BDN reports “A veteran state legislator has used a campaign fund designed to help other Democratic candidates run for office to buy tires, pay for car repairs, reimburse himself for travel and pay his wife and daughter for computer services and keeping his books.
Of the $31,179 spent by Sen. John Tuttle’s political action committee since 2008, 55 percent — $17,251 — has gone to himself, family members and expenses related to them and only 30 percent to help other Democratic candidates.
Much of the money in the John Tuttle For Leadership PAC comes from lobbyists and special interests, including the liquor and gambling industries.”
Tuttle is “the Senate chairman of the Legal and Veterans’ Affairs committee” which “has jurisdiction over important areas of Maine law such as liquor sales, gambling, election laws, campaign practices, campaign financing and the Clean Election Act.”
“Tuttle’s PAC has received contributions from liquor interests” and “gambling interests.”
“If reforms are proposed to the state’s leadership PACs, any bills will go before the legislature’s Legal and Veterans Affairs Committee — the very committee which, if he wins re-election to the Senate, John Tuttle could well return to lead.”
“Tuttle has represented the Sanford area in the legislature for 28 years as both a House and Senate member. He is running for re-election against Republican candidate David Woodsome of Waterboro, a retired teacher.”
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