The Ati-thesis , Marxism

"By that definition, a state capitalist country is one where the government controls the economy and essentially acts like a single huge corporation, extracting the surplus value from the workforce in order to invest it in further production.[3] Friedrich Engels, in Socialism: Utopian and Scientific, argues that state capitalism would be the final stage of capitalism consisting of ownership and management of large-scale production and communication by the bourgeois state.[4]"

Quoted from Wikepedia

Monday, April 14, 2014

FaceBook Blocking- in-Q-Tel and the Private Hegemony Of Power

Recently a message appeared  on my screen , being identified as from Facebook. It brought up the Facebook login screen and warned against sending friend requests to people that one does not know in one's circle of friends , family, work, and classmates

I first received the message several months ago. The first message included a list of twenty names of people who did not respond to my friend request over all the years that I have been on Facebook. It asked that I delete all the requests and suggested that I stop sending friend requests for a week.

The next was a list of 7 names - some of them very recent requests, which I did not think were given adequate response time.

The third message to appear  told  that I am blocked for a week from adding friends and displayed a list of five names- all very recent requests- all in response to those with whom I interacted on Facebook- and one within the last hour of receiving the message

This is the message I sent to Facebook:

I do not respond to Facebook friend requests ( I meant facebook invitations to add a Friend)  as I only send requests to those who have responded favorably to something that I posted. If one could only be friends with people one knows in the real world Facebook would be a tiny fraction of what it is and also would have no purpose as I cannot discuss many interests that I have with people that I know in the real world.

After sending me invitation after invitation to befriend people that I know nothing about- You are now blocking me for sending requests to people that I do know- in cyberspace. There are about five people very recently sent requests- one of them sent within the hour and for this you are blocking me for a week-

What you are telling me just does not add up/ makes no sense - and one has to wonder what is motivating Facebook.

HOWEVER  After looking at the Facebook Rules And Responsibilities Page- which was updated at the end of 2013- and finding no mention of the specifically stipulated rules that I am being told that I violated, I am weighing in with the speculation that this message is not from FaceBook but is generated by some other source that has figured out how to gain access to some of my online activities. For the last several months, my computer has been plagued by an inexplicable data processing sound going on in the background and unrelated to any activity that I am doing. I found that I can temporarily stop that sound by switching out browsers but recently I allowed it to go on longer than usual. Co-incidentally, I thereafter received the alleged FaceBook message.

The message specifically states that Facebook is meant only for connecting with people that one already knows -specifying friends, family, work, and classmates and claims that sending a singular friend request to someone whom one does not know through such circles can be considered to be "harassment" . The recent message then told me that I was blocked from sending friend requests for a week.

I googled this message and found reports of others receiving the same message and a conversation about these rules on what appears to be a Facebook message board, However there is no official correlating rule posted on FaceBook .

It is well publicized that the CIA has a venture capitalist fund called In-Q-Tel which invests in high-tech companies for the sole purpose of keeping  intelligence agencies equipped with the latest information technology (spying tech) . This means that the same technology that is available to the CIA is available to other private sources. I don't think the CIA is bugging my computer and to Facebook I am just a grain of sand on a huge beach, but to the power hegemony in Maine I am a spanner in the works and a loose canon voice and here we are entering another election season. The power hegemony loves the word "world class" and it is heavily invested in the 21st century gold rush to make the next billions or trillions in the next high tech revolution and/or to become the controlling hand in the next technological power house and so it is likely that the tzars of the hegemony  have access to the latest spying technology, the development of which is being capitalized by the In-Q-Tel. and their own access to those functions being capitalized by taxpayers every where.

And so- it is reasonable to speculate that spying technology is out there which is accessible not only to the CIA but to the hegemony of power, who may also have an interest in retaining such technology in their own hands- unavailable to others who could then use it against them- and the hegemony does not like to have their own activities to be transparent to the general public.

( Unfortunately as I am typing- the date processing sound has now found my way back into my system after switching to a way off the known grid browser- if you have ever used Quickbooks and pressed "enter" - this is what it sounds like)

I just can't see the very restrictive rules as being generated by FaceBook- which would never have become the most used social networking in the world if  FaceBook were dictating the use of its network in such a limiting way. However the very idea of such rules being implemented- especially being implemented on targeted individuals and organizations- extrapolates on how FaceBook could be manipulated if ICCAN is taken out of United States governance and handed over to the"world community" as President Obama plans to do in 2015. If you think the recent activities of the IRS are a threat to free speech, wait until you see what happens when the hypothetical "global community" is controlling ICCAN ! Enjoy what is left of free speech while you can!

Maine passes Government Transparency Bill After Receiving Low National Grade For Corruption Risk

While I was researching the University of M, I came across a thesis written by Shelby K Lane:

State-Level Government: An Evaluation of Maine's Conflict of Interest Laws and Amendments to Improve Transparency Through Financial Disclosure

The paper is dated 5/1/2013. It became the basis for a bill passed by the legislature and signed into law by Governor Lepage on 7/3/3013

Co-incidentally during 7/2013  I was researching the statute for the Department of Economic and Community Development ., which led to further questions about the Maine Technology Institute. During the process, I contacted the State Ombudsman, Brenda Kielty, at the Attorney General's Office where there is a published  introduction promoting government transparency. I suggested that if the government really wants to be transparent and keep things honest they should have the data base online and allow the public to search the data base themselves and create their own reports. The information that I wanted could be readily available by applying search terms to a data base. Since MTI is all about new tech it is inconceivable that they do not have state of the art data base functions available to them.- not to mention that it would save the bureaucracy time and the taxpayer money. This is the response received to that suggestion, just a little more than two weeks after the Governor signed the Transparency Act.


1.Information made available on an agency website but not in a searchable database format may not provide the research and investigative tool needed by the public. The Freedom of Access Act does not require that public information be posted online in any particular format, just that public records be made available. While there is a strong argument for increasing the accessibility and usefulness of information, there is no current requirement that the technology in place achieve that objective.

2.The collection of data and reports generated from that data may be public records but the agency is not required under the law to create a new record or report in response to a FOAA request. If the dataset you request does not exist, the agency may choose to produce it for any number of reasons but not because they are legally required to take such an action. I appreciate your comments on this topic and I will continue to bring attention to the need for accessible, useful public data.
Brenda Kielty
I had not made any reference in my correspondence to legal requirements but that was the way Ms Keitly chose to respond, clearly sending the message that the government is not going to be transparent with the public unless they are required to do so by statute.

Shelby K Lane introduces the subject of his thesis with this statement:

In March of 2012, the State Integrity Investigation published a Corruption Risk Report Card for each state, giving them a grade on 14 different areas relating to government transparency. Based on those grades, the states were then ranked 1-50, with 50 being the worst in government transparency; Maine ranked 46th.
And later says:
The bill topic stemmed from a Corruption Risk Report Card and the work of the State Integrity Investigation. The State Integrity Investigation is a project pointed at “keeping government honest.” 
The major players who facilitated this project were The Center for PublicIntegrity, Global Integrity, and Public Radio International.

One of the considerations on which states are rated is the following
The access that citizens have to those mechanisms, such as access to public records at reasonable cost and within a reasonable time

However the latter consideration is not included in the bill passed by the legislature which focuses only on conflicts of interests of the legislative body- and not on public transparency regarding the activities of our government"- giving the apearance of a minimum effort made motivated by improving the states low grade in a national report- as opposed to a sincere willingness for the activities of the state to be transparent to the public
Bill Summary:
This bill amends financial disclosure laws applicable to Legislators and certain executive branch employees. Annual income received of $2,000 or more must include a description as to the nature of the income. Ownership interests of 5% or more in business entities must be reported. Involvement as a responsible officer of a political party or political committee by the Legislator or executive employee, or by a member of that person's immediate family, must be reported. The Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices is directed to adopt rules that require reporting of in come of $2,000 or more in ranges. Finally, Legislators and executive employees are required to file their disclosure statements electronically and those statements must be on a publicly accessible website
 "Certain executive branch employees" are members of the legislature and their families. 

Shelby K Lane writes that "
Maine prides itself on “the state’s citizen legislature composed mostly of amateur legislators” who perform their civic legislative
duties on only a part-time basis.   
This echoes a similar line used by Steve Mistier used in a Portland Press Herald article that touched on conflicts of interest:
The Maine Legislature is a part-time, citizen legislature. Many of its members have jobs or interests that intersect with public policy that they, as lawmakers, are either voting on or proposing.
As of this writing, I have not been able to find the publicly accessible website but it is fair to say that most of the Maine legislature are in business and that people in business know about the state's economic development polices which redistribute public wealth to private corporations and capitalists. These policies have been in existence and expanding since at least the late seventies. Anyone in business knows that if they are in the legislature,  they can have a hand in centrally managing the state economy and in constructing the terms by which the public's wealth is re-distributed to the "targeted sector"- such as The Expanded and Improved Seed Capital Tax Credit  that was passed with a unanimous vote in 2013. That means that the legislature can write laws to benefit any special interest and to even benefit themselves once they leave office. There is no way of knowing what private deals might be taking place behind the scenes even if there is no direct and transparent conflict of interest readily identifiable. Corruptibility is in the very nature of targeted sector economics . The bill passed is restricted to the legislature and members of the legislature's family and does not apply to the unelected tzars and boards that have the authoritative positions in the wealth redistribution process- nor does it apply to any other member of government.

Another statement by Mr lane is this:

It appears obvious that at least some people do think changes need to be made; the opposition is either avoiding the challenge of creating such change or believes that because Maine has not yet had any major corruption that we will never have any in the future
I beg to differ with that analysis. All of the economic development programs are a corruption of our state constitution, which I have written about repeatedly in this blog. The legislature is not an uneducated lot. They have legal advisers. They take an oath to uphold the Maine Constitution and the United States Constitution, They cannot claim ignorance of the law-and  the ultimate foundation of the law- the constitution -  and it is inconceivable that those involved in politics are ignorant of basic political philosophy including that which distinguishes the Maine and United States political philosophy from the philosophy of Marxism.

It is the culture of Augusta to ignore the Maine State Constitution. Mr Lane pays reverence to the culture of Augusta when he provides this definition

Political Culture
-the system of empirical beliefs, expressive symbols, and values
which defines the situation in which political action takes place; grounded in the states historical experience and dominant traditions about what constitutes proper government faction
.The state constitution is more than  a tradition or an historical experience - it is the consent of the governed- but over and over again we see that those doing the governing in Maine rarely mention the word "constitution" ( with an exception for when they are campaigning for office) as if the word has been vanquished from their vocabulary and thus vanquishing the constitution its self!

I decided to search the Shelby K Lane's thesis for the word "constitution" (since I don't have time to read the whole length.) There is found some discussion of  Jame's Madison, and constitutional conventions and even a mention of the Maine constitution:
Maine operates under its original 1819 constitution, which has been categorized by Daniel Elazar, an expert on state politics, as a“commonwealth constitution.” He notes that this type of constitution “is usually brief and concerned mostly with setting forth the essentials of government.”
I researched this description  and came upon the same words in an excerpt from Maine Politics and Government by Kenneth T Palmer. Reading a little bit further down the Kenneth T Palmer book extract,I found this paragraph:

Among the amendments particularly restrictive to the legislature are the sixth ...and the fourteenth (1876) which promises that acts of incorporation will be established under general laws and not not under special legislation.
Mr Lane's paper discusses the influence of scholars and academics on the legislative process. Mr Palmer is clearly an established scholar in Maine Politics. Any scholar of Maine  politics should first of all read the Maine Constitution themselves and also read scholars such as Mr Palmer. Considering all the scholarly and legal advisers to the legislature- such as Professor Powell who will be conducting a new minor in leadership at the University of M and whose credentials include grooming the youth for legislative positions - so how then, can the hegemony of power in the state of Maine not be cognizant that the legislature is in violation of the Maine State Constitution in chartering corporations to serve as "instrumentalist of the state' ? And how can they not understand that a corporate state is part and parcel to Marxist political philosophy ?

An amendment must be proposed by two thirds vote of each House. It was the 1876 legislature which imposed the restriction against chartering corporations by special acts of legislation on its own body. 1876 was a little more than a quarter of a century since Marx and Engels issued the Communist Manifesto in 1848 , prior to which the American Constitution was the most revolutionary political doctrine of the western world. If the 14th Amendment of the Maine State Constitution were honored, it would be very difficult for centralized management of the economy - in other words-  the government controlling the means of production (capital) -in other words Marxism - to become entrenched in Maine as it is today. I submit that as a purposeful intention of Article IV part Third Section 14 of the  Maine State Constitution is to protect Maine from encroachment by Marxist philosophy:

Section 14.  Corporations, formed under general laws.  Corporations shall be formed under general laws, and shall not be created by special Acts of the Legislature, except for municipal purposes, and in cases where the objects of the corporation cannot otherwise be attained; and, however formed, they shall forever be subject to the general laws of the State.
The hegemony of power in Maine knows that it is operating outside of the Maine State Constitution. To say this does not qualify as corruption is to occlude honoring an oath to uphold Maine State Constitution from the measure of corruption.

Once again I submit that there is need for  a constitutional  requirement that members of the legislature takes yearly classes in Maine and United States Constitutional law and the Federalist Papers.


Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Update Letter To Maine Government Oversight Committee

Update on letter to Government Oversight Committee:

To date none will address the issues I raised -  not even from my own Senator Chris Johnson. This does not surprise me when our state is run by a hegemony of power. Its been ions since the Maine state legislature granted onto themselves the authority to centrally manage the economy and have been decreeing for years that the transference of taxpayer money to private interests is for the public good. How could anyone think otherwise? The legislature is incapable of dealing with views outside of their own hegemony and they have stopped governing by the consent of the governed decades ago. I know there are many among the governed who do not agree that the redistribution of wealth currently implemented by our legislature serves the "public benefit"- but we are not among the "targeted sector" served by our legislature. I know there are many that do not like the direction that the University of Maine is going and the way that institution is being used as a tool of the state's central management of the economy, which is trending increasingly toward global capitalism- in other words transferring the public resources of the people of Maine to the new owners of global production. The University of Maine is another tool being used toward that end- and a powerful tool it is- that of indoctrination.

Amid all this news about cut backs - there is an announcement of a new "leadership minor" at the University of Maine

About Professor Powell it says "Powell, who also serves as advisor for UMaine’s Legal Studies minor, director of the Institute for Leadership and Democracy, director of the Peter Madigan ’81 Congressional Internship Program and Kenneth Palmar Maine State Legislative Internship Program, said inspiration for the Leadership Studies minor came from the Maine’s distinguished history of leaders.
 “This wonderful list of people who’ve been very influential also tended to exercise a kind of leadership that’s different from what you find elsewhere,” Powell said. “They’re civil, thoughtful and respectful of others and are willing to sit down and talk to people that differ from them and work out agreements and compromises.
Since my letter was not deemed worthy of a response by the Government Oversight Committee, I also sent it to the two professors who will be conducting the new minor in leadership at the University of Maine. I do not anticipate that the new leadership who is "willing to sit down and talk to those who differ with them" will extend that sentiment so far as to a member of the general public which is assigned the role of being the beast of burden and no more.

How is it that there is a new minor being added at a time of cut backs? One can't help but notice that Richard Powell has this in his resume:
In 2010 he was a Fulbright Lecturer at Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, China (one of the top five universities in China), where he taught graduate-level courses on American elections and political institutions. He has also lectured at some of China’s top universities including Tsinghua University (Beijing), Fudan University (Shanghai), Sichuan University (Chengdu), Northwest University (Xi’an), and Xi’an International Studies University (Xi’an)
As with the states economic development policies- each part is presented separably to the public but all the parts work together as a single system. Professor Powell's background will make a smooth fit with the Confucius Institute- recently installed by the Chinese government at USM and said to be the first at the University of Maine. Out with the old- In with the new! What's a budget got to do with it?


This is the message added to the most recent request to the Maine House of Lords, Government Oversight Committee :

Amid all the controversy of cutbacks- how is it that there is a new leadership minor at the University of M?

Could Professor Powell’s close relationship to the Maine state legislature and China have anything to do with it? 

Why was my letter to the Maine Government Oversight Committee deleted from the student newspaper and why did Face book classify the announcement of the new leadership course a “product review” and then say my letter was not relevant to that product review- in which Professor Powell praises past leaders of Maine as “willing to sit down and talk to people that differ from them and work out agreements and compromises.” -implying that these are traits that his leadership minor will develop?

Why then was my letter which addresses Professor Powell's area of influence – specifically grooming the youth for the Maine State legislature and the United States Congress- and advising the political science department at the University of M- deleted?

Actions speak louder than rhetoric! 

Is the University of M merely an institution of indoctrination ? I would like a response to my letter which includes any courses currently offered at the University of M that covers the Federalist Papers, The Maine State Constitution, and the United States Constitution- you can get that information from Professor Powell !

Update on KickStarter project:

I cancelled the Kickstarter project on the second day but all was not lost. During the short period of time that I ran it , I received tweets about resources not yet launched which could make a difference and I am continuing to work on developing a stream of income from this blog to which I devote far too much time for an unpaid avocation - It all takes a lot of time and research.

Update on Website

 I don't have a lot of time to work on website. It is plagued by phoney registrations. I installed a google capcha program but It hasn't stopped the phoney registrations yet and so  I'll have to keep on working on that.

I am beginning to understand the website's value- one being that I have started a discussion on the Federalist Papers - an education that is vanishing from our educational institutions. I do hope that the website catches on but for the moment it is just a structure and a vision.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

A Letter to the Maine Government Oversight Committee Concerning The University Of Maine

Today I learned  that there is a limited OPEGA report in the works, focusing on economic development funds going to the University of M. It isn't clear from this description if the cost of operating The states Advanced Manufacturing System at the University of M is covered but I have a number of questions I would like to have answered .<>;;;;;;;;;;;;

Dear Senator Cain and members of the Government Oversight Commitee,

I am writing to you in your capacity as the Chair of the Government Oversight Committee regarding the Opega Report of the Maine Economic Improvement Fund.
I could not get the online audio to play also I do not know if my questions are answered there.

The review of that report does not make it clear if questions I have regarding the states manufacturing center ( Advanced Manufacturing Center) located on the University of M campus and employing student labor (as reported in Maine Biz) , will be included in the report.

The review says that you will examine how the funds are used to determine if the use reconciles with Maine statutes.

The review says nothing about reconciling the use of public funds with the Maine State Constitution, which represents the people’s will and the consent of the governed You took an oath to uphold the constitution- not the statutes !

It is my conclusion, based on years of independent research , that the economic development statutes do not reconcile with the Maine State Constitution, particularly Article IV , Part Third sections 13, 14 7 15, where in the legislature is prohibited from chartering corporations by special act of legislation with an exception for municipal purposes and if the object of the corporation cannot be done another way. Clearly the object of the plethora of corporations serving the purpose of being “an instrumentality of the state’ is economic development. Economic development CAN be done another way- through the private sector. “An Instrumentality of the state” is clearly a state purpose and NOT a municipal purpose- and on that basis most of the economic development statutes through which the state centrally manages the Maine state economy and redistributes the public’s money to private interests -are not reconcilable to the state constitution.

Also particular attention needs to be paid to the Home Rule Amendment and laws pertaining to equality of taxation

The measure against which the report should judge the legality of the economic statutes is the state constitution- not state statutes which are irreconcilable with the state constitution.

As an example in 1981 the legislature passed the non-profit corporation act in which the legislature re-defined the meaning of a corporation- to say in essence that if a corporation serves as an instrumentality of the state- it is not a corporation. There is no rational for writing such a statute except to do an end run on Article IV Part Third Section 14 which prohibits the legislature from chartering corporations. As a legal authority the legislature sited the Secretary of State, who is part of the administrative branch of government. The legislature should have sited an authority from the judicial branch of government- ie the legislature should have sited an Opinion of the Justices.

I would like to know if and how student labor employed at the University of M is paid- Does the state manufacturing center at the University of M pay its fair share of payroll taxes –or did the state grant its own manufacturing center tax exemptions pursuant to the Pine Tree Zone tax exemptions for the legislature’s “targeted sector”?

I would also like to see a clear diagram of the relationship between the states public charity, The Maine Technology Institute which financed the building of the states manufacturing center at the University of Maine and represents 25% of the business that the state manufacturing center does- according to MaineBiz, which also writes that the state doesn’t charge the public charity (MTI) overhead because that would be like the state charging the state. The public charity- MTI, was chartered in violation of Article IV Part Third Section 14 of the Maine State Constitution- which makes no exception for non-profit corporations and no exception for public charities. The use of a public “charity” to gift money to for-profit private enterprises makes a complete mockery of the whole idea of a “non-profit” organization!

I would also like to know the percentage of prototype designs produced at the state’s manufacturing center which are ultimately targeted to be produced in global low-cost labor markets- that compete with American manufacturing state side? The state is extracting capitalization from the public here to finance government run production that competes unfairly with the very source of the state’s own capitalization!

What kind of economics is that? perhaps the type that is being spread world wide by the Dongbei University of Finance and Economics in China ,featuring divisions such as the international Cooperation Office, The School of International Business and the Global Institute of Management and Economics along side a school teaching Chinese language –clearly intended to be the global language of a world subjugated to global capitalism.

I submit my outrage that the University of M- an American and Maine taxpayer subsidized institution of higher learning has sold a big chunk of that educational system to the Chinese government who will install their own instructors and material on American soil-under the brand name “Confucius Institute” which is none other than the Dongbei University of Finance and Economics !

I submit that a statute needs to be passed that when ever a taxpayer subsidized institution sells a chunk to a foreign government as the University of M has done, that it forfeits all federal and state taxpayer subsidization.

Further more I submit that it should be a requirement for a taxpayer funded institution of higher learning to prominently feature studies in the Federalist Papers, The American Constitution and the Maine State Constitution- all the more so when that same university is offering a minor in Marxist and Socialist Studies, has constructed state owned means of production on the university campus- and sold a chunk of the taxpayer funded university to the Chinese Government so that a foreign government can educate American youth in it’s ill advised economic polices-that are just as much constructed on a bubble as the IPO boom or the mortgage loan fiasco in this country.

I also submit that every member of the Maine State legislature should be required to take yearly courses in the Maine State Constitution, the United States Constitution, and the Federalist Papers at a trusted educational system which is not currently, the University of M



First Day Zero Dollars Raised in the Preserving The American Politcal Philsophy Fundraiser

 UPDATE: Project Cancelled on Second Day.

Publishedon kickStarter  as the first update:
So far the first day results are reaching zero dollars out of a goal of 1000.00. . Technically the first day is not over until about 1:26 PM so there are still a few more minutes to go as I write.

This is the part of doing a KickStarter project that I hate because I am not very good at it. I ran a kickstarter project for Andersen Studio last year to unsuccessful results. Lots of people liked my post on Facebook- or maybe they just liked the images but that doesn't translate as support for a Kickstarter project.

Now I am experiencing the first head ache I have had in about twenty years. Fortunately I developed my own remedy to get rid of headaches- which is litterally embracing the pain. I lie down in bed and focus on the pain, which is a throbbing sensation - at the root of which is a particular rythmn. I try to locate that rhythm - which is very elusive because in the process of my trying to find it it totally escapes me and dissappears- vanishes into thin air!

But today I am not so patient. I feel compelled to keep on writing- having almost but not quite vanquished the head ache. I am realizing that I have to fight to make this KickStarter project a success. As I was creating it I could delude myself into believing that once I launched it -I could get back to the business of ceramics- but now I am understanding that this is the moment that I have to really fight for this project- and If I succeed- then I can feel more confident about doing another project for our ceramics business.

Today,I posted about my new project on Facebook to which a well-meaning friend replied by asking me if I had considered doing a KickStarter project- Oh Perhaps ! Easier said than done!

Since I participate in political online debates , I hope that promoting this project will be easier but it's still challenges my entire being as whatever happens with this KickStarter project will inevitably change the way my time will be invested in the future: I'm operating out of sheer and visceral instincts without an idea where I am going..

So I decided to publish one of those online debates that worked out for me as a way of linking to several blog posts that show the type of research that I do:
Fist Day Of Kickstarter Project  on Facebook:

Mackenzie Andersen 
Mackenzie Andersen, has been writing this blog because it needs to be written and deriving no income from it for a number of years .No other voice was telling this story The process has resulted in a comprehensive narrative on the evolution of Maine's economic development statutes that have superseded Maine's Constitution to create a deeply entrenched network of state run corporations which redistribute the public's wealth to private corporations and capitalists.

Free Press Fashions, will dovetail the detailed historical research of the blog with pithy statements stylishly rendered on Tea Shirts, getting the message out locally through the grass roots media of the streets.

Please support the ongoing research journalism project and in exchange you will get a stylish black cotton Tea Shirt of Baseball Cap embellished with the logo for the newly created Preserving The American Political Philosophy Web site. Be the first to support my KickStarter project and -if I reach my goal – you will get a great Tea Shirt or Cap.

Jim Azzola (Running for State Rep GOP outside PortlandI) I 've been very interested in this subject for a long time.
Can you provide me a total $$ amount of what is spent in Maine on Corporate Welfare each year?
Which Departments/Programs spend this?
What is the general makeup of these expenditures?

Mackenzie Andersen
I would recommend writing a freedom of access request to the head state accountant. I forget his official title. I have thought of doing the same but I haven't.
There was an OPEGA Report done in 2006 that Pine Tree Watch Dog wrote about and said " How about $602,181,397 from 2003 to 2005. On an annual basis, that’s about the size of the hole in the state budget that Gov. Paul LePage and the legislature have spent the last few months trying to fill."
The report concluded that there was no evidence that the programs create jobs- the result of that? No report since then! ( actually I have discovered there is one in the works now but all that is currently available is a description without details- questions without answers- but that's a start! Current OPEGA report -in the works)
Its called the OPEGA REPORT and it can be downloaded.
I am also interested in how much is spent on general welfare and comparing the two.If you want to dig into it- I would love to publish it on my website which needs more authors than just me.
I am not sure how complete an answer you will get but I was impressed when I put in a request for the amount that TideSmart Global had received in stimulus funds- based on an article from posted on _ I forget the name- one of those news source that many publications use. The story showed a picture of Governor Baldacci and Steve Woods thanking Obama and the state for the. stimulus funds to build the huge business campus
The results of the Freedom of Access request? TideSmart Global or any derivative name was no where to be found on the state's vendor list- or at I published that on my blog and the links kept going missing but no other news source picked up on the story- but Steve Woods is no longer a gubernatorial hopeful! Which is good because he was advocating relocating the inhabitants of 109 rural towns to urban centers - like they do in China!
I sent in another request about a subject I do not quite recall and was told the information was protected by tax privacy laws- which did not surprise me but asking confirmed it.

 Jim Azzola Mackenzie, that's great. Thanks a bunch. I'll track down this report.
If I take this $602 Million figure and apply it over 3 years, that's over $200 Million per year.
This is about 3% of Maine's annual budget. Not exactly small potatoes.

Mackenzie Andersen
It's only increased since then- More programs created- the rate at which the legislature can transfer public funds to private capitalists multiplied by eightfold in the "Expanded and Improved Seed Capital Tax Credit" passed last year it's the "enough is never enough" mentality at play !

 Jason Greene Not sure if you knew this, but TideSmart global is part of a large umbrella of companies, the primary one being called emg3. That may be the name that is on the reports you are looking for.
Steve Woods' various companies have done everything from lead the marketing of Jimmie Johnson the nascar driver, to doing work Levi Strauss and Gillette, to designing Chef Jamie Oliver's traveling kitchen. Woods was also once Kevin Willis' NBA agent and even manned the fryolator at McDonalds.

Mackenzie Andersen
I forgot to say that the reason I was impressed was because David Heidrich, Jr. Assistant Director of Communications Department of Administrative and Financial Services - the person to whom I directed my request - searched for every name associated with Tide Smart Global- and so did I. I looked at before I submitted the freedom of access request and I searched under every name that I could find associated with Tide Smart Global as did Mr Heidrich.- and we both also searched for funds going to Falmouth. Here is the link to my blog post on all of that:
Its easy for anyone to search recovery gov for emg3- Here is what you get: "our search returned no results. Please try again with new search criteria."
I spent a lot of time on and so I know that the bulk of the money went to urban centers with Augusta taking in 39% of the haul. The towns that Steve Woods wants to relocate got next to nothing from the stimulus funds. Steve Woods wants to "nudge" the inhabitants into moving by taking away taxpayer support for infrastructure in those areas which he says are not contributing enough to the Maine economy- of course Steve Woods can't suggest taking away any economic development funds from those areas because they aren't getting any- the bulk of which goes to the urban centers- but once the current inhabitants can be re-located I am sure that can change. Tempus Jets- a private plane company located at the city-state of MRRA is getting a sale tax exemption and has been promised "government supported loans". Once the local inhabitants can be nudged out, Tempus Jets can be used as transportation for wealthy capitalists of Maine;s "targeted sector" to those remote areas . having been deprived of infrastructure funds to nudge the natives to move ! but the abandoned roads can be used as landing areas for private jets! Preserving The American Political Philosophy:

Mackenzie Andersen

This is a blog post that I wrote about Steve Woods before The freedom of access results were known. Maine State Enterprises VS The Micro-Economy
The post discusses Woods plans for relocating rural inhabitants and contrasts it with my vision for how our ceramic art and design company could benefit those areas. This was written at the time I was running my last KickStarter campaign in support of that vision- but that Kickstarter project was not funded
When my parents moved to Maine in the 1950's it was because Maine was was a good fit for what they wanted to do- not because they had designs to change Maine. That is also what my vision is about. Steve Woods vision for those towns is a populations displacement - which is how I would describe the entire "targeted sector" economic policies of this state. My vision is to revitalize those areas by using the inhabitants as a natural resource- the sort of employees that have always been our best employees- the rooted Maine community.
.Mackenzie Andersen
This is the research that I have been doing for years because no one else is doing this kind or research or representing an alternative to "targeted sector economics" . I tried at first working with other venues. When Augusta Insider existed I was invited to write for that but then Mat Gagnon convinced the owner to merge into Pine Tree Politics and I was out. Now Pine Tree Politics is just Mat Gagnon's blog at the Bangor Daily News. Gagnon also runs Maine Politics.- Before I realized who was behind that I submitted my blog and applied but I never got a response. You will not find my blog listed on any sites that list blogs covering politics in Maine - I am off the grid! And need I say why going the non-profit route is not an options? Clue- my blog is about the Maine state constitution! .
But the blog is taking too much time and attention from the ceramic business which is why the blog has to start producing an income- but it can't do so directly- then i would be in violation of town ordinances for conducting an activity for pecuniary gain in the privacy of one's own home without getting permission from the town planning board- But with the tea shirt business- I can outsource all activities! and so not be in violation of town ordinances!
Here is the blog post about the Boothbay Town ordinances- with a special category for activities done in the privacy of the home that have "little impact on the neighborhood"