The Maine Wire broke the story last week that U.S. Senate candidate Angus King’s wind company was included in a congressional oversight report as part of a handful of companies that received federal loan guarantees under questionable circumstances.
The Associated Press picked up the story after we broke it, and this weekend the Maine Sunday Telegram featured the story on the front page.
The MST’s piece was basically a one-sided apology for King, and allowed the former governor to push aside questions without a counter voice. King still claims he knew nothing about the investigation until The Maine Wire made him aware of it, despite the evidence that his company was sent a letter from the oversight committee six days earlier.
The Maine Wire also broke the news on Friday that Congresswoman Chellie Pingree helped King get his $102 million loan guarantee by writing a letter of support to the Department of Energy. This is significant for several reasons:
- Chellie Pingree is a close personal friend of Angus King. Now it appears Pingree is supporting King’s professional efforts as well.
- King’s Record Hill Wind project is not even in Pingree’s district.Pingree urged support for a project for a personal friend outside of her district, and Mike Michaud, the congressman who actually represents the town of Roxbury, did not.
The Maine Wire will continue to report on this story as we get more information.