Four of Maine’s largest companies are no longer listed as financial sponsors of Equality Maine, a non-profit that has advocated for legalizing elective late-term abortions and sex changes for minors.
The changes to Equality Maine’s list of sponsors follow a June 2 report from the Maine Wire showing how several of Maine’s largest companies donate money to the radical left-wing group.
At the time, Hannaford, LL Bean, Central Maine Power, and General Dynamics, parent company of Bath Iron Works, were listed as sponsors.
However, as of Friday, none of those companies appeared on the organization’s “Our Sponsors” page.
The organization also deleted a page that listed all of the legislative items it was supporting in the 131st Legislature, including LD 1619, the bill that legalized elective late-term abortions in Maine.
Some of the items EqualityMaine backed are still available publicly on a May 13 archive of the page. Social media posts from the organization also detail its political advocacy for far left policies.
In the recently concluded legislative session, Equality Maine advocated for a slate of proposals that would expand minors’ access to sex-change drugs and surgeries, including LD 535, a bill that will allow 16- and 17-year-olds to get sex-change drugs over their parents’ objections.
The group has also encouraged lawmakers to pass LD 1735, a bill that would prevent Maine law enforcement from reuniting a child with their parents if they were brought into Maine for sex-change drugs or surgeries.
It’s unclear whether the four companies asked to be removed from the sponsorship list or if the changes were just routine updates.
Equality Maine operates both a 501(c)3 and a 501(c)4.
Donations to the 501(c)3 are tax deductible and there are limits on how the money can be used to influence politics through lobbying and campaigns.
Donations to a 501(c)4 are not tax deductible, and those donations can legally fund more explicitly political work.
The website does not include information about which side of the organization a sponsor has donated to, or how much.
Equality Maine’s current sponsors include Bangor Savings Bank, Wex, Bank of America, Coffee by Design, Diversified Communications, Five County Credit Union, Town and Country Federal Credit Union, Martin’s Point Health Care, MaineHealth, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, Gardner Real Estate Group, cPort Credit Union, Berman & Simmons Trial Attorneys, AthenaHealth, Norway Savings Bank, and TD Bank.