Maine Secretary of State Shenna Bellows, who opted Thursday to block former President Donald Trump from the 2024 Maine GOP primary ballot, said in multiple media interviews afterward that she made an entirely “unbiased” judgement.
But Bellows previous statements about Trump, many of the dripping with visceral disdain for the 45th president of the United States, along with her ties to national progressive groups and donors suggests otherwise.
Bellows received tens of thousands of dollars from national progressive mega-donors and left-wing political groups in support of her doomed challenge to U.S. Sen. Susan Collins in 2014.
She has since spoken openly about her antipathy for Trump, including her belief that he is guilty of the crime of “insurrection” — a crime he has never been charged with or convicted in any U.S. court or the U.S. Senate.
“My obligations to the constitution and rule of law come before any other consideration, no other factors could weigh on that decision and did not,” said Bellows.
The list of donors from Bellows’ 2014 Senate campaign suggests she may have had compelling ulterior motives to bar Trump from the ballot. Namely, appeasing the deep-pocketed donors who could support her future campaigns for U.S. Senate or Governor of Maine.
Rep. John Andrews (R-Paris), who has initiated the process of filing to impeach Bellows, suggested on Fox & Friends Thursday morning that Bellows decision was motivated by her likely pursuit of a future political office.
In her first federal campaign, Bellows received funding from George Soros’ daughter, Andrea Soros, Fred Eychaner, and S. Donald Sussman, among other wealthy Democratic donors.
Fred Eychaner is a top donor for Democrat candidates and political action committees (PAC) and was the largest contributor to liberal PACs in the 2012 election, when he contributed over $12 million.
George Soros, father of Andrea Soros, has been an opponent of Trump for years, donating $10 million to Hillary Clinton’s campaign when she opposed him in 2016.
Andrea Soros is a member of the board for the liberal Open Society Policy center, which gave millions to groups advocating against Trump, and in support of Planned Parenthood and other liberal PACs.
S. Donald Sussman, the former husband of Democratic Rep. Chellie Pingree (ME-CD1), is a hedge fund manager who, as of 2020, had given over $20 million to Democrat political candidates.
Bellows was also the beneficiary of nearly $200,000 in ad spending from “Democracy in America,” a left-wing PAC, and MoveOn.org.
Leading up to the 2020 census, Sussman, along with Soros, were the two major donors to a project attempting to gain Democrat control of state legislatures so they could redistrict states favorably for Democrats.
Bellows also received funding from various left-wing advocacy groups and labor unions, such as America Works, the Center for Freethought and Equality, and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.
Raising further questions about Bellows’ objectivity are the many pictures of herself with President Joe Biden, some of which the president took with her phone.
Before she issued her decision, Bellows was asked by Trump’s legal team to recuse herself from the decision because she had already formed a biased opinion, which she advertised in several social media posts, but she refused.
Maine Republicans intend to challenge Bellows’ decision in Maine Superior Court.