SOURCE: Politician Watch Association

October 06, 2015 06:44 ET

First Super PAC Formed in Guam-Micronesia in Hopes to Boost Voter Awareness on the U.S. Pacific Islands

Poliwatch Update: First Federal PAC to Raise Awareness on 2016 Elections, Medical Cannabis Program, and Voter Rights for Citizens of the Marianas and Micronesian States

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwired - October 06, 2015) - While the mainstream American media support the 2016 presidential election candidates as Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, there is absolutely no news or public knowledge on the mainland U.S. about the upcoming federal and local elections on the affiliated and official territories of the United States, including Federated States of Micronesia, Guam, and Northern Mariana Islands.

PoliWatch asks Cary Lee Peterson, a U.S. Congressional lobbyist who formed Guam's first federal PAC called American Friends of Micronesia about his reason for the new political action committee in Guam. Peterson responds, "I'm surprised this wasn't done four or five elections prior. The people of Guam pay taxes to [Uncle Sam] Internal Revenue Service, so I'm not sure how it would be fair to not allow them to vote for the next American president."

"...I'm sure if Guam's GDP increased closer to that of Vermont's current GDP [about $30 billion] due to cannabis they'd definitely have a shot at earning number fifty-one in this country." -- Cary Lee Peterson

When asked about the plan for the federal PAC registered with U.S. Federal Elections Commission supporting Micronesian political issues associated with the U.S., Peterson remarks, "There's a lot of work to be done and it starts with a few basic factors that will serve as the building blocks and foundation for any Westernized economy and the communities."

Peterson continues by describing that the initial focal points of the PAC will be the medical cannabis program for locals and migrants seeking treatment for severe illnesses, voter rights for Guam and Northern Mariana citizens; an issue that lingers on Capitol Hill and has remained a question mark subject for other territories of the U.S. to whether or not a 51st state will ever be admitted. Peterson believes that there is strong potential for a bill proposition to vote 'Guam the 51st U.S. state' or 'FSM as an official U.S. territory' on the 2016 federal ballot with the right supporters in private sector and super delegates from allied U.S. states.

"I'm surprised this wasn't done four or five elections prior. The people of Guam pay taxes to Internal Revenue Service, so I'm not sure how it would be fair to not allow them to vote for the next American president." -- Cary Lee Peterson

Super PAC guru Cary Peterson, more recently known for his much criticized pro-Bernie Sanders PAC that favored Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT), further comments," The medical marijuana industry triggers tourism, healthcare, and every economic issue that comes with one or two hundred thousand migrant residents arriving to shore over a few years in hopes to find cost-effective treatment that serves as the salvation to their otherwise hopeless predicament that plague their lives in their native countries, where cannabis products like CBD oil are not legal to use for medicinal purposes. Look at the success of California, Colorado, Maine, and Nevada due to medicinal cannabis. I'm sure if Guam's GDP increased closer to that of Vermont's current GDP [about $30 billion] due to cannabis they'd definitely have a shot at earning number fifty-one in this country."

Since the elected at-large U.S. delegates to Congress hold non-voting seats the lobbying for such a change for America's cousins in the East and South Pacific remain limited. Nonetheless, this restricts funding for various federal government programs that affect education, social services, and economic assistance programs in the Marianas and Federated States of Micronesia; some of which that place restrictions on permanent residents or citizens that are U.S. veterans seeking mortgage loans of healthcare assistance.

Peterson vividly states, "Micronesian Islands need more support from D.C. and that's what American Friends of Micronesia PAC is here to do. I personally made a decision years ago to devote my public service, efforts, and focus on a forgotten part of America that has protected our Eastern-Pacific seas and skies over seventy years since World War II."

Since the announcement of a legalized cannabis program launch in progress from FSM Capitol State, Pohnpei in July delegations, meetings, and plans have been coming together amongst to secure robust project framework for housing development, transportation services, healthcare facilities, educational programs, and agricultural farmland (indoor and outdoor) to grow imported Cannabis Ruderalis that produces high volumes or cannabidiol (also referred to as "CBD hemp oil").

So far the new PAC movement on the islands has allured the interests of investors and sponsors for the first 'green' bank that will enable legal marijuana business throughout the U.S. to become more bankable and accountable, opposed to the 'all-cash' based operations that are unable to open a normal checking or savings account due to critical banking laws. The PAC also has influenced plans for new scheduled flight itineraries in Micronesia by active major airlines and a new commercial airline that will fly direct to Australia and California from the islands to accommodate new tourists. This week Poliwatch confirmed from affiliates of American Friends of Micronesia of 2015 that there are talks of supporting 2015 Miss Pacificana Guam who is rumored to be running for Guam Senate in 2016 as the first transgender to run for office in the Marianas. Peterson tells PoliWatch, "I can't speak for Ms. Balbas about her plans to run or not run in next year's local elections but I think anything's possible with God, and I'm a firm believe that the LBGT community needs more strong role models in politics."

Article by: Jason Vasquez

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