 2014 governor's race. He is a general assignment reporter for the Portland Press Herald.
Eric can be reached at 791-6344 or firstname.lastname@example.org
On Twitter: @pphericrussell
Matt Byrne is covering Republican Paul LePage during the 2014 governor's race. He covers Falmouth, Cumberland, North Yarmouth, Yarmouth and Freeport for the Portland Press Herald.
Matt can be reached at 791-6303 or email@example.com
On Twitter: @mattbyrnePPH
Randy Billings is covering Democrat Mike Michaud during the 2014 governor's race. He covers Portland City Hall for the Portland Press Herald.
Randy can be reached at 791-6346 or firstname.lastname@example.org
On Twitter: @randybillings
Kevin Miller is covering Maine's U.S. Senate race and 1st Congressional District race. He covers politics and government for the Portland Press Herald.
Kevin can be reached at 317-6256 or email@example.com
On Twitter: @kevinmillerdc
Michael Shepherd is covering Maine's 2nd Congressional District race. He is a news and State House reporter for the Kennebec Journal.
Michael can be reached at 621-5632 or firstname.lastname@example.org
On Twitter: @mikeshepherdME