A $10,000 Error

The Maine Association of Realtors PAC was fined $10,000 earlier this week by the Maine Ethics Commission for failing to report two mailings sent in support of Republican state senate candidates until 20 days after the expenditures were made.

The PAC's executive director blamed an administrative error, but the timing of the expenditures and the reporting led the ethics commission staff to recommend the maximum fine. The commission agreed.

Here is one of the pieces sent - this one in support of former Senator Lois Snowe-Mello, who lost to Democrat Deborah Simpson by 108 votes.