Political power couple has plenty of time to write checks & play politics,
but not to provide transparency
Washington D.C. – Reports from the Federal Election Commission show that Rep. Chellie Pingree and her husband, hedge fund manager Donald Sussman, made more than $1.5 million in political contributions to political action committees and Congressional candidates during the same time period that she failed to file mandatory financial disclosure forms with the Clerk of United States House of Representatives.
Rep. Pingree’s financial disclosure was initially due on May 15, 2015, but the Congresswoman from Maine’s First Congressional District requested a 90-day extension, through August 13, 2015.
During the time-period from when Rep. Pingree missed the initial May 15 deadline through August 13, the day of her extension, FEC reports show Mr. Sussman contributed more than $1.5 million to political action committees, hybrid political action committees, soft money accounts, as well as Congressional candidates and committees.
As of August 20, 2015, a full week after Pingree’s extended deadline, Roll Call reported that the Clerk of the U.S. House said Pingree still had not filed her financial disclosure.
“It is really time for this hypocrisy to end,” said Maine GOP Chairman Rick Bennett. “It is hard to fathom how Rep. Pingree and her husband can find the time to play politics and donate more than $1.5 million to candidates and political action committees, but won’t disclose their finances as required.”
“For all of Rep. Pingree and the Democratic Party’s rhetoric about big money in politics and transparency, it is hard to find a clearer portrait of hypocrisy than this,” said Mr. Bennett. ###
Roll Call on Pingree missing second deadline:
FEC Individual Contribution Search: http://www.fec.gov/finance/disclosure/advindsea.shtml
*Note, Sussman donations come from both Rye Brook, NY and North Haven, Maine. Screenshot below.