Maine casino PAC fined for violating campaign laws

Posted March 27, 2009, at 11:17 a.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine’s campaign watchdog agency has levied a $12,250 fine on backers of a casino referendum in Scarborough for violating state campaign finance laws.

The Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices voted Thursday to fine the Scarborough Village Partnership Political Action Committee for filing late campaign financial reports and failing to register as a political action committee.

The Portland Press Herald said the PAC in its defense said it was given the incorrect filing date by the town clerk.

Scarborough voters in November rejected a proposal asking if they wanted to allow slot machines at the Scarborough Downs horse track. The measure was defeated by 240 votes out of more than 11,000 ballots that were cast.

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