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Denies filing lawsuit against Obama administration in a bizarre handwritten letter to progressive activist group CREDO Action

August 11, 2015 – Maine Governor LePage is confused. In response to a CREDO petition signed by 1,226 Maine residents urging Governor LePage to “drop [his] politically motivated lawsuit against President Obama’s executive orders to keep immigrant families together,” the governor claimed in a bizarre handwritten letter to CREDO Deputy Political Director Murshed Zaheed that he had actually filed a lawsuit against “illegal immigrants.”

The December 9, 2014 lawsuit (PDF) in question clearly lists the defendents as the United States of America and five specific individuals in the Obama administration’s Department of Homeland Security.

Today, in an attempt to educate Governor LePage about his own lawsuit, CREDO sent the following handwritten note in response:

Dear Governor LePage,

Thank you on behalf of 3.8 million members of CREDO Action, including 18,000+ in Maine, for your handwritten note dated July 28, 2015. Though I realize you’ve been very busy with a lawsuit by House Speaker Mark Eves, legislative investigations, and possible impeachment, I was still surprised to learn that you are unaware of the lawsuit you filed on December 9, 2014. I am including a copy of the suit for your reference. If your name (one of only four governors) was erroneously included on this filing I recommend contacting Texas Attorney General and current Governor Greg Abbott who organized this filing.

Also please note that “illegal immigrants” are not listed as a defendant in the attached document, however the United States of America – whose Chief Executive at this time is President Barack Obama – is included.

I look forward to further clarification of this matter.


Murshed Zaheed
CREDO Action

The July 28 letter Governor LePage sent to CREDO Deputy Political Director Murshed Zaheed reads as follows:


I am in receipt of a letter from you concerning a lawsuit against President Obama. I believe you mistake me for someone else! I do not have a lawsuit against President Obama. I did file a lawsuit against illegal immigrants taking state money against state and federal laws. The United States was founded by the rule of law.


Governor Paul R. LePage



The petition signatures CREDO delivered to Governor LePage on July 8 read as follows:

“Drop your politically motivated lawsuit against President Obama’s executive orders to keep immigrant families together and provide relief for children and their parents from the constant fear of deportation.”

Since it has now come to our attention that Governor LePage enjoys corresponding through handwritten letters delivered by snail mail, CREDO is sending an email today to its 18,000 progressive activists in Maine urging them to write handwritten notes explaining to Governor LePage why his anti-immigrant lawsuit runs counter to Maine values.

Please contact [email protected] if you’d like a copy of the email being sent to CREDO activists in Maine today, or if you have any questions.

CREDO Action, part of CREDO Mobile, is a social change network of 3.8 million activists, sending millions of petition signatures and more than 50,000 phone calls to decision-makers each year. CREDO Action members also participate in meetings, protests and other direct actions for progressive change. Follow CREDO on Twitter at @CREDOmobile.

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