This week, the No CMP Corridor PAC held a Zoom meeting to share with our grassroots activists some of the exciting updates happening in the battle to stop CMP’s destructive corridor project. Joining me were attorney Adam Cote, who discussed the draft ballot language and pending court cases, Krysta West, who shared a legislative update and Cara Sacks, our volunteer coordinator, who gave us an update on signs (insert link to sign up for signs) and tabling efforts (insert link to volunteer sign-up form).
If you were unable to attend the meeting, it’s available to watch here on Facebook.
Draft Ballot Language Update
As we discussed, we are incredibly pleased with the draft ballot language provided by Secretary of State Shenna Bellows. The wording makes it abundantly clear that a YES vote will BAN the CMP Corridor.
Please consider taking a moment to fill out this online form to thank Secretary Bellows for her effort to capture our complex question in a clear and concise way.
Activist of the Week
On Friday, April 16, the Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee overwhelmingly supported Senator Rick Bennett’s bill, LD 194, to close the foreign government interference loophole in Maine’s election law by a bipartisan vote of 11-2. But unfortunately, ahead of the vote, House Chair Christpher Caiazzo invited Hydro-Quebec’s lobbyist into the work session in a last-ditch effort to sway his colleagues against the measure. Hydro-Quebec’s lobbyist carried on, charading as an unbiased expert witness on constitutional matters, for nearly 10 minutes before Senator Craig Hickman called a point of order. It turns out that Representative Caiazzo, who previously served as a panelist alongside NECEC’s Thorn Dickinson to promote the project, invited this lobbyist to participate in the work session discussion without disclosing who he was, or that he was a registered lobbyist for Hydro-Quebec, a corporation owned solely by a foreign government.
This is exactly the sort of undue influence that should never be tolerated by our elected officials, which is why we are so grateful to Senator Hickman for defending the integrity of the process and for speaking up for the people of Maine. Once order was restored, Senator Hickman was instrumental in finding agreement among the Committee on an amendment to successfully move LD 194 forward to a successful committee vote.
This isn’t the first time Senator Hickman has been a leader on our cause in Augusta. Last session, as House Chair of the Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, he was instrumental in facilitating committee discussions about the illicit leases that the Bureau of Parks and Lands had issued to CMP for this project behind closed doors and without the constitutionally required legislative input.
So please, join us in thanking Senator Craig Hickman for serving as an unwavering voice of reason in Augusta.
Once the VLA Committee reviews the amendment language for LD 194, it will then go to the full Senate for consideration.
Please take a few minutes to write a handwritten note to your state senator today asking them to vote in support of LD 194, "An Act To Prohibit Contributions, Expenditures and Participation by Foreign Government-owned Entities To Influence Referenda." You can also contact your senator via email or phone if you would prefer. Our state senators need to hear from us TODAY!
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Just last week, it was revealed that CMP, and its parent company, have invested an astounding $22 million into their campaign to convince Maine voters that this a good deal, and necessary to fight climate change. This is in addition to the $10 million Hydro-Quebec, a company owned solely by a foreign government, has spent. Maine has never seen such heavy-handed spending in a referendum before, and obviously, we’re not going to be able to complete dollar-to-dollar with these foreign corporations. But we will, with the help of our incredible volunteers and partners, continue to fight the good fight until this project is stopped once and for all.
It can be intimidating at times, but I promise you, we can do this! We just have to work together until November to let everyone and anyone who will listen know how important it is to vote YES on Election Day.
SIGNS ARE HERE - If you make a donation of $5 we'll sign you up for a Vote YES to Reject the CMP Corridor" yard sign.
Donate by mail: Check made payable to No CMP Corridor sent to PO Box 471 Farmington, ME 04398
Secure online: Donate at www.NoCMPCorridor.com/donate
Again, thank you all for the unparalleled drive and dedication you’ve displayed over the last three YEARS. Grassroots, baby!