LePage Re-Election Contributions Questioned
Maine Citizens for Clean Elections has filed a complaint with the Maine Ethics Commission to investigate Republican Governor Paul LePage's re-election committee for accepting donations that exceed the state's $3,000 private donation limit for gubernatorial campaigns.
The campaign's latest finance report includes multiple donations from companies that exceed the maximum donation limit: Cianbro Inc. ($4,500), FairPoint Communications ($3,500), and Maine Beer & Wine Wholesalers ($4,500). While the Ethics Commission says that the donations seem to be reporting errors, Governor LePage's campaign has yet to fix these mistakes. Bill Logan, treasurer for the campaign, could not explain why the issue ws not addressed.
The executive director for Maine Citizens for Clean Elections, Andrew Bossie, said Friday that, "As we push for measures to strengthen Clean Elections and enhance disclosure, we must also insist on accountability and compliance with the rules that are in place today."
Jonathan Wayne, a member of the ethics commission, said that the ethics staff would review donation information provided by LePage's campaign.