PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree of Maine, who has taken lawmakers to task for traveling on corporate jets, says there's nothing wrong with her flying on a corporate jet that belongs to her fiance.
The Maine Republican Party accused the Democratic congresswoman of hypocrisy after MaineWatchdog.org posted a video showing her getting off a 2007 Dassault Falcon 2000EX registered to a corporation owned by hedge fund manager S. Donald Sussman.
Pingree spokesman Willy Ritch tells the Portland Press Herald that Pingree was told by the House Ethics Committee that the flights are OK since she's engaged to Sussman.
Pingree, who's seeking re-election, is being challenged by Republican Dean Scontras.
Sussman is founder and chairman of Paloma Partners and is a regular donor to Democratic political causes and candidates in Maine.