State workers union questions Maine Heritage Policy Center e-mail solicitation

Posted Feb. 25, 2011, at 2:51 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — A state employees union is questioning why a co-chairman of Gov. Paul LePage’s transition team sent e-mail solicitations to some state workers seeking contributions for the conservative think tank he heads.

Chris Quint of the Maine State Employees Association said 10 employees have complained about a fundraising e-mail from Maine Heritage Policy Center CEO Tarren Bragdon. Quint told the Portland Press Herald that workers are asking how Bragdon got their e-mail addresses and whether the solicitation violates a law prohibiting state officers and employees from seeking political contributions from state workers.

Bragdon says he’s not a state employee. He says the e-mails were sent to everyone on the organization’s e-mail list, and that some workers ended up on the list because they checked out information on its website.

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