Washington D.C. – A liberal billionaire who bankrolls Democrat campaigns across the nation and was served a subpoena in a federal grand jury investigation related to a political campaign in Florida just months ago is now attacking Senator Susan Collins and steering donors to Sara Gideon.
of the PAC, called Main Voters, claims it is “independent” and focuses on “public
service ahead of pandering.” The PAC recently leapt into action trying to drive
donors to Gideon’s U.S. Senate campaign.
But of the
$110,000 the PAC has reportedly raised so far in contributions according to the
FEC, $100,000 of that funding came from S. Donald Sussman, with the remaining
$10k coming from a PAC with ties to the cruise ship industry.
Sussman is the former husband of Rep. Chellie Pingree and a well-documented donor to hundreds of liberal candidates and causes, plowing tens of millions of dollars each election cycle from his corporate investment empire into the political world.
In 2019 alone, the FEC reports Sussman has made large contributions to Rep. Debbie Wasserman Shultz; Sen. Dick Durbin; Sen. Chris Coons; Rep. Zoe Lofgren and numerous others.
Sussman has also sent millions to Democrat Super PAC efforts associated with Nancy Pelosi and other Democrat leaders.
Another group that likely has ties to Sussman has also just launched to go after Senator Collins. The “16 Counties Coalition”, which according to the Portland Press Herald will be run by a former staffer to House Speaker Sara Gideon and Rep. Chellie Pingree’s former Spokesman Willy Ritch, who often spoke on behalf of Pingree and Sussman when the two were married.
Because the 16
Counties Coalition is founded as a 501(c)4 non-profit, commonly referred to by
the left as a “dark money” group, it will not be required to disclose if
Sussman is the organization’s only major donor.
donated about $30 million to Democrat candidates and causes that is subject to disclosure
to the Federal Elections since 2017. That amount is only a part of his donation
total, however, as many state level donations and many non-profit donations are
reported across various other reporting jurisdictions.
Cathay Capital Holdings, Sussman’s primary Chinese investment vehicle, has entered at least one Sino-foreign joint venture with the Yankuang Group, which was a large Chinese government-owned-enterprise mainly engaged in mining & sales, coal chemical industry, power generation & aluminum production and machinery manufacturing, according to the Yankuang Group’s website.
Gideon has launched
a series of online ads suggesting she will not accept “corporate PAC” money,
parroting a line used often by her Democratic primary opponent Betsy Sweet.
It is unclear how Gideon will explain her history of accepting corporate PAC money combined with this support from America’s top political mega-donor, whose multi-national corporate empire encircles the globe.