Maine Democrats renew call for opinion on state treasurer’s business dealings

Posted Jan. 30, 2012, at 12:33 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 30, 2012, at 2:35 p.m.
Bruce Poliquin
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Bruce Poliquin

AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine legislative Democrats say a second request is being filed with the state attorney general on whether Treasurer Bruce Poliquin’s private business dealings violate the state Constitution.

Rep. Mark Dion, D-Portland, made a second request for a formal opinion on Poliquin’s business dealings as owner of the Popham Beach Club. Dion sent his initial request for an opinion to Attorney General William Schneider on Jan. 17. The Attorney General’s Office is investigating.

Democrats say the Constitution bars the treasurer from engaging in any business of trade or commerce while serving in that office.

The Maine Democratic Party has also filed a complaint with the state ethics commission claiming Poliquin failed to disclose financial information required by law in his most recent financial disclosure form.

CORRECTION:

An earlier version of this story referred to Mark Dion as a Republican. Dion is a Democrat.

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