Angus King wants free legal help
I wonder why Angus King wants to receive pro-bono legal services from the Portland law firm of Pierce Atwood? It couldn’t be that the Senate candidate is out of money. After all, he pocketed eight million from the deal with Central Maine Power that made him a rich man. Plus, his pockets should be full with the cash Rob Gardiner just paid for Angus King’s 50 percent share of a $107 million wind farm in western Maine in a wily attempt to shield himself from the criticism of conflict of interest. Then add all the rest of the money Angus King gets from his service to the corporate boards, banks, investment firms and various other part-time jobs, plus more than $25,000 in an annual pension from the State of Maine for his two terms as guv. Appears the dude is pulling in some serious dough. More than enough to afford four homes and still go bowling once a week.
This sort of story in The Hill is probably only of interest to real political geeks, but here’s the full petition from the Angus King Senate campaign. Basically, they’re asking permission from the Federal Election Commission to accept in-kind donations from Pierce Atwood whenever his campaign needs legal services connected to federal election law and donor rules. Comes in handy that his former legal advisor, Elizabeth Butler, (who spent four years working as the governor’s top legal advisor) is a partner at the firm and appears to be shepherding the deal through the applicable channels.
Problem is, one of Pierce Atwood’s subsidiaries is a federal contractor, so the firm is barred by federal law from donating to political campaigns as an attempt to prevent any potential future hints of impropriety.
I just find it odd that one of King’s first actions as a Senate candidate is to seek an exception to the law. I mean, it would be nice if the fella would start explaining his views with details instead of hedging with sound bites on the issues of the day, including energy, banking, budgets, health care and war.
Instead, he’s looking for special treatment concerning arcane legal billing regulations.
Admittedly, this stuff is the sausage-making of political campaigns. But it’s also another example of Angus King seeking preferential treatment. There’s a pattern here, whether as industrial wind developer or political candidate or mergers and acquisitions specialist, Angus King doesn’t think the rules should apply to him. And that sort of attitude, no matter what kind of protestations of independency Angus King sings, is more proof that he’s a full-fledged lawyer-lobbyist-banker-subsidy-seeking plutocrat representing the one percent.
And we don’t need another one of those monsters in the Senate.