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Augusta Civic Center incurs $300 bill in overtime for GOP convention

Robert F. Bukaty | AP
Robert F. Bukaty | AP
State party chairman Charlie Webster addresses the Republican Convention to urge leaders to try to wrap up business on time rather than incur additional costs for renting the Augusta Civic Center in Augusta on Sunday, May 6, 2012.
The Associated Press

AUGUSTA, Maine — It turns out the Maine GOP didn’t run up a huge tab from the Augusta Civic Center for keeping the lights on after the convention ran late.

GOP Chairman Charlie Webster warned Ron Paul activists who took over the weekend convention that the civic center agreement called for wrapping up by 6 p.m. Sunday. Instead, the convention continued at least two hours beyond that before breaking up.

Civic Center Director Dana Colwill said Wednesday that the bill will be $300 or less for overtime for workers who stayed to the end.

The convention was a messy affair with repeated delays as Paul supporters and Mitt Romney supporters argued over rules of order. Some party members passed the hat to collect donations to pay the civic center.


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