Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Steve Woods, an independent candidate for Maine's open U.S. Senate seat, said he'll work for free if he gets elected.
Woods issued a news release Wednesday saying he would donate the entire $174,000-a-year U.S. Senator salary to charity.
“Our founding fathers never intended for our country to be run by professional politicians. In recent history there has been a trend towards our government being run by a wealthy political class often out of touch with the citizenry," Woods said in a news release.
Woods is chairman of the Yarmouth Town Council and the owner of TideSmart Global, a marketing company. He has had a diverse career, including as a player agent for professional athletes and road manager for the Amazing Kreskin, and now has said he has $1 million to personally invest in his campaign if needed.
Woods said that, if he is elected, he would form an independent committee to choose charities to receive his annual senator's salary.
“I will be asking Maine voters to elect me to represent them in the U.S. Senate free from any profit motive. During my term there will be no book deals, no $50,000 corporate speeches, no $2 million history lessons given to Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac, just honest representation,” Woods said.
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