Cutler: I wasn't a lobbyist, except when I was

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Dan Billings
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Cutler: I wasn't a lobbyist, except when I was

I never was a lobbyist, contrary to what Arden Manning and others are saying," said Cutler. "I don’t think I ever registered as a lobbyist. You can’t be a lobbyist without registering and I don’t think I ever registered."

Cutler was, in fact, a registered lobbyist. In 1998 and 1999, government records show that he was a lobbyist for two clients at Cutler and Stanfield. From 2003 to 2006, while at Akin Gump, he was a registered lobbyist for the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority.

Mike Tipping on downeast.com

Dan Billings
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Maine Democractic Party For

Maine Democractic Party
For Immediate Release:
August 23, 2010

Contact:
Mary Erin Casale

Cutler Never Was a Lobbyist, Except for When He Was
Candidate Cutler vs. Lobbyist Cutler

PORTLAND- Following a negative week for independent candidate Eliot Cutler, whose connection to a failed mortgage company and mortgage backed security giant made headlines, the Cape Elizabeth independent's past as a lobbyist is now being examined.

"I never was a lobbyist, contrary to what Arden Manning and others are saying," Cutler told Mike Tipping, a columnist for Downeast Magazine. Cutler then went on to assert that Democrats and Republicans had been lying about his record. Tipping pressed Cutler and pointed out that he has been registered as a Lobbyist--twice. Cutler relented and admitted he had been a lobbyist adding, "I never wanted to be."

Candidate Cutler sounds a lot different than Lobbyist Cutler. Cutler had previously glowingly described his firm saying, "[public policy] is the practice that makes Akin Gump different; we are the only one of the world's great global law firms that maintains such a large lobbying and public policy practice." When Cutler was asked by the Global Times what he thinks of his role as 'China's lobbyist,' he replied, "It is an honor for us to be asked to help Chinese clients in the US."

"Cutler sat on the board of a mortgage backed securities company that contributed to the current economic crisis, but he says it is not a campaign issue. He was known as 'China's lobbyist,' but denies it. He says he has been in Maine since 1999, even though he only moved back from China in 2009. And now he's saying that I'm not being truthful about his record? Let's be honest, its Cutler who isn't telling the whole truth," said Arden Manning, Victory 2010 campaign manager.

In the Downeast article, Cutler hedges on his connection to the Chinese National Offshore Oil Company (CNOOC). "Our representation of CNOOC - I don't even remember, I think I was at the firm then, but I wasn't involved," said Cutler. Cutler later contradicts himself and tells Tipping of a deal he worked on between CNOOC, the China National Petroleum Corporation and an Argentine company.

In 2009 Cutler was quoted about the CNOOC and its attempt to buy an American oil company. "Chairman Fu [CNOOC's chairman] is a very wise man," said Cutler. "Had CNOOC come to us earlier... [it] would have made the deal much easier to get approved,"

"Cutler accused me of spreading misinformation, but every claim I made was thoroughly cited. The truth is Eliot Cutler was a registered Lobbyist, has ties to the Chinese Government, Wall Street and the 9th largest bankruptcy in American history, despite what Candidate Cutler is saying," said Manning.

J Fred
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This is going to be fun to

This is going to be fun to watch!

I never cease to be amazed by the arrogance of the powerful.

Go get him, Dems!

angler.k
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This is the biggest gob of

This is the biggest gob of mud to be tossed yet... let the Dem vs Dem battle begin. You KNOW Cutler has to comeback with something. It might be smart for LePage and the other two to sit back for a while and let Libby and Cutler go at it.

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China - Law Firms Akin Gump's

China - Law Firms
Akin Gump's Beijing Office: At The Crossroads Of Law And Public Policy

Editor: What are the legal disciplines and practice groups that you propose to have in place from the beginning?

Cutler: We intend to focus on five of our firm's strongest practices. An overarching emphasis, of course, will be public policy. This is the practice that makes Akin Gump different; we are the only one of the world's great global law firms that maintains such a large lobbying and public policy practice. It strengthens everything that we do, wherever we practice, and that will be the case in Beijing.
http://www.metrocorpcounsel.com/current.php?artType=view&artMonth=Decemb...

Traci G
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he was listed as a lobbyist

he was listed as a lobbyist in 2004 as well. he is number 455
http://projects.publicintegrity.org/lobby/profile-frame.aspx?act=agencie...

Mike Travers
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It's just lobbying. Everyone

It's just lobbying. Everyone lies about lobbying.

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