Elections

Sticking to his guns

Sticking to his guns

A trained mediator and a former sheriff’s deputy, Mark Holbrook is leaning on traditional Republican values in his second attempt to unseat Chellie Pingree

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Legislators use timing and creative wording to skirt spirit of fundraising rules

Legislators use timing and creative wording to skirt spirit of fundraising rules

This examination of campaign records and fundraising techniques shows how Maine statehouse politicians have found creative ways ways to skirt the spirit of laws meant to limit the influence of special interests. How do they do it: by scheduling events on dates and times that don’t violate the letter of the law. They do it by choosing how they word an invitation, avoiding words that might get them in trouble, like “host,” and instead using a safe term like “featured guest.”

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Lawmaker: PACs shouldn’t pay the legislators who run them

Lawmaker: PACs shouldn’t pay the legislators who run them

Saying he wanted to stop a practice that was “the closest thing to getting directly paid” by lobbyists, state Rep. Louis Luchini, D-Ellsworth, introduced a bill Feb. 27 to bar legislators from paying themselves, businesses they run and family members from political action committees (PACs) that they control.

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