October 21, 2017
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Comments for: Ethics Commission staff: Nichi Farnham not at fault for illegal coordination with committee

AUGUSTA, Maine — A Republican senator from Bangor facing allegations that she improperly coordinated with a political action committee to funnel $73,000 into advertising targeting her opponent is not at fault, according to staff at the Maine Ethics Commission. However, the political action committee… Read More
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  • Anonymous

    And Romney hasn’t had any involvement with Bain….

    • Anonymous

      Yes well, a $250 fine will make it all right.

    • Anonymous

      And Obama never apologizes

      • Anonymous

        He does not know how.  Apologize is Not in his vocabulary.

        • Anonymous

          Unless he’s in a foreign country…

          • Anonymous

            Sorry, but Obama has never apologized for America’s values.

          • Anonymous

            Perhaps, but he certainly apologized for everthing else America has stood for the past 200 years. Ever read his transcripts about “disdain”?

            Oh, and remember, we’re not a “Christian Country” either. Too bad he couldn’t debate that issue with Presidents Washington and Kennedy, nor MLK for that matter.

          • Anonymous

            Every time a republican opens his/her mouth, nonsense spills out.  You’ve proved it again, wtsawyer.  Now if you could just find enough lazy, ill-informed people to buy it.

          • Anonymous

            “Nonsense Sensor Alarm”!

            “Nonsense Sensor Alarm!

            Nonsense Sensor Alarm”!

          • Anonymous

            Well, wtsawyer’s comments are directed at democrats.  Now, if working Republicans will share their wealth with those lazy ill-informed dems, the dems will buy it.

          • Anonymous

            You shouldn’t paint all dems with such a wide brush.

            There must be at least 3-4% of them that work hard, support themselves and believe in the American way………

          • Anonymous

             Obama knows nothing about American values.Foriegn values maybe.Pretty hard to have values when all he does is lie.

          • Anonymous

            Have you been in a cave?  Hello?   Barry sure did apologize about the US in the mid east soon after he took office.  even SNOPES can confirm that one.  Best to remove the blinders. Eh/

          • Anonymous

            Hahahaha-just have to love it when the teapartiers turn on one another.  And that’s what they call “unity.”  Carry on, boys.

          • Anonymous

            Are you just 17 years old, or perhaps the 17th person to acually dream up “mainegal”?

          • Anonymous

            who is a tea partier? not me.

          • Anonymous

            Try reading and learning a few things, dirigo.  Didn’t Rmoney not insult several heads of state on his European tour not long ago?  That’s what you want in the White House-someone w/no social skills and not even a faint idea on how to negotiate/compromise?

          • Anonymous

             Romney is Rich — he doesn’t have to apologize to anyone for anything, remember?  Rich little preppy snobs bought the right to look down on the “little people”. 

    • Anonymous

      wth.   how did Romney get into this discussion/  you surely have a crush on him.  and a fascination for wealth.

    • Anonymous

      LOL

    • Anonymous

      Look over there!  Something shiny! 

      No, no…it’s just a red herring…

    • Anonymous

      And Obama hasn’t had any involvment with Ayers, Bernadine Dorn, Acorn, marijuana, cocaine, Rev. Jerimiah Wright, Rezco………….

  • Anonymous

    So when do we get an apology from the Democrats for smearing her name through the mud?

    •  Never because they are never wrong, even when they are which is almost always.

    • Anonymous

      Great news for Sen. Farnham. She has been an outstanding leader in the State House. It is unfortunate that her opponents supporters couldn’t keep the campaign to the issues. It just shows how desperate they are. 

    • Anonymous

      I had a Gratwick grunt knock on my door yesterday. I think she must have been lost. Well I was already to be very kind and gentle until she started attacking Nichi as a person. She started to go on about how Nichi didn’t have any morals or abiity to her job. She touched on this subject and then I told her ( the gratwick grunt) to kindly walk back down the driveway and get off my property. She then tried to talk some more and I said Listen lady, you don’t seem to get it. Shoo, scram, get lost, beat it. She left. Congrats on your win Nichi. We don’t need to see the election results, we know.

    • Anonymous

      First, the Ethics Commission staff has recommended a decision.

      Second, the Democratic Party had every reason to suspect Farnham was breaking the law, as there is no denying that her name was on the paperwork.

      It’s up to the commission to investigate, not the complainant. In fact, all a complaint is, is a request for an investigation.

      • Anonymous

        I don’t think anybody had a problem with the Democrats asking for the investigation because both sides do it.  From talking to people, I found that most had a major problem with the ads run on tv talking about the allegation, the press conference that greatly exaggerated things, and the terrible statements from the head of the Democratic party.  The smear campaign is what they should be apologizing for.  

        • Anonymous

          You could say that B.P(Before Palin), but not anymore. 

    • Tyke

      A violation did occur. They couldn’t prove it was her doing (and they didn’t prove she wasn’t responsible , either) so she skates on a technicality.
      .
      As a declared officer of the PAC she had as much responsibility as anyone to file the required papers but the official ruling is that the PAC as an entity is responsible, not any named individual.

      • Great job splitting hairs Tyke.  But the decision said she was not at fault so now, you will have to find something else.  A discussion of the issues would be a great place to start.

        • Good luck with that suggestion. Tyke’s history says it’s “unlikely.”

      • That’s right… she was cleared on a legality. What she was knowingly involved in was certainly  not ethical.   For her to claim ignorance at the very least demonstrates her incompetence. Facts are facts… she just got caught this time.

        •  Really? Funny — that’s not what the Ethics Commission determined in their ruling.

          • Anonymous

            The Ethics Commission hasn’t ruled on it yet.

      • Anonymous

        Yes, you’re right, they found that Mr. Gratwick violated election law.  It’s right there in the story.  Thanks for reminding us that the Democrats lied about Farnham, but Gratwick is the one we should all be talking about in regards to unethical behavior.

      • Anonymous

        And are you always so……ungenerous…..in your assessment of Democrats accused of things, too??
        Hmmm……me thinks not.

    • Anonymous

      You have to apologize if you question something?  I haven’t heard any apology’s coming from Republicans for anything.

      • Anonymous

        Smear campaign 101

        • Anonymous

          What are you talking about?

  • Anonymous

    Let me guess– all you Republican haters will want to launch an inquiry into the Ethics Commission.  She is clean, was clean, and will win.  Period.  

    • Anonymous

      And you repugnant republicans haven’t given anyone a reason to distrust you, eh?  Try the old, “How do you know when a teapartier is lying?”  The lips are moving.

      • Anonymous

         Aaawe.  Is the pow owd Democwat intolewance and hate making pow widdle mainegaw gwumpy?  Aaaawe.

        I’m amazed some people bother to get out of bed in the morning they hate so much.  I love you mainegal17.  I hope you get all the blessings in life that you need, and some that you want.  I hope you get all you want for Christmas or whatever you believe in, or nothing if you don’t believe in anything.  I pray for your family and friends that they are kept safe and sound and you always have a warm safe home.  I hope that you find happiness at the end of each day with your choices and who you are.  Choice is after all what makes us human, and if our choices make us miserable, well then that’s not a good existence.

        Nichi is a tremendous representative for Maine people and a phenomenal individual.

        • Anonymous

          I know Nichi personally. She is a person to hold in high esteem and serves her constituents well. This whole issue was a non problem that Gratwick fueled. Remember, never trust a guy that wears a bow tie to work. And yes, some liberal heads are going to explode Nov.7th in the morning when they read the election results. Can’t wait.

  • Anonymous

    She should return the clean elections funds on principle. Oh and they neglected to say who makes up the ethics commission.

    • Anonymous

      Nit Pickin and the Left are hand in hand.  Seems all that the Right represent is always wrong in the liberal left tunnel vision.

      • Anonymous

        Nit Pickin?

        • Anonymous

          Honkytonk should know what Nit Pickin is. 

          • Anonymous

            ??

          • Anonymous

            Scrutinizing  every little thing. 

    • Anonymous

      Walter F. McKee, Chair – Democrat – Hallowell
      Jane A. Amero – Republican – South Portland
      André G. Duchette – Democrat – Brunswick
      Michael T. Healy – Republican – Freeport
      Margaret E. Matheson – Independent – Augusta

      • Anonymous

        Thank you.

        • Anonymous

          I think the commenter was actually seeking the names and party affiliations of the Ethics Commission staffers. It is the staff that has recommended dismissal of the complaint. The Ethics Commission has NOT even met yet.

          • Anonymous

            Thanks for pointing that out. I’m wondering why the Commission would need staffers to make a recommendation prior to the meeting. I don’t think the Human Rights Commission works that way.

          • Anonymous

            Tells you up front which body allows independant and professional staff to do their job before the political hacks start mucking the entire thing up doesn’t it?

            The Ethics Commission staff, over the past decade or so, has dramatically improved the Professionalism of their jobs and diminished the Partisanship historicaly present.

    • Anonymous

      Got access to a computer I see… Try looking it up for yourself.

      • Anonymous

        There is no need to be rude. I did look it up. It doesn’t say anything about staffers. Back to the Google for you.

  • Yes and lets not allow her to vote either.  Can you say “bigot”?

    • Anonymous

      Seeing how she wanted to stop many working class Mainers from voting, yes, we shouldn’t allow her to vote. You know, what’s good for the goose is good for the Farnham.

      • Anonymous

        Think you got your facts from the comic section.  You are very much incorrect in your statement about her.  Shame on you.

      • Anonymous

        Wow, you’re part of the Dems war on women, I can see.

  • Anonymous

    Been eating your pablum again and drinking the koolaid.  Hurray for Nichi Farnham and how sad for you that you cannot accept the truth as fact.  Maybe rehab for you asap.

  • Anonymous

    Exonerated, but media attention has caused much distress to a fine lady who would not do anything unethical or illegal–
    On the other hand, the D’s have waged a mock phone call misrepresenting Nichi as the one for whom they were calling–made it sound as though her campaign was in disarray.

    • Anonymous

      Blind faith in anyone or anything is for fools.

  • East of Chamberlain Lake in th

    One thing is factually clear–the Democrats spend a lot of time and money portraying opposing candidates as something they aren’t, losing all credibility when their allegations and assertions have no basis in fact.

    We saw this in the extended and expensive campaign last summer by President Obama to portray Romney as something other than he is, only to be pleasantly surprised when the real Romney showed up at the first debate and promptly and politely kicked the President’s kiester.  

    Now we’ve sat through expensive and factually inaccurate ads by a Democratic PAC masquerading as the “middle class”, only to see the assertions and allegations proved unfounded yet again.

    Are these the same Democrats you want to see continuing to govern or attaining office in the State and in the Presidency?   I think not.  Campaigns built on expensive lies is a poor excuse for a political philosophy and a patronizing one at that. 

    Consign these type of Democrats to the dust bin off history.  Better yet, don’t let them get near a public office to begin with.

  • Anonymous

    wow……thats a lot of words for not guilty

  • Anonymous

    Have the bunch of broken down old hippies who held last week’s presser at the BPL scheduled another to apologize yet?  

    • Tyke

       Apologize for pointing out a now confirmed ethics violation?

      • Anonymous

        Except that Farnham was found “innocent” of the charges…

        Sorry for that.

        • Tyke

          Not being found 100% responsible does not = innocent.

          • Anonymous

            Perhaps in your Totalitarian World of Mind Think.

            Let us see how you respond with the tide changes to some Progressive, which it will most certainly do over time.

            However, over here in America, that’s the way it works.

            It might surprise you that in Maritime Law, parties are assigned a % of “guilt” as the jury finds. Would you like to ascribe 10% “guilt” by Farnham and 90% with the PAC?

            Last time I looked, Maritime Law did not apply to this situation…

      • Read the article Tyke, there was no ethics violation.  Find something else to discredit her with.  The only way Gratwick can win is to discredit Farnham – he has nothing to run on, like all democrats.

        • Tyke

          Read it yourself. The ethics violation was confirmed and a fine recommended. They just said it is the responsibility of the PAC not of the individuals who run it. DUH

      • Anonymous

        What is like  over in that alternate universe??  Is it like here?

    • Anonymous

      Weren’t they the same Occupy zealots stopping by the Library for a repeat tour?

  • Anonymous

    Another dirty trick initiative from the left is foiled. Here is an idea– win a campaign on your candidate’s merits.

  • Anonymous

    Cool reply. Intelligence established.

  • Anonymous

    Ever hear of Women’s Liberation ??  Farnham is the honest woman who has great intelligence and can bake cookies while writing political comments, paying her bills ,  and many other things.
    Male chauvenism is history fyi.

    • Anonymous

       Hah!  Tell that to Paul Ryan, Mourdock, Akin and the others that Romney supports as they parse “Rape” into what is god-ordained and what is not … really?  Seriously??

  • Anonymous

    Let’s hope they can afford it!
     

  • Anonymous

    She may have been exonerated but the PAC sure is guilty.  Follow the money, that’s what the Rs always say.  $250?  Laughable (except it isn’t funny).

    • Anonymous

      um…laughable (except it isnt funny) is the Democratic party trying to smear a great person for Bangor and Hermon…..November (non) surprise…”Senator Farnham voted to return for another term”…

    •  You need to ask Eliot Cutler and “Americans Elect” why they’re still listing him as a board member.

  • Anonymous

    Haha, Dems……in your face.  When even the lefties at the Ethics Commission won’t join you, then you’ve just been slammed bigtime!

  • Maine’s Democratic Party owes Sen. Farnham a very large apology.

    Next up, the super PAC being funded by Bloomberg and Wall St. billionaires – the one with Eliot Cutler on the board, running ads in Maine for King.

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/10/17/Three-Wall-Street-Billionaires-Fund-Uncoordinated-Super-PAC-That-Spends-Exclusively-on-Angus-King

    http://audio.wrko.com/a/64969640/maine-candidate-charlie-summers-and-breitbart-s-mike-leahy-on-campaign-finance-shenanigans.htm

    They haven’t registered with the Feds as a PAC.

  • Anonymous

    Wasn’t the original story accusing Farnham on the front page of the BDN?  Why wouldn’t the article refuting this accusation get the same treatment?

    • Anonymous

      BDN Ethos as stated at the top: “Comfort the Afflicted and Afflict the Comfortable”.

      Enough said?

    •  For the same reason this story isn’t featured ANYWHERE at the PPH. “Political convenience.”

  • Anonymous

     Long, rambling posts do nothing to make your point any more right.

    • Anonymous

       I really like the capital letters.

  • R. Kenneth Lindell

    Take that you slimeballs from the Maine Democratic Party! #mepolitics

  • Anonymous

    let the voters decide that.The “concerned citizen press conference” a week or so ago was a pathetic attempt to smear sen. Farnham and it didn’t work.30 years of democrat control in Augusta gave us the mess we are in,your name calling makes you look  petty.

  • Anonymous

    Spoken like a true liberal,a strong woman who is on the opposite side of the political spectrum is told to get back in the kitchen.Typical.

  • Anonymous

    Whew!  I was didn’t see “marching in lockstep with ____” but it’s there.

  • Anonymous

    She is just following Mitt’s lead. He resigned retroactively from Bain when certain improprieties were uncovered. She  retired retroactively from the super PAC’s board when she was accused of improprieties. As a politician, she should be savvy enough to avoid even the appearance of impropriety.

  • Anonymous

    Hmmm. Ever wonder the % voting agreement between King John Martin and Prince John Baldacci during the day?

    The two “John’s” were in 100% lockstep the entire time they sold Maine down the tubes!

    Better yet, look up Joe Perry’s voting record with Baldi during his terms in that same seat.

    An 8% voting disagreement with any sitting Governor of the same party actually shows a measured amount of Independance… if you’d time the time to place your mealy-mouthed statements into some perspective.

  • Anonymous

    “The ethics commission staff recommended that commission members find Gratwick in violation of election law because of that, but that the candidate not be fined.”

    Oh.

    The only surprise here is that this info wasn’t printed in a disappearingly tiny font.

  • Anonymous

    80% of Maine citizens related more with Senator Farnhams ideas than for any democrat in 2010…she IS in lockstep with the majority of her district….Thats why she will win….its all coming together for you now, right?….

  • Anonymous

    Yet another example of why we need a massive overhaul of campaign finance laws.  

    For starters, PACs should be held to the same standards — contribution limits and disclosure requirements —  as candidates. Corporate money should be excluded altogether.  I’d also like to see limits on donations so that contributions can only come from people who are eligible to vote in a specific race.  That way, the people have a prayer of choosing somebody who represents local interests, rather than having candidates selected and financed by national political party power brokers.  The likes of Karl Rove, Grover Norquist, and other people whose names we’ll never know have WAY too much power without ever being elected to anything.The first amendment guarantees our right to free speech, but it doesn’t state or imply that public speech can be anonymous. On the other hand, the sixth amendment guarantees right of the accused to face his accuser. Elections are part of the legal process, so that should count here, too.

  • Anonymous

    I think it’s unethical for an elected official to be an officer of a PAC in the first place.

  • Anonymous

    Another reason to vote out  the rest of the dem lynch mob in Augusta.

  • Guest

    Guilty by association. Most regular folks would be if they find themselves in that predicament………..

  • Anonymous

    Obviously, the last thing the largely Male run Democrats want are more independent Republican woman to win elected office…..so they pull a Palin and make accusations, grab headlines, and fade out when the legal authority dismisses their charges. Damage done. 

    • They might hope so, but all their failed charges did was boost her name recognition, and encourage support from those who already know her excellent record. Thanks, Dems!
      :)

  • JohnR

    ” the committee could be subject to a $250 penalty as a result”
    IOW IOKIYAR……

  • Anonymous

    Farnham is just another tea party Republican.  We don’t need more of them in Augusta.  I think you will be surprised on November 6th when the votes come in….. Tea Party Out!!!

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