December 16, 2015 •
Maine Ethics Commission Issues Fines for Lobbying and Campaign Finance Violations
The Maine Ethics Commission handed down two penalties today for lobbying and campaign finance law violations. Joel Allumbaugh, a lobbyist for a Florida-based think tank, was fined $50 for failing to disclose his status as a paid lobbyist to a legislative committee. Allumbaugh faced up to a $5,000 fine, and is the first lobbyist to be punished under a 2006 state lobbying disclosure law.
State Representative Diane Russell was also fined by the Maine Ethics Commission after she omitted over $1,200 in expenditures from her political action committee. Russell faced a potential $10,000 fine, but members of the Commission decided on a reduction to $2,000.
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