5/24/20 Newsletter

Friend --

Our referendum effort again made it onto News Center Maine's Political Brew, and John Richardson, a Democratic political analyst, hit the nail on the head when he broke down CMP's motive to file yet another lawsuit against our effort. He said, "I think they know if this goes to the polls, the're going to lose, so they're checking every legal challenge they can make."

 

And that's really what it boils down to. CMP has shown that their foreign stakeholders will spare no expense to silence Maine voters because they know that in the court of public opinion, they will lose every time. Their record-breaking ad buys haven't moved the dial because Mainers are sick of their power utility company walking all over them. They are tired of this monopoly not being unaccountable to the people of Maine, providing spotty service and bullying customers, and most importantly, they know that this corridor is a bad deal for Maine.

As Darryl and the bear said - "Stop trusting CMP, especially with a huge project that changes Maine forever."

So this week, I urge you all to keep up the pressure by drafting letters to your local papers highlighting the fact that your power utility company, in an effort to save their cash cow for-profit corridor project, has repeatedly sued the State of Maine to silence their customers.

And as always, remember to consider sending us a contribution each time you pay your power bill. 

In other news, Secretary of State Matt Dunlap released his proposed language for the ballot referendum. We are asking that submit a public comment to get the phrase "Central Maine Power" and also "Quebec to Massachusetts" inserted into the ballot referendum. The instructions to submit a comment are below as well as the proposed language edits.
Proposed, preferred language: "Do you want to adopt a Resolve directing the Maine Public Utilities Commission to reverse its approval of Central Maine Power’s proposed New England Clean Energy Connect power transmission line from Quebec to Massachusetts?"

Activist of the Week

This week, we would like to recognize Darryl Wood, a lead activist in the town of New Sharon and an organizer. He is also one of the top five signers of the referendum. Darryl is a Registered Maine Guide with a real passion for the outdoors who has worked to promote the campaign with positivity and honesty. During the signature gathering process, Darryl was instrumental to our success. Since the very beginning, Darryl has served as No CMP Corridor's treasurer. We are fortunate to have his leadership and enthusiasm on our team. 

Thank you all for your continued support!

Best,
Sandi Howard