Maine may investigate alleged illegal fundraising
AUGUSTA, Maine: Maine officials may be conducting an investigation of the Maine Same-Sex Marriage People's Veto (2009) fundraising tactics, after receiving an official complaint last week. The complaint was filed by Fred Karger, founder of Californians Against Hate, on August 25, 2009. According to the allegations, supporters of the Maine Same-Sex Marriage Veto are hiding campaign contributions. In the 9-page complaint Karger said groups like the National Organization for Marriage and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland, solicited contributions from individuals and in turn gave the money to Stand for Marriage - hiding the identity of the individual donors. Maine election law states that every donation, regardless of how small, must be listed.
The Maine Commission on Government Ethics and Election Practices will review the allegations and decide on October 1 if they plan to pursue an investigation.