Maine gov candidate Richardson drops out


AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — John Richardson, one of five Democratic candidates for Maine governor, has dropped out of the race following notification he didn’t qualify for Clean Election Act funding.

Richardson made the announcement Monday at a news conference in his hometown of Brunswick. He sought public campaign funding, but his eligibility was denied by the state Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices.

The ethics commission determined that Richardson campaign workers “falsely stated that they collected qualifying contributions” and that the campaign submitted documents “containing material false statements.”

Richardson served in the Maine House of Representatives, finishing as speaker. In 2007, he was named commissioner of the Department of Economic and Community Development.