May 24, 2018
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Koch brothers spread influence in Maine via Tea-party blueberry farmer

Bloomberg News reports on the financial activities in Maine and elsewhere of the wealthy, politically influential and ultra-conservative Koch brothers. The story features Maine blueberry farmer Gordon Colby as well as Democratic leader Rep. Emily Cain of Orono and former state Sen. Carol Weston of Montville.

“In Augusta, Maine’s capital, Americans for Prosperity is trying to benefit from the election last year of Republican Governor Paul LePage and Republican majorities in both chambers for the first since the 1973-1974 session.

In the legislative period that ended on June 29, the group lobbied successfully to have the estate tax exemption doubled to $2 million from $1 million, though it fell short in efforts to eliminate the tax completely. The organization also helped win changes to health care that will let Maine businesses buy insurance from companies outside the state, over Democratic objections that the law will make coverage unaffordable for rural and middle-aged residents.”

Read the full story here.

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