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luckyleftyme2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-07-12 11:01 AM
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I received an e-mail that was short and to the point; and I must say it seems to be the way the other side plays.
We've all seen it. Republicans continually manufacture fraud to push legislation that's bad for Maine families. Voter fraud, welfare fraud, unemployment fraud ... no stone is left unturned while Republicans hunt down innocent Mainers with imaginary allegations.

But now, when actual cases of fraud surface within their own party, Republicans refuse to acknowledge its existence and rush to the defense of their rank and file members.

In November, the Maine Ethics Commission found Representative David Burns (R-Alfred) guilty of "mind-boggling" ethics violations. Burns used taxpayer money from the Maine Clean Elections Fund as his personal piggy bank and then forged receipts to cover his tracks. Instead of calling for his resignation immediately after the ruling, Republican leadership stood by Burns and allowed him to collect a month's salary, funded by the same taxpayers he ripped off.

A similar story is currently playing out next door as evidence mounts against State Treasurer Bruce Poliquin, who's now under investigation by the attorney general for unconstitutional business dealings, ethics violations and tax fraud.

Republicans like Poliquin do a good job of blaming the working poor and Maine's middle class for our state's financial woes. Yet allegations show he is most likely exploiting a tax credit for sustainable forestry so that he pays only $30.53 a year in property taxes for 10 ocean-front acres next to his $1.8 million mansion.

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