The Supreme Court’s 2010 decision to allow political action committees – groups affiliated with candidates – to take in unlimited contributions as long as they don’t directly coordinate with the candidate is making for an expensive election season. The decision also opens the door for the independently wealthy to contribute as much of their money as they’d like to PACs – and in turn, candidates.
ALFRED — The Maine Attorney General’s Office is poised to bring criminal charges against former Maine House Rep. David Burns, R-Alfred, in the wake of findings by the state ethics commission that he violated Maine campaign finance laws.
Rep. David R. Burns, R-Alfred, has resigned from the Maine Legislature, effective immediately, according to Maine House Speaker Robert Nutting, and a spokeswoman from the Maine Attorney General’s office said criminal charges are pending.
Thumbs up to those involved with the decision to keep permanent state guardianship for Laurette Doyon, a former homeless woman who became a fixture in Biddeford’s and Saco’s downtowns. York County Judge of Probate Donna Bailey granted the Maine Department of Health and Human Services permanent guardianship over Doyon recently, which means the 79-year-old woman will remain in the residential facility where she’s been staying since November.