AUGUSTA — Records reviewed by The Associated Press show Maine Republican Gov. Paul LePage’s administration has paid more than $385,000 to a couple of private law firms since 2014.

LePage is suing Democratic Attorney General Janet Mills, saying her refusal to legally represent him has cost the state hundreds of thousands of dollars. His office hasn’t disclosed the cost of his latest lawsuit.

Mills has discretion to represent LePage. Her office authorizes his requests for outside counsel. She says she has authorized outside counsel three times.

LePage asked to retain law firm Consovoy McCarthy Park to represent him in a lawsuit brought by a former House speaker. The state’s risk management fund has paid $160,000 to the firm.

The governor’s contingency fund made $225,000 in payments to another firm representing his administration in two other lawsuits.

Gov. Paul LePage

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