Collins’ PPP Supported 240,000 Maine Jobs, Including Gideon’s Husband’s
Gideon Even Called for More Program Transparency But Didn’t Disclose Husband’s Employer’s Loan
It has now been 114 days since Gideon has lifted a finger to help her constituents, or the people of Maine
Gideon railed on the program from the campaign trail but did NOTHING to help Mainers during COVID
Gideon’s attacks on the PPP were so caustic that the Washington Post rated them “Mostly False”... while her husband’s law firm benefited from the funding
Members of the press,
In a misleading television ad that the Washington Post’s non-partisan Fact Checker rated “mostly false,” Sara Gideon criticized Senator Susan Collins work on the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) - falsely claiming it was only helping one in ten Maine small businesses.
In fact, for weeks - Gideon has criticized the PPP over and over again.
But - she NEVER came clean to voters about how this program, which is intended to help small employers retain workers during a pandemic, actually helped her own family! The law firm where Gideon’s husband works received more than $1 million in taxpayer funds from the program!
In fact, Gideon released a policy document demanding more transparency about who got the funds -- a week AFTER her husband received his money -- but she’s never disclosed that her family benefited from the program.
A review of program recipients, released by the Small Business Administration yesterday, shows that the PPP program has been a major success, pumping billions of dollars into Maine, helping thousands of businesses across the state, at a time when Maine needs it the most.
By contrast, Speaker Sara Gideon has spent the last 111 days campaigning, refusing to bring the Legislature back in to address a myriad of state-level issues, including a collapsing unemployment system and more than $1 billion in federally-allocated relief funds that have sat unspent in Augusta since March.
Instead, Gideon and her allies relentlessly attacked the PPP program and criticized Senator Collins for her work during the pandemic to help Mainers.
Think about it - while Gideon lied about the PPP program, she was actually living off it.
While she did nothing to pitch in during Maine’s dark hour, her family was supported by a program Senator Collins created.
Gideon has a long record of hypocrisy and falsehoods, but this takes the cake.
If you missed it, please read the Associated Press coverage of this stunning development in Maine’s U.S. Senate race.
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Gideon’s DC-based Team Pinocchio continues to mislead Mainers
Members of the press,
Check out our new video fact-checking Sara Gideon’s latest false ad.
The ad claims Gideon passed legislation that lowers the price of insulin.
That is FALSE.
Gideon’s bill simply caps co-pays on insulin. It didn’t touch the actual price of insulin. Co-pays are set by the insurer, not by the company that makes the medication.
And Gideon’s legislation would only apply to those with private insurance - if a person doesn’t have private insurance, her bill wouldn’t apply.
Gideon’s ad also claims she took on Big Pharma.
That’s also FALSE.
The first donation to her personal leadership PAC came from a pharmaceutical company - and she’s received many more contributions from the pharmaceutical industry since.
And Gideon’s campaign ad includes the logo of the American Diabetes Association, as if the ADA had endorsed Gideon.
That is FALSE.
Are you seeing a pattern here? Gideon’s DC-based campaign isn’t concerned with telling the truth to Mainers. The DC establishment running Gideon’s campaign wants to win at all costs.
Check out our new video fact-checking Gideon’s false claims.
PS: Gideon and her allies have been caught by fact-checkers before.
Remember, a recent Gideon attack ad was awarded Three Pinocchios, a “Mostly False” rating, by the Washington Post last week. And a false ad by Maine Momentum, a dark money group staffed by Gideon and Pingree alums, was awarded a Three Pinocchios rating by Washington Post as well.
PPS: You can tell that Gideon’s ad was rushed and wasn’t fact-checked by her DC-based staff - her last name is spelled wrong in the ad’s disclaimer.
Gideon has ducked debates, reporters, and her job as Speaker - now her party is protecting DC’s chosen candidate in a cozy forum
Bre Kidman says a formal grievance had to be filed w/Maine Dems to even get Gideon to appear at a multi-candidate forum (not a debate)
Why is Gideon hiding from Mainers? Answers below!
Ad Features Betsy Sweet Blasting Gideon For Skipping Debates
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