Richardson denied public funds, won’t appeal

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John Richardson, Democratic gubernatorial candidate, is not appealing a decision by the state to deny him Maine Clean Elections Act funding.

Richardson’s campaign has scheduled a press conference in Brunswick at 11 a.m.

The decision to deny funding was issued last Thursday by the staff of the Maine Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices.

“Because the staff has found that certain campaign workers falsely stated that they collected qualifying contributions, the staff is unable to accept any contributions claimed by those workers unless the contributors have independently confirmed to the commission staff that they made the contributions with their own personal funds,” wrote Jonathan Wayne, executive director of the Maine ethics commission in a letter to Richardson.

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Wayne said the ethics staff chose not to comment on the decision last week until Richardson had a chance to decide whether or not to appeal.

Before the scheduled press conference Monday, Wayne said Richardson was not appealing the denial.

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