A few weeks ago it was reported that in addition to their record-smashing $11.3 million investment to defeat our last referendum effort, CMP also funneled an undisclosed amount of dark money into the campaign through the Maine State Chamber of Commerce. This means that the only group supporting this disastrous project, aside from the two companies who stand to make billions, is on CMP’s payroll!
As far as I’m concerned, if the project was even half as good as they promise, $11 million should have been far more than enough to convince Maine voters that this corridor is a good idea. But it wasn’t enough, and the fact they had to funnel additional dark money through the Maine State Chamber of Commerce highlights their desperation.
Clearly, they know that Maine voters see through their propaganda, so they’ve hired another mouthpiece to do their dirty work for them. In regard to this project, it seems that CMP has found ways to duck the rules every step of the way, which only adds to the widespread mistrust of Spanish-owned Central Maine Power.
Ironically, the same time this dark money report came out, CMP’s President David Flanagan took to the airwaves to tout the progress the company has made in the six months since his return to restore customer trust and satisfaction. It isn’t surprising that he failed to mention that CMP sued its own customers and was hit with a record fine during that same period. Considering that many of you reading this newsletter today went without power again this week simply because the wind blew, I doubt many will take Mr. Flanagan at his word that power reliability has improved under his watch.
This week, No CMP Corridor’s treasurer, Darryl Wood, published a letter to the editor outlining our latest referendum effort. In the letter, he also calls out CMP for their shady practices by stating, “CMP has shown a willingness to play dirty to get their way, spending record amounts on false propaganda, endless lawsuits and even a private eye to spy on grassroots opponents of this project.”
Thank you, Darryl, for submitting this informative letter.
We’re expecting petitions to be ready right around Halloween, so let’s get ready to Trick or Treat for signatures! The first 100 volunteers to sign up to collect signatures will receive a No CMP Corridor mask free of charge! Please sign up today, and start brainstorming on ways each of you can collect at least 25 signatures to help us qualify for the ballot.
Thank you to all of the candidates and elected officials who have responded to our survey for local support thus far. Now more than ever, it’s critical to elect lawmakers who will side with their constituents over foreign-owned corporations like CMP and Hydro-Quebec. To view the whole list of candidates who have endorsed our cause, click here.
Activist of the Week
This week, we’d like to recognize Wendy Huish of Farmington for her tireless work and advocacy to help stop CMP’s NECEC corridor. Whether it’s with a candy dish, fliers at the town office, or waving a sign in front of the Farmington Post Office, Wendy is always working to spread the word about this terrible project. During the last referendum effort, she was a dedicated signature collector who was always willing to help out at HQ. We’re so fortunate that she’s already signed up to help us once more.
Thanks to Wendy Huish, and to all of you, for standing with us over the last two years. It isn’t easy to stand up to multinational corporations, but our grassroots army is certainly a force to reckon with.