Matthew Lifflander was born in New York in 1932. He lived for the first fourteen years of his life in New York City and then moved to the Bronx. Lifflander developed an interest in politics and went to law school at Cornell. It was at Cornell that Lifflander was first exposed to Ed Muskie when the Young Democrats invited Governor Muskie to speak. Lifflander continued to keep a correspondence with Muskie after his visit and eventually went on to work for him during the 1968 and 1972 campaigns. Lifflander worked as the treasurer of the New York campaign committee for Muskie and his official title was the regional finance director for the northeast.
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