Lobbyists Pursue Attorneys General

“Attorneys general are now the object of aggressive pursuit by lobbyists and lawyers who use campaign contributions, personal appeals at lavish corporate-sponsored conferences and other means to push them to drop investigations, change policies, negotiate favorable settlements or pressure federal regulators, an investigation by The New York Times has found.

A result is that the routine lobbying and deal-making occur largely out of view. But the extent of the cause and effect is laid bare in The Times’s review of more than 6,000 emails obtained through open records laws in more than two dozen states, interviews with dozens of participants in cases and attendance at several conferences where corporate representatives had easy access to attorneys general. Often, the corporate representative is a former colleague.”

“The current and increasing level of the lobbying of attorneys general creates, at the minimum, the appearance of undue influence, and is therefore unseemly,” said James E. Tierney, a former attorney general of Maine, who now runs a program at Columbia University that studies state attorneys general. “It is undermining the credibility of the office of attorney general.”

“Mr. Tierney, the former Maine attorney general, said that lobbyists were entitled to set up a meeting with the attorneys general in their offices. But to write a check, for as much as $125,000, to gain days’ worth of private time with the attorneys general is another matter, he said. When you start to connect the actual access to money, and the access involves law enforcement officials, you have clearly crossed a line,” he said. “What is going on is shocking, terrible.”

“In an effort to make allies rather than adversaries, Bernard Nash, the head of the attorney general practice at Dickstein and the self-proclaimed “godfather” of the field, tells clients that it is essential to build a personal relationship with important attorneys general, part of what his firm boasts as “connections that count.”

“Through their interaction with A.G.s, these individuals will become the ‘face’ of the company to A.G.s, who are less likely to demagogue companies they know and respect,” said a confidential memo that Dickstein sent late last year to one prospective client, Caesars Entertainment.

Executing this strategy means targeting the attorneys general “front office,” a reference to the handful of important decision makers.”

“For the attorneys general, there is a personal benefit, too: Their airfare, meals and hotel bills at these elite resorts are generally covered, either by the corporate sponsors or state taxpayers.”

“The schedule of attorney general conferences for the coming year is laid out — after a pause for the elections — with events set for the Fontainebleau resort in Miami Beach, the Four Seasons Hotel at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas and the Grand Wailea resort on Maui, among many others. The invitations for corporate sponsorships are already being sent.”
Read more HERE.

James  Tierney, a former attorney general of Maine, states “What is going on is shocking, terrible. It is undermining the credibility of the office of attorney general.” Oh really? Credibility?

Evidence proves a pattern of official corruption within Maine’s Attorney General’s Office since the days of Jim Tierney…nothing has changed!

How about some accountability within Maine’s government?

With the upcoming election, will the elected officials finally do the right thing….or will history repeat itself? Will credibility not only lack with the Attorney General?

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List of Maine Attorneys General, click here.

List of Maine Lobbyists and Clients, click here.

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Published in: on November 3, 2014 at 9:04 am  Comments (2)  

List Of Maine Lobbyists And Clients

Maine lobbyists (2014), click here.

All Lobbying Years, click here.

Lobbyists/Clients, click here.

Alphabetical List of Registrations by Lobbyist – 2013 Lobbying Year, click here.

Meet the largest team of Maine lobbyists, click here.

Related: LIST OF MAINE LOBBYISTS AND CLIENTS (2012), click here.

Maine Lobbyists Get Public Pensions! Click here.

Published in: on October 27, 2014 at 11:30 pm  Comments (1)  

Maine Lobbyists Get Public Pensions!

“Hundreds of lobbyists in at least 20 states, including Maine, get public pensions because they represent associations of counties, cities and school boards.

Legislatures granted them access decades ago on the premise that they serve governments and the public. In many cases, such access also includes state health care benefits.

Groups argue that they are entitled to public pensions because they give a voice to government entities that serve taxpayers.”

Read more, click here.

One commentator has hit the nail on the head…”Entitled”? “Doesn’t this also make them Accountable, Responsible and “LIABLE” for actions of the Government that they’ve influenced?”

List of Maine Lobbyists, click here.

Where are the pensions we are entitled to?

Why the cover up with Metropolitan Life Insurance Co.?

Legislators are in position to serve “we the people” and be our voice. They have created “agencies/departments” to protect the consumer. Where is protection at the Bureau of Insurance? The Department of Professional and Financial Regulation?The list goes on!  Where is our voice?

These agencies/departments are just another layer of the corrupt onion!

Have you had enough yet?

When people realize and finally see the connection of the dots to various officials/agencies/departments….you might eventually understand the scams/schemes perpetrated against the people of this state of Maine. Sufficient documented evidence has been posted on this blog.

 

 

 

 

 

Published in: on August 25, 2013 at 6:47 pm  Comments (4)  

Joshua Tardy’s “Double Vision” Wrong For Judicial Selection Committee

On Friday, April 29, 2011 Governor Paul LePage announced the members of his Judicial Selection Committee. “I am pleased to have a group of experienced attorneys to advise me on judicial appointments. One of a governor’s lasting legacies is his judicial appointments and I take my responsibility to nominate judges very seriously. I look forward to working closely with this distinguished group of Democrats, Republicans, and Independents from all parts of the State to ensure that Maine people continue to be served by a high quality judiciary,” said Governor LePage.

Joshua Tardy will serve as the committee’s chair.

On Tuesday, July 2, 2013 Governor Paul R. LePage performed the swearing in of two judges. “In choosing judges, my focus is on the qualifications, demeanor, and integrity of the candidates, not politics.”

Judges are reviewed by the Joint Standing Committee on Judiciary and confirmed by the full Senate.

You should research which republicans – under the Baldacci administration – are advisors/commissioners/committee members, etc. under the LePage administration. You might learn something. A good place to start is with Joshua Tardy!

Maine Governor Paul LePage has aligned himself with the wrong people, not only with the Judicial Selection  Committee.

Is he getting “advice” from the Baldacci left-overs? Although, Joshua Tardy is a Republican.

(Now former) Rep. Joshua Tardy(R), during the tenure of Governor John Baldacci (D), was contacted regarding a fraudulent election in Biddeford, Maine. He was  informed of  ballot tampering and tampering of first class mailings with the post office. His help was also sought with fraudulent confiscation of  properties.  He stated, quote “this has been hashed over.” When asked why the complaining party wasn’t included in the “hashing over” of this issue, he  declined to speak and hung up.  Now Governor LePage nominates him to the Judicial Selection Committee?

Related: JUDICIAL NOMINATIONS IN MAINE – SOMETHING TO KEEP AN EYE ON!

There is some talk of Joshua Tardy running for CD2 congressional seat.  Who wants a lobbyist as a rep? Would he be representing us or his special interests…once again!

Maine lobbyists.

Governor LePage must take into consideration his “lasting legacies is his judicial appointments”  and take his responsibility to nominate judges more seriously. He must work more closely “with the people” who have been so irreparably harmed  by this less than “distinguished group of Democrats, Republicans, and Independents from all parts of the State” who have not “ensured that Maine people continue to be served by a high quality judiciary.”

The people know the problems. One of the problems is colleagues covering each others butts! The longer they have covered up…they deeper the hole they have dug. Misprision of Felony is still on the books!

Help the people restore our republic, Governor LePage. The people will back you.

LIST OF MAINE LOBBYISTS AND CLIENTS

Click here.

update 1-7-14

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To view the list, click here.

Related: Maine Lobbyists Get Public Pensions! Click here.

Published in: on July 3, 2012 at 2:38 pm  Comments (5)  
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