99% vs. 1% — on the left

By LANCE TAPLEY  |  March 7, 2012

Beliveau's lobbying clients have recently included the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) and the drug company Merck. On Preti's website Beliveau brags about shepherding the Plum Creek development through the Land Use Regulation Commission. Environmentalists see what Preti calls the "largest development plan in Maine history" as heavily contributing to the destruction of the north woods. In November Occupy Augusta demonstrated at his Hallowell mansion. (See "Occupy the Capitol!" by Lance Tapley, November 30, 2011.)

Pachios has lobbied for Brookfield Renewable Power, a global hydroelectric giant. (Brookfield's parent company owns Zuccotti Park, site of the original Occupy Wall Street encampment.) Mills said she doesn't lobby.

Robinson has lobbied for pharmaceutical companies, insurance companies, and many other corporate interests. She was cochair of Republican Governor Paul LePage's transition team, and LePage has appointed her to the Maine Public Broadcasting Network board. She didn't respond to Phoenix requests for comment. (Colin Woodard has written extensively in the Phoenix on her key role in forming LePage's pro-Big Business, anti-environmental legislative agenda. See "The LePage Files," July 20, 2011.)

The MoveOn.org protest set up a mock jail cell behind which stood a suited "banker" beneath a sign with the word "Accountability."

"You will be held accountable!" declared John Upham, of Litchfield, using a bullhorn, to the inmate. "You, the one percent people, the lobbyists, the rich people!"

The "banker," George Hunt, of Augusta, replied: "Harass me and you won't get any trickle down."

The noontime Occupy Augusta demonstration apparently disconcerted Preti enough that, by the 3 pm MoveOn.org action, a Publicover Security vehicle with flashing light was stationed in the building's parking lot. Its driver said he was there to call the Augusta police, if necessary. He was amused that the threat consisted of four older people standing on an island in the rotary.

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