Summary: Maine People Before Politics is a corrupt and poorly run professional internet troll operation that engages in digital organizing. The group doesn’t disclose donors and has repeatedly failed to disclose political activities to the IRS. MPBP has posted several anti-TCI Facebook rants, social campaigns, and email blasts that generated a slew of negative comments to the TCI portal notable for their extreme hostility and their personal focus on Governor Mills.
Maine People Before Politics is a poorly-run, dark money group with questionable finances and an outsized social media presence. The group was founded in 2010 to support the policies of then-Governor Paul Lepage, but since his departure, MPBP mostly occupies itself attacking LePage’s successor Governor Janet Mills.
Starting in late 2019, Maine People Before Politics started attacking TCI and Governor Mills’ plans to join, predominantly relying on email blasts and Facebook posts. One particular Facebook post slammed TCI and Governor Mills and asked its supporters to submit public comments through the TCI comment portal.
The group doesn’t disclose its donors, and for several years it didn’t disclose any revenue at all to the IRS, despite paying nearly $100,000 to LePage’s daughter and political advisor during that time. MPBP repeatedly failed to properly disclose political activities to the IRS as required by law.