October 7, 2013

In South Portland campaign, oil allies outspend opponents 10-1

The latest campaign-expense disclosures show in-kind donations play a key role for all parties.

By Matt Byrne mbyrne@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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In this Sept. 18, 2013 file photo,Protect South Portland, a group opposing the exporting of tar sands out of Casco Bay, held a press conference to list 216 local businesses supporting their efforts. Deb Hutson, a realtor with Keller-Williams Real Estate, speaks at the press conference.

John Ewing / Staff Photographer

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Tar Sands Campaigns - Top Donors

Four groups are registered to raise and spend money in the campaign over the Waterfront Protection Ordinance in South Portland. Two of them, the Natural Resources Council of Maine and Save Bug Light, an affiliate of Environment Maine, did not raise any cash in the three-month period that ended Sept. 30. Below are the top individual donors to the opposing campaign groups:

PROTECT SOUTH PORTLAND

Anna Lundquist, South Portland $242.45Karen Sanford, South Portland $200Timothy A. Boggs, Cape Elizabeth $193.90Louise Tate, South Portland $145.35Six donors gave $100 each

WORKING WATERFRONT COALITION

Portland Pipe Line Corp., South Portland $30,000Gulf Oil, Framingham, Mass. $20,000Sprague Energy, Portsmouth, N.H. $10,000Cianbro, Pittsfield $10,000

By far, the largest single contribution to Protect South Portland came from the husband and wife team of Roberta and Barry Zuckerman, who loaned the campaign $1,500, half of which has been repaid. The next largest single receipt was from Anna Lundquist of Pine Street in South Portland, for $242.45. Smaller, unitemized contributions accounted for $1,170.45 from an unknown number of donors.

The largest single donation to the Working Waterfront Coalition, $30,000, came from the Portland Pipe Line Corp., which operates the 236-mile underground pipe that has been used since the 1940s to ship crude oil from tankers docked in the Port of Portland to refineries in Montreal.

Spending by Protect South Portland, at $4,927.21 in the three-month period, went largely to rent, insure and stock its campaign office. Food for volunteers was another common expense. The organization had outspent its income by $288.25 at the end of September.

Key expenses for the Working Waterfront Coalition were for consultant work, including $4,000 to Burgess Advertising and Marketing of Portland; $4,466.88 to Dirigo Engagement Strategies LLC of Portland; $2,786.99 for printing mail; and a total of $7,000 for newspaper advertising, including $1,000 to MaineToday Media, which publishes the Portland Press Herald.

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