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Missing campaign funds on agenda for commissioners

Missing campaign funds on agenda for commissioners

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) – Maine’s ethics commissioners are hearing from candidates who say a holdup on public campaign funding is hurting their campaigns.

The commission on Wednesday is set to discuss the issue as a related lawsuit makes its way through court.

Public funding to candidates after July 1 remains on hold because lawmakers haven’t fixed an unintentional error in Maine’s budget. Lawmakers have been at an impasse over a fix.

In a separate matter, the lawsuit says Republican Gov. Paul LePage is improperly holding up more than $1 million in public campaign funding due to more than 120 legislative candidates and one gubernatorial candidate before July 1.

Attorneys for LePage say the only the governor, not a judge, has the discretion to sign a financial order.

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Published at Wed, 25 Jul 2018 04:10:36 +0000