2nd Congressional District Political Profiles


Last night, WAGM brought you an hour-long political profile on the candidates vying for the House of Representatives’ 2nd Congressional District. In an effort to keep you, the voter as informed as possible, we will break down some of the claims made by candidates in the 2nd congressional district race.

In any political season, candidates make many claims about what they have done, what they will do, or what their opponents have done and Tuesday night’s 2nd Congressional Political Profile was no different. We have therefore verified a few of these statements for you. We start with incumbent Democrat Jared Golden, who spoke about his appeal to the Biden administration regarding oil reserves.

“I lead a group of lawmakers who are pushing the Biden administration to release millions of barrels of the strategic oil reserves we have in this country”

This appears to be true, as a letter sent to President Joe Biden dated September 16, 2022 urges the President to commit to releasing more barrels of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. Among the 8 signatures at the bottom of the letter, that of Jared Golden is the 1st. Former Congressman and current Republican candidate Bruce Poliquin also made several statements. One was for newly hired IRS agents.

“87,000 new IRS agents that Joe Biden and my opponent Mr. Golden and others voted to hire. We don’t need 87,000 new tax officials harassing the middle class.

Poliquin is likely referring to a May 2021 report from the Treasury Department, which estimates that the IRS could hire the full-time equivalent of 86,852 employees by 2031 with additional funding of $80 million. This funding was included in the Cut Inflation Act of 2022, which Jared Golden voted for. However, it should be noted in the original Treasury report that the additional $80 billion in funding for the IRS would go to “hiring new specialized law enforcement officers, modernizing information technology outdated systems and investing in meaningful taxpayer service, including the implementation of the new expanded system. credits intended to support American families. It is important to note that the additional resources will go to enforcement against those with the highest incomes, and audit rates will not increase from past years for those earning less than $400,000 in income. real. Meanwhile, independent candidate Tiffany Bond has spoken out on how to solve the heating crisis facing the state.

“If you look at the amount of money that Jared Golden and Bruce Poliquin will have raised by the end of this campaign cycle, the two together, if they worked together, could solve all of our heating problems, I mean, the amount they raise together will likely exceed our LIHEAP funds for the state.

That doesn’t seem to be true. According to the Federal Election Commission, Bruce Poliquin and Jared Golden raised a total of 9,144,914.94. Although data regarding total LIHEAP funding for fiscal year 2023 is not readily available, based on LIHEAP funding from previous years, the State of Maine is expected to receive approximately $40 million in LIHEAP funding as a State, well above the $9 million raised by the two candidates.

Brian Bouchard, NewsSource8

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