May 26, 2019
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LePage spent at least $22K in public funds at Trump hotel

Troy R. Bennett | BDN
Troy R. Bennett | BDN
Then-Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump shakes hands with Maine Gov. Paul LePage during a 2016 rally in Portland.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Documents obtained by a Maine newspaper show the state’s former Republican governor and his staff spent at least $22,000 in public money at a hotel owned by the family of President Donald Trump.

The Portland Press Herald reports Sunday that former Gov. Paul LePage and staff paid for more than 40 rooms at Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C., over a two-year period.

[LePage likely to be subpoenaed in lawsuit seeking records from Trump Organization]

The paper reports documents it recently obtained show the administration paid from $362 to more than $1,100 a night for rooms at the luxury hotel when in D.C. to meet with Trump or conduct other business.

Former LePage press secretary Julie Rabinowitz says the former governor is unlikely to discuss travel receipts because he might be deposed on a federal emoluments lawsuit. LePage was cited in the lawsuit in 2017.


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