AUGUSTA, Maine — The Maine Ethics Commission has dropped an investigation into allegations that former Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Rosa Scarcelli listed her stepfather and his son as contributors to her 2010 campaign without their permission.
The commission voted Thursday to abandon the investigation after Scarcelli’s stepfather, Karl Norberg, withdrew the complaint that triggered the inquiry last year. The commission had planned to hold a hearing on the matter Thursday before Norberg notified members he was withdrawing the complaint.
Norberg filed a complaint in April 2012 in which he said he was surprised to see his and his son’s names listed as donors to Scarcelli’s unsuccessful gubernatorial bid.
Norberg told ethics commission staff that he and his son never authorized $750 donations made in their names that were transferred to the campaign from the bank account of Gleichman & Co., the firm owned by Pamela Gleichman, who is Norberg’s wife and Scarcelli’s mother.
Scarcelli said in July that her stepfather’s ethics complaint was retaliation for a lawsuit she filed against Norberg over the ownership and management of Scarcelli’s low-income housing firm, GN Holdings LP. In a response to Norberg’s complaint, Scarcelli said her relationship with her stepfather had deteriorated, but that Norberg had “unequivocally” supported her 2010 gubernatorial bid.
Scarcelli placed third in a four-way Democratic gubernatorial primary won by former Senate President Libby Mitchell. Mitchell placed third in the general election won by Republican Gov. Paul LePage.