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ME - Maine Heritage Policy Center

ME - Maine Heritage Policy Center

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How national conservative groups infiltratedMaine politics by founding and funding theMAINE HERITAGE P!I"# "ENTER
A report by Maine's Majority Education Fund and the Center for Media and DemocracyNovember 201
Table of Contents
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For decades8 conservative specia interests have invested heaviy in a nationa net&or9 of thin9 tan9s8 media outets8 and obbyin* *roups aimed at shapin* pubic opinion and advancin* e*isation favorabe to bi* business" )hese entities have achieved tremendous success in o&erin* ta5es on the rich8 beatin* bac9 attempts to e5pand heath care covera*e8 roin* bac9 environmenta and heath and safety re*uations8 and advancin* other 9ey components of the conservative a*enda")he infuence of such or*ani:ations as the American e*isative E5chan*e Counci8 %erita*e Foundation8 #"!" Chamber of Commerce8 Cato nstitute8 and American Enterprise nstitute is &e documented" ess understood8 ho&ever8 is ho& these nationa *roups have buit oca apparatus to e5ertcontro over pubic poicy at the state and oca eves8 in particuar states such as Maine"7e*innin* in the 14;0s and 1440s8 oca franchises of nationa thin9 tan9s be*an sprin*in* up across the country to author poicy &hite papers8 provide e5pert testimony8 and inject s9e&ed data into state pubic poicy discussions" !tate-based conservative <ne&s= services have aso emer*ed8 mas>ueradin* as reputabe press8 in some cases distributin* content throu*h unsuspectin* mainstream media" And &ith nationa support8 oca conservative interests advanced bi*-business friendy e*isation and activey supported its passa*e8 often permanenty aterin* pubic poicy in affected states"Maine8 on* 9no&n for its poitica civiity and moderation8 has in the past decade emer*ed as a mode for conservative infitration of state poitics" 7e*innin* &ith the arriva of the Maine %erita*e +oicy Center in 20028 Maine's poitica cimate has under*one a radica transformation8 &hich cuminated in 20108 &hen )ea +arty candidate +au e+a*e &as eected *overnor")his report8 the atest in a series on the infuence of bi* money and outside interests in Maine poitics8 chronices the foundin* and activity of the Maine %erita*e +oicy Center8 and oo9s at ho& this oca franchise of the nationa conservative poitica machine buit a &eb of infuence to fundamentay ater the ma9eup of Maine poitics"ur report endeavors to te the story of ho& out-of-state bi*-monied interests ? in particuar8 the conservative !tate +oicy Net&or9 ? franchised and incubated the M%+C" t aso sho&s ho& the or*ani:ation utimatey *re& beyond its o&n &as by estabishin* a net&or9 of ties to e*isative ,epubicans and the Maine ,epubican +arty8 usin* this capacity to systematicay advance conservative poicy priorities and create a favorabe cimate for conservative poitica candidates"

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