Democrat Donor Gets Delayed Sentencing for Child Pornography

Eliot Cutler, a prominent Democrat donor and former Carter administration official, has recently received a suspended sentence for child pornography charges and won’t have to report to jail until June 1st. Cutler, who is considered a left-leaning politician, has donated significant sums of money to various Democrat politicians, including President Biden, former President Obama, and Senator Sanders.

Cutler’s arrest occurred in March of 2022 when authorities charged him with four counts of possessing unlawful sexually explicit material of a minor under the age of 12. The arrest warrant indicated that authorities discovered “literally thousands of videos of very young children being sexually abused.” During a recent hearing, Cutler pled guilty to all four counts and was sentenced to nine months in jail.

Cutler’s Career and Political Connections. Cutler is a wealthy environmental lawyer who worked for Democratic Senator Ed Muskie and former President Jimmy Carter. During the Carter administration, he served as part of the U.S. Office of Management and Budget and was the top White House official for energy matters from 1977 to 1980.

Aside from his government positions, Cutler also ran as an Independent candidate for governor of Maine in 2010 and 2014. Although he narrowly lost the 2010 election to Republican Paul LePage in a multi-candidate race, Cutler’s political connections and wealth have allowed him to donate substantial sums of money to Democrat politicians.

Lenient Sentence Sparks Controversy. Despite the gravity of Cutler’s crimes, his nine-month sentence has been considered by many as unduly lenient. Additionally, it does not account for any time that could be subtracted for good behavior.

The circumstances surrounding Cutler’s case have been particularly disturbing, given the large number of videos found in his possession. Cutler has expressed remorse for his actions, stating in court that “my behavior helped to support an industry built upon their abuse, and I hope with all my heart that they can find healing and dignity.” Nevertheless, the leniency of his sentence has sparked controversy, particularly in light of other high-profile cases involving Democrat donors and politicians.