Delicious…And Tangy.

Have to hand it to Steve Mistler over at the PPH. Major hat tip on this one. Mike Michaud filed his paperwork for the Gubernatorial run, with a shocker for the Cutler campaign.

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Still, there was at least one important nugget in the Ethics Commission filing: Bonnie Porta.

Porta will be Michaud’s campaign treasurer. This matters.

Two reasons:

First, Porta and her husband, Robert C.S. Monks, are prolific donors to the Maine Democratic Party. Second, both gave money to independent candidate Eliot Cutler in 2010. ”

In the words of George Takei…”OH…MY”

That means, among the backfield from Cutler’s last run, the only person likely to be picking up the phone when it comes to fundraising is Tin Cup.

The most appropriate theme music I could come up with was this gem.

 

 

 

 

 

After a moment to go smoke, get a fresh iced tea and whatnot, I have determined the penultimate IDEAL theme music for this revelation. http://youtu.be/qT_c-x0kSTQ

“A little of the old in/out, in/out.”

Master of doublespeak EC hit the air on WGAN this morning for that weekly mutual masturbation session called “The Cutler Conversation.”  Each week, Ken or Mike dutifully asks him if he will officially announce. This morning, he did…sort of.

Audio Here.

Yes, he’s running, but that official announcement isn’t quite as official, as he intends to officially announce in the Fall. The reason? MONEY.

He can raise a LOT of funds between now and then, without tipping his hand on just who the donors are.

He can keep that cushy once a month gig on the weekends at WGAN, the “Inside Politics” show, at least until he officially declares. At that point,  station management will sort of have to do a back an fill. Is  his show a political advertisement, and should they allow ALL the other candidates equal time, or will they fess up and admit he’s buying the time?

Guess everyone forgot about that.

As Predicted.

As predicted, at USM School of Business event on Thursday, Ted O’Meara didn’t waste a second in informing me (complete with waggling finger, though to his credit not the one I suspected he’d use) that “You’ve got your facts all wrong.”

He went on to point out that a candidate committee is NOT a PAC. I knew that, and stated as much. He went further to say that the state has not yet published the filing guidelines for the 2014 campaign.

Two things of note. I guess restating to me what I stated in the post could technically be called a correction. At least he had a chance to add a billable hour.

The other thing…the pointy barbs are getting to them. Even with minor pageviews (under 30,) that says a lot.

“Strike One…”

Yes, I caught the Rebekah Metzler piece (Link: ) a few weeks back about the BIG fundraiser for EC and the rest of the not-quite-ready-for-primetime-players down in DC. This makes an average reporter with an IQ higher than a turnip start digging in and asking questions.

Unfortunately, those turnips are winning. Consider the following.

1. In January, EC filed the necessary paperwork to be considered a candidate. Not the signatures to get on the ballot, mind you, but that fiddly little bit of legal stuff that says he’s planning on running, and will be planning on fundraising.

2. His campaign committee is called “Cutler For Maine,” as listed on his candidate report. (link here)

3 That campaign committee never filed a PAC report, as due on April 10th. He could argue that no report was filed since it isn’t a PAC, but what exactly is it? Further, the planned fundraiser swankiness certainly has some up-front expenses that have to be paid, and reported if they fall within the time frame of the period in question. Caterers, stringed musicians and such. Can’t quite plan a fundraiser with the “K-Street” set unless you’ve purchased plenty of whiskey, either.

4. The $1500 a ticket price virtually guarantees that the buyers of influence set will be setting the agenda for his campaign. Not a shocker, but keep bringing that up the next time he gives the “Aw, shucks” local boy shrug.

5 Such funds, raised at this time and left unreported, could quite literally be spent on anything. Attack ads, Justin Schair’s salary, Ted O’Meara’s pre-consulting fees, a whiskey and hookers lawn dart party…we’ll never know.

DISCLOSURE: I have had several questions about who is paying for this blog.

Me. In the interest of full disclosure, I took myself out a week ago and bought myself a beer for the effort. Thursday, I’ll likely run in to O’Meara at this event (“The Business of Politics”) so I promise to leave the recorder running when I ask him about future plans for the big piles of untraceable cash.