Ethics commission staff members want the attorney general to investigate a freshman legislator’s campaign spending, which an audit found included falsified receipts and false expenditure claims.
That recommendation, along with findings from audits in two other 2010 legislative races, will go before the Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices on Nov. 30.
An audit of Rep. David R. Burns’ publicly funded campaign resulted in allegations of misuse of Clean Election Act funds.
PPH reports “Order prohibits dying prisoner from last goodbye.” “During the final days of her life, a prisoner with terminal cancer was prohibited from saying goodbye to her son. In the days leading up to Mary Hoskins’ death, her attorney, Andrew Ketterer, was preparing to file a motion with the district attorney’s office to have the no-contact provision reversed. But, it was too late.” View entire article, click here.
Related article. Video tape on Andrew Ketterer as a member of the Ethics Commission will be posted soon. When you see his demeanor, you can come to your own conclusion.
PPH OPINION: “Secretary of State Summers disingenuous on voting laws.” The author is “disappointed in the Maine Legislature and particularly in Secretary of State Charles Summers for the recent modifications they have made to Maine’s voting laws.” He goes on to say “It is disingenuous of Mr. Summers to make these assertions, while in the background we have to listen to Maine Republican Party Chairman Charlie Webster gloating that these new rules will “keep liberals and socialists from stealing elections” and “as such, it is reprehensible, and Secretary Summers and our representatives in the Legislature should be ashamed of themselves for participating in this charade.”
PPH OPINION by Ben Grant, the chairman of the Maine Democratic Party. “
“If you want to get really honest, this is about how the Democrats have managed to steal elections from Maine people,” Mr. Webster said in an interview with Portland Press Herald columnist Bill Nemitz. “Many of us believe that the Democrats intentionally steal elections.”
Before any further discussion of the issue, I think it is critical that the people of Maine hear my response: This is unequivocally false.
So, my central message is this: Whether you are a Democrat, Republican or unenrolled, it is not the government’s ballot box to give and take like some kind of reward.
That’s not how freedom works. It’s your ballot box, and your Election Day. In our civic religion, there is nothing more sacred.
The LePage Republicans may think that Election Day registrants are just lazy, or they may think that making it a little harder to vote is an acceptable response to Charlie Webster’s fact-free mythology.
The Maine Democratic Party thinks otherwise. We believe in policy that advances the great causes facing Maine. We believe in a vigorous public square, where the issues are raised and debated by citizens and legislators alike.
We believe in a responsive, respectful citizen’s government that works for the people it represents.
In the past 30 years, there have been only two convictions of voter fraud in Maine. What’s more, when pressed, Mr. Webster could not provide evidence to support his accusation.”
NOW, my comment and I can provide evidence to support voter fraud in Maine and the refusal of those in authority to act, per their oaths, duties and obligations is reason why there are slim convictions in Maine.
In February 2004 I was a candidate in a special election held in Biddeford, Maine during the administrative of (now former) Governor John Baldacci (D).
I want to note that the relationship between my opponent and I is amicable.
Letter to Julie Flynn, Deputy Secretary of State. During the tenure of (now former Secretary of State) Matthew Dunlap (D).
Letter to Leanne Robinson, Asst. A.G. (I also hand delivered one to her)
In October 2005 when a Journal Tribune newspaper article “Ethics commission investigates anti-Beaudette postcard” was published I contacted a State Representative. I explained that Dan Rogers had “helped out” with my campaign in Biddeford, 2004 special election. I was not contacted to testify, but would welcome the opportunity to do so before the commission. I had evidence that pointed to him as the creator of the “postcard.”
At first, I thought my opponent may have had something to do with the post card because of his inaction of a closed door executive session involving my mother’s home. He stated that it is illegal to give out quit claim deeds in executive session. (He was not a city councilor at that time, but was later a sitting city councilor on the Coordinating Committee which I went before over this issue.) I took the advice of the State Rep. and immediately contacted the Director of the Ethics Comm., Jonathan Wayne. I told him of my concerns and evidence I had involving Dan Rogers. I also told him about my formal complaint, filed February 9, 2004, to Julie Flynn, Deputy Secretary of State and Atty. Gen. Stephen Rowe, Leanne Robinson (I later learned her last name is Robbins) demanding a full investigation into the fraudulent election held in Biddeford in February 2004, ballot tampering and mail tampering and that no action had been taken on my complaint. I offered to testify at the Commission hearing on November 9, 2005 and that I would welcome that opportunity. Not only did the commission need to hear evidence on Dan Rogers, but also needed to hear of the violations of Maine election laws which occurred in this special election. I was scheduled to testify at the November 9, 2005 hearing.
November 4, 2005, I received a phone call from Mr. Jonathan Wayne, Director of the Ethics Commission regarding the upcoming hearing on November 9, 2005. As he danced around his explanation of the commission’s upcoming hearing, he was trying to politely tell me that I would not be testifying, although he wanted me at the hearing in case “Dan Rogers lied.” Then I would be called to testify. I felt like I was being used by the commission to achieve their goal – to nail Dan Rogers. (Rogers did confess to mailing the “post card.”) From my conversation with Jonathan Wayne, I gathered that Atty. Phyllis Gardner (an Asst. A.G. who represents state agencies and works in the A.G.’s office) was advising the commission against my testimony. I explained to Mr. Wayne that my intention was to testify at the hearing and that it’s the duty of the commission to hear my testimony. He stated that there would be lots of media there whom I could speak with. I told him I intended to do so, but I also intended on testifying. He stated that he knew that I had issues with Clairma Matherne, Biddeford City Clerk, but that this hearing was not about that. This hearing involved Dan Rogers who helped out with my campaign in a Biddeford election in which Mrs. Matherne was of great importance. Rogers’ statements to me regarding Matherne (telling her he was a Democrat and she was all excited, etc. and I thought he was a Green Party member, being adamant about my not going to the polling place at 8:00 p.m. to inspect the absentee ballots received during the day) was also relevant to Dan Roger’s integrity and character. Mr. Wayne asked if we could meet with just him in the afternoon about this matter. I feel like this is another “Biddeford behind closed doors again.” Mr. Wayne did not permit my testimony. Mr. Wayne protected corrupt Biddeford officials, hindered an investigation, and obstructed justice with the help of Atty. Phyllis Gardner who protected her “clients” the Secretary of State’s Office, her boss, A.G. Stephen Rowe and Asst. A.G. Leanne Robbins who maliciously prosecuted volunteers who worked on my campaign.
To note, former A.G. Andrew Ketterer sat on this commission. I video taped the hearing and Ketterer is a must see!
NOTHING WAS DONE ABOUT THE BALLOT AND MAIL TAMPERING BY ANYONE IN AUTHORITY WITHIN MAINE STATE GOVERNMENT!
Unless, and until, there is accountability and oversight of state agencies, including constitutional officers, what can we expect from Augusta!
And where was the “concerned” media?
“Oftentimes these days the state involves itself much earlier under the auspices of caring for people, even those who still have a responsible support network. With doctors stating these individuals need assistance, the state takes it upon themselves to appoint a Guardian ad litem – someone who is supposed to be responsible for the welfare of the individual in question. This guardian tends to be someone who makes the responsibility of guardianship their business, profiting from their court-appointed positions. The problem with this kind of court-sanctioned “control” of another individual is, it tends to give guardians too much power to protect the guardianship, for the sake of making money, rather than serving the interests of the clients, whose welfare the whole process was supposed to be about in the first place.”
“According to a recent article by the Houston Chronicle regarding a General Accounting Office (GAO) study, “Federal auditors uncovered hundreds of allegations of physical abuse and mistreatment by guardians of the elderly and disabled in 45 states … Nationwide, complaints about guardianships are common, but no one centrally tracks or investigates abuse, the GAO found.” “The GAO report states that in the 20 matters they focused on they found, “guardians stole or otherwise improperly obtained more than $5.4 million in assets from 158 incapacitated victims.”
A case that has the potential of becoming such a story is that of Carolyn Rousseau from Grants Pass, Oregon. View “Guardians Gone Wild?”
This case, and the Yarmouth Maine case, are nightmares! How do these “guardians” sleep at night?
While Carolyn is kept in “Foster care” against her will, Nancy Doty is unlawfully and fraudulently conveying Carolyn’s real and personal property into Nancy Doty’s possession, without Carolyn or Corey’s consent or authorization, as claimed in Court documents.
According to court documents and first hand witnesses, Corey and Carolyn have Federal court cases STILL PENDING AND ACTIVE naming Nancy Doty, her attorneys and judges as defendants, but Nancy Doty and the Oregon state judge[s] are proceeding forward at state level regardless that the case[s] has been removed to federal jurisdiction pursuant to USC Title 28 § 1442-1447 where it states in part………”unless and until it is remanded back to state court state court cannot proceed forward”………….
This means that ALL ORDERS from state court, especially orders signed by a judge named as a defendant in a federal case still PENDING, are null and void with no force and effect., as state court lacks personam and subject matter jurisdiction, therefore has no standing, and are subject to being in contempt of federal court and wherein Corey and Carolyn may have cause to further request for sanctions against Nancy Doty, her attorneys and any state judge that proceeded forward knowing the case is in in federal jurisdiction, pursuant to court records.
Oregon state court orders signed while Corey and Carolyn’s case(s) are in federal jurisdiction include, but not limited to; the arrest of Corey, theft and fraudulent conveyance to Doty of Carolyn’s car, fraudulent conveyance of Carolyn’s free and clear real property, theft of personal property in the premises that was fraudulently conveyed by Nancy Doty with her attorneys aiding and abetting in the blatant fraud against Carolyn and Corey, according to witnesses and court documents.
Corey and Carolyn are husband and wife through common law marriage, whether or not that is recognized by Oregon is moot point as it is recognized in the eyes of God, the originator of all common law.
This ongoing legal battle is chivalry at its’ finest. Corey is a man who has been fighting daily for several years to protect his wife, Carolyn, against all odds and against the corruption of those abusing their power to keep these two apart after fifteen years together.”
The ”fax letter is from Carolyn, in her own writing, showing she is being drugged against her will, to prevent her from testifying that Nancy Doty, [NANCY DOTY INC] of Portland Oregon, and her attorneys are intentionally and fraudulently conveying Carolyn and Corey’s assets into Doty’s name, while federal court cases are still pending, as documents on file and witnesses testimony support.”
“Numerous court files, in and on the record, and also several documents that somehow were inadvertently removed from court files though by unknown persons and unknown means, have been reviewed which supports all statements reported by first hand witnesses to this reporter.
Corey, through persistence and perseverance, will continue to fight to get his wife, Carolyn, released from the talons of these corrupt vultures.
It seems the longer Nancy Doty and Oregon State Hospital keep up this charade, the more evidence supporting fraud keeps floating to the surface.
One wonders, why did did so numerous patients die in the first place?
How did all those patients die? Why were the patients remains cremated, was it to hide evidence of questionable medical ethics violations?
If 3,500 patients cremated remains are UNCLAIMED, could it be that there are 3,500 OTHER families out there who have also been fighting to get their family members back but were kept from knowing where that family member was secretly kept?
If these patients remains have not been claimed, then is Oregon State Hospital claiming the Social Security and Death Benefits of these individuals, to date?
Has Oregon State Hospital tapped into other Federal Reserve and US Treasury Accounts in these patients [upper case] names set up through the past approximately two hundred years by the International Banks and is Oregon State Hospital investing these funds without the family members knowledge or consent?
Hopefully by exposing Carolyn’s’ personal handwritten letter that she is being drugged against her will and in fear for her life, supported by other evidence not yet released pending the Federal Cases, others who may have been looking for their family members may now be able to find them, in a canister, in the dark ,cold, lonely dungeon, at Oregon State Hospital, with 3,499 other John and Jane Does’.”
Oregon State Hospital leader resigns; state releases report on patient’s death.
Of interest, and related, see this New Hampshire story.“Baby bones mystery: Case still unsolved 25 years later.” Twenty five years have passed since a Somersworth couple cracked open the lock on an old Steamer trunk left with them in the 1960s and found the decomposed remains of five infants. With that discovery came a police investigation into a case that remains unsolved today.”
Why is it that when the little guy seeks truth and justice, he (she) is determined “incompetent” or has “mental problems?” With the ongoing abuses, brutalities and atrocities being perpetrated against people by officials/caretakers, it begs an answer to the question ”who is really incompentent or mentally ill?
“Judge Gone Wild?” “Carolyn Rousseau has officially been stripped of everything; her friends; her family; her home. In a country whose Constitution mandates, in part, that the People be “…secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects …”, the pillaging of the helpless appears to be underway. You see, those who are deemed by a court of law to be incompetent aren’t afforded rights, or at least that’s how it appears in court-appointed guardian cases.” “Here is a woman who is being held by the state as mentally ill, and therefore incompetent, and the judge determines she is competent enough to understand the workings of the court, but not competent enough to make her own health and financial choices!”
The point of this article is that we have one woman who is being held by the system against her will in a Yarmouth nursing home, facing the same situation and our officials are allowing it. Taking advantage of the elderly, and the taxpayers, is big business for the DHS. It’s a travesty of justice when the courts and elected officials rubber-stamp the abuse and thievery! It’s a public scandal when elected officials participate in the bilking of its citizens and shield the vultures in their administration.
Attention was brought to (now former governor) John Baldacci, (and U.S. Senators Susan Collins, Olympia Snowe, (now former A.G.) Stephen Rowe) on May 13, 2003 and May 21, 2003 regarding DHS……nothing was done and the offer ignored! I retract, DHS Commissioner Kevin Concannon left his position. A few days later, Mr. Gessow left his position and followed Concannon to Iowa. Evidence warrants a full investigation into the Maine and New Hampshire Departments of Human Services!
Not only are the elderly deemed incompetent or mentally ill. These labels are used against good people who question or bring forth governmental corruption to those in authority. It’s a good “tool” used by officials to take the “spotlight” off themselves. Such was the Bill Miller case in New Hampshire. He left documents at the Farmington Town Hall, with the clerk, and asked that the resignation of Farmington Police Chief, Scott Roberge, be brought before the Board of Selectmen. Two days later he was falsely arrested for threatening the Chief. The Chief did not file a complaint. Billy was placed at the Strafford County Jail in the “booking department” and stayed there for 17 days where he was administered mind-altering drugs. He was deemed incompetent and placed into the state’s mental hospital where the drugging continued. One year and 8 months later, Billy was found “NOT GUILTY.”
See also e-mail to former Governor John Baldacci from a State Representative. The name blacked out to prevent retaliation against this person.
Isn’t “an attack against one of us and attack against all of us?”
”Guardians Gone Wild? State-sanctioned thievery at its sickest” by Ron Lee, Investigative Journalist echos of the ongoing elder abuse in Maine.
The GAO report states “guardians stole or otherwise improperly obtained more than $5.4 million in assets from 158 incapacitated victims” and Maine “is not untouched by this rampant pilfering of incapacitated peoples’ assets.” This is not an exception, it’s the norm.
Despite Maine’s attempts to convince the public that it will protect the elderly from crimes and abuse, elder abuse in Maine marches on. The Committees, Public Hearings and Study Groups are as phoney as the officials who have served on these forums.
I am aware and have personal knowledge of a current case of elder abuse ongoing at a nursing home in Yarmouth. The elderly mother is being held against her will, is being drugged and the daughter has been denied her right to see her own mother! The DHS has entered the picture and has taken “custody” of the mother. This is outrageous! The mother wants to return to her home, the daughter had home health care in place and the interference by DHS has created a horrific nightmare for this family. There are attempts to “take” the mother’s home. Nursing home officials are angry because the daughter took pictures of the mother.
As with the Carolyn Rousseau case, the level of Maine’s involvement, “especially that of the current court-appointed guardian, is most definitely suspect.” The DHS’s “continual commitment means a paycheck through the pilfering and sell-off” of this woman’s home. Justice, compassion and healing aren’t the reasons they are holding this woman hostage. Not one official in this state would assist the daughter with this most serious matter. Yet, when something happens to them or their loved ones, how quickly action is taken and individuals held accountable!
I can personally relate to the nightmare this daughter faces. My mother was held against her will, tied to a bed, so heavily sedated that she did not awaken for weeks. After Private Investigator Phil Castora took pictures of my mother, hospital staff tried to confiscate his camera and film, to no avail. I fought the “guardian” scheme and the attempts to steal my mother’s home, but the theft of her home eventually happened with the help of City of Biddeford officials, behind closed doors.
I fought elder abuse in the State of Maine for years. In 1996 York County District Attorney Michael Cantara was appointed to a Study Group on prosecution of crimes against the elderly. In October 1996 I attended a Public Hearing headed by Attorney Cantara in which I presented numerous issues involving crimes against the elderly. No action was taken by him, by legislators, the Attorney General, nor the Governor. Michael Cantara’s interest was climbing the political ladder. In 2003 Governor John Baldacci nominated him for Commissioner of the Department of Public Safety. He was then elevated to the bench and sits in the York County courts.
Our persistance and determination did result in a meeting with Asst. A.G. Paul Gauvreau in 1998. However, the meeting yielded no action. Of the numerous legislators contacted, Senator Judy Paradis spoke with Paul Gauvreau and accepted his decision to cover up these abuses, atrocities and brutalities.
Elder abuse is but one layer of the onion. Holding the elderly hostage for life-long “care” in nursing homes, placing restrictions on peoples’ lives, isolating them from years of friendships and familiar surroundings, stealing their homes and forever changing their lives is a PUBLIC SCANDAL!
These are facts the public deserves to know, as well as the threats against decent, honest and law-abiding citizens by (former) Attorney General Andrew Ketterer. Contrary to David Lauren, Esq. no investigation was ever conducted on any matter brought to Maine’s Attorney General(s).
If things don’t change in Augusta, Baby Boomers Beware!
“A new class of Maine lawmakers swept into office on Election Day and are making waves of change in the State House. When the Legislature convenes Dec.1st they will cast secret ballots to select Maine’s next attorney general and for the first time since 1980, the state’s top attorney is expected to be a Republican. Ever since Richard Cohen held the post 30 years ago, the office has been held by a succession of five Democrats — most recently Janet Mills. One potential nominee is William Schneider, a former state representative from Durham.
Mainers should not expect a major overhaul in personnel or the way the office does business, for two major reasons. First, Maine has a long-standing tradition of independence in the Attorney General’s Office. It’s the only state in the country where the attorney general is elected by secret ballot in the Legislature. Secondly, most of the day-to-day work within the Attorney General’s Office is not political in nature. Each attorney general brings his or her own areas of interest. Richard Cohen had a keen interest in the criminal division.”
Section 1. Oaths and subscriptions. Every person elected or appointed to either of the places or offices provided in this Constitution, and every person elected, appointed, or commissioned to any judicial, executive, military or other office under this State, shall, before entering on the discharge of the duties of that place or office, take and subscribe the following oath or affirmation: “I, do swear, that I will support the Constitution of the United States and of this State, so long as I shall continue a citizen thereof. So help me God.”
“I do swear, that I will faithfully discharge, to the best of my abilities, the duties incumbent on me as according to the Constitution and laws of the State. So help me God.”
If the new majority wants to regain the public’s trust, they must remember who sent them to Augusta and why. The people must remain vigilant and the new leadership must exercise due diligence of their office and oaths. The evidence of a pattern of violations of oaths, violations of law and violations of our rights and liberties extend beyond decades. Connect the dots……