Maine Democrat Sara Gideon is benefiting from another multimillion-dollar dark money group as she attempts to unseat Sen. Susan Collins (R., Maine), despite decrying “big money” in politics.
Gideon has been receiving positive coverage from a Maine news website which operates as part of a larger news network that publishes favorable content of Democratic candidates and attacks their Republican opponents.
Maine Beacon is one of the 12 affiliates of The Newsroom, a network of media outlets focused on state-level politics which operates across the United States. The Newsroom is a project of the Hopewell Fund, a Washington, D.C-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit that “incubates projects and provides professional support and guidance.” Other affiliates of The Newsroom include the Arizona Mirror, the Colorado Independent, Maryland Matters, the Nevada Current, and the Michigan Advance.
In recent months, the Maine Beacon has published glowing headlines on Gideon, including “Gideon’s bill would make Maine a national leader on paid family leave” and “Record-breaking fundraising for Gideon and other Democratic Senate candidates.” Its pieces on Collins are often negative and read as opposition research pieces. Some of its headlines against Collins are “Big bucks ready to flow into Maine as Susan Collins aims to keep her seat,” “Cowardice is the dominant gene for Collins and her Republican Party,” “Collins attends fundraiser at $4m mansion of nation’s top anti-choice judicial activist,” and “Collins says judge backed by anti-abortion groups is an ‘outstanding’ example.”