The Press Herald has however once more been duped into quoting a left-wing astroturf group that purports to represent Maine modest firms.
The so-referred to as “Maine Modest Small business Coalition” sounds like a group that represents Maine modest firms. If you only study the Press Herald, you possibly believe that is what it is.
But according to records from Maine’s Secretary of State, the “coalition” is essentially an assumed name registered to the Maine People’s Alliance, a left-wing nonprofit funded by international dark dollars.
Press Herald reporter Joe Lawlor credulously quotes “Selecca Bulgar-Medina, director of the Maine Modest Small business Coalition” in his story on the push for new taxes to fund a state-run paid leave plan in Maine.
Press Herald reporter quotes fake company advocate
A cursory use of Google search would have revealed that Bulgar-Medina’s fake company group is headquartered at 565 Congress St., Suite 200. Portland, Maine 04101.
That just takes place to be the precise address and workplace suite of the Maine People’s Alliance and a host of other liberal front groups.
Such a search would have also revealed that Bulgar-Medina has never ever run a modest company in Maine or anyplace else.
A short assessment of Maine campaign finance would have also shown the Bulgar-Medina is listed as a “decision maker” and “fundraiser” for a Maine People’s Alliance-backed ballot query committee to advance the paid leave tax.
Political groups made by operatives to seem like they are “grassroots” organizations are identified as astroturf.
The Maine Wire has reported on the Maine People’s Alliance‘s deceptive use of astroturf given that 2013.
For extra than a decade, distinctive causes, funded by dark dollars contributions, have utilized the name “Maine Modest Small business Coalition” to give the look that modest firms assistance left-wing policies, which invariably suggests greater taxes.
All through that time, Maine’s liberal newspapers have either been complicit in the deception or also lazy to query the motivations of the people today they’re quoting.
The citation in this instance is especially egregious contemplating that the Maine People’s Alliance was the group that organized tens of activists to turn out in assistance of the paid leave tax bill in the course of the committee hearing for the bill.
Maine campaign finance records show that “Mainers for Paid Leave BQC,” the principal political group backing the ballot initiative, is also registered to the identical workplace suite in Portland.
Lawlor is correctly quoting a paid political operative, who is funded by international billionaires, and participating in the fiction that she is somehow a representative of all Maine modest firms.
Press Herald readers would have no way of being aware of, primarily based on the lack of disclosure, that Bulgar-Medina, the ballot query operatives, the Maine People’s Alliance activists (such as State Sen. Mike Tipping), are all functioning the identical group and are paid by the identical collection of dark dollars donors.
These donors involve billionaires like George Soros and S. Donald Sussman, former owner of the Press Herald, who give to Arabella Advisors, a left-wing pass by way of organization.
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Related Press reporting earlier this year revealed that Swiss billionaire Hansjörg Wyss is also amongst the left-wing donors whose dollars has located its way into Maine politics vis-a-vis Maine People’s Alliance and other groups.
To place this in terms even a Press Herald reporter could comprehend: this would be like Exxon Mobil forming the “Maine Environmentalist Coalition” and then lobbying for greater taxes on wind energy and solar energy.
If that sounds stupid, it is mainly because it is.
You’d have to be a true rube to purchase an clear political deception like that.