Les Otten campaign consultant faces fine for negative campaign calls

Posted Nov. 24, 2010, at 9:59 a.m.
Last modified Nov. 24, 2010, at 7:21 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine’s campaign regulatory staff is recommending a $274 fine against a New Hampshire political consultant who worked on behalf of candidate Les Otten in last spring’s Maine Republican primary race.

The Kennebec Journal of Augusta says the Maine Ethics Commission will consider the fine against Michael Dennehy for not following Maine law when he funded negative campaign calls against Paul LePage during the campaign. LePage ended up winning the seven-way primary and is now governor-elect.

The newspaper says Dennehy did not check with Otten before hiring a firm to make the negative calls. The ethics commission staff says Dennehy should have put a disclaimer on the calls to identify who paid for them and did not file a report to disclose the expense.