Elliot Cutler is bad news economically for Maine

By Ramona du Houx - October 13th, 2010 · 

First he wants to reorganize LURC, the agency that issues permits over Maine’s unorganized territories. He wants to make the process faster. It took years of careful negotiations and citizen input to make sure Plum Creek didn’t leave citizens up the creek.

For Cutler faster means: allowing development to move in faster against the people’s wishes.

He said he would change social services and put a time limit on unemployment benefits. Congress does that. He wants to make that time even shorter. Safety nets are designed for times of economic turmoil—like recessions.

He favors charter schools, which would take funds away from Maine’s public schools. This is not equal opportunity for all.

Cutler may say he doesn’t like oil but oil companies were his clients.

He joined a law firm, the Akin Gump, as a partner in 2000. That firm is well known for representing oil companies. During the period Cutler was a partner at the firm, public statements and lobbying reports from Akin Gump show them working for dozens of oil and gas companies, including Exxon Mobil, ConocoPhillips, Chevron, Sunoco, Shell and BP.

Cutler may say he is an environmentalist but he helped strip malls.

After five years working with Senator Ed Muskie on a subcommittee with jurisdiction over environmental legislation Cutler joined the firm of Webster & Sheffield. One of the firm’s clients was the International Council of Shopping Centers, a trade association of owners and operators of the nation’s strip malls and shopping centers. Cutler stopped the EPA’s proposed regulations, allowing Wal-Mart and other big box stores to build huge shopping centers which almost destroyed Maine’s downtown communities.

As for being involved in the financial crisis—Elliot Cutler was involved with a mortgage company that went bankrupt after being accused of lax lending habits.