Maine State Housing Authority cleared from wrong-doing

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Dale McCormick, former executive director of MaineHousing, resigned in March amid accusations the agency was misusing taxpayer money.

AUGUSTA — The Maine State Housing Authority was cleared of accusations of fraud in a report issued today by the state's Office of Program Evaluation and Government Accountability.

The review of MSHA was initiated by the Legislature after accusations that the agency had been misusing taxpayer funds. Critics included the Maine Heritage Policy Center, which had queried the agency's list of vendors used over the past 13 years

According to the report, OPEGA judged "substantially all" of the $4.3 million MSHA expenses it reviewed to be "generally consistent with its mission and primary activities." 

"Those expenditures we noted as having an indirect or unclear connection to mission and activities . . . were related to certain sponsorships, organizational memberships, and conferences attended by MaineHousing staff," the report says.  

The report notes that some expense categories were potentially unnecessary, such as sponsorships and organizational memberships, out of state conferences, food and refreshments for employees, gift cards for employee bonuses, and business meals for MSHA management. 

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Mark Wrenn's picture

agenda

The whole episode was never about whether Maine Housing was using funds appropriately, it was about replacing the Director with someone a little more receptive to the edicts of King Paul. I wonder when prospective Senate candidate Poliquin will stand up and admit he doesn't possess the critical thinking skills or the depth of character to acknowledge his role as wheelman in the GOP clown car witch hunt.

Heritage Foundation

After reading the blogs the heritage foundation has openly admitted to wanting to astro-turf liberal movements and use rat screwing tactics. It is no big surprise though for a group of pro-colonial racists it would be very funny to see what color their faces would turn if someone were to question them about astro-turfing and rat screwing movements publicly.

Douglas Mac antSaior's picture

"Those expenditures we noted

"Those expenditures we noted as having an indirect or unclear connection to mission and activities . . . were related to certain sponsorships, organizational memberships, and conferences attended by MaineHousing staff,"

Then perhaps MSHA should have better guidelines concerning extracurricular activities. Really? Sending monies out of state to varying concerns, including a martial arts center?! Just because no crime was determined doesn't make their decisions sound.

DONALD FERLAND's picture

Can we say the political

Can we say the political witch hunt should be turned on the Governor next...talk about a waste of money

Bob Woodbury's picture

I wonder what witch hunt...

...the Maine Heritage Policy Center will go on next.

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