Cutler Files Investigation Records Released

Screenshot from The Cutler Files

In response to a Freedom of Access request from several journalists, the Maine Ethics Commission has just released a stack of documents related to their investigation into the Cutler Files website, including memos sent from staff to commissioners and hand-written notes from interviews conducted with a wide range of political figures.

In sending the information, Commission Executive Director Jonathan Wayne cautioned against releasing the documents widely due to "the risk that people will misinterpret them for political motivations or simply for the pleasure of taking a shot at a public figure or political party."

He also added a caveat to the content of an investigative memo sent to the Commissioners.

[I]n the October 17 investigative memo to the Commissioners, I included a working theory concerning the Cutler Files website (pages 2-3 of the memo).  At the time I wrote the memo, Dennis Bailey and Thom Rhoads declined to be interviewed in depth, so the memo necessarily contained some speculation which was so noted for the Commissioners.  Having completed the investigation, I would say now that my description may have overstated the involvement of the Scarcelli campaign in the research that Thom Rhoads conducted at home.  So, please be aware of that as you read the October 17 memo.

 

A December 16 memo sent by Wayne is probably the best summary of the investigation.

All the documents are available below in PDF format. Now that they've been made public, I believe that they are best provided in as accessible and comprehensive a way as possible. For more context, see some of my previous writing on the subject and look for stories at the Lewiston Sun Journal, Maine Today Newspapers, Bangor Daily News, on MPBN and from journalist and blogger Colin Woodard in the near future.

 

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Patsy Wiggins notes 11022010.pdf65.92 KB
Dennis Bailey notes 9132010.pdf334.98 KB
Shawn Moody notes.pdf45.94 KB
Dennis Bailey notes 12012010.pdf895.11 KB
Jesse Connolly notes.pdf146.08 KB
Arden Manning notes 12162010.pdf86.56 KB
Redmond notes.pdf69.61 KB
Thom Rhoads notes 12142010.pdf795.71 KB
Questions for Dennis Bailey 12.01.2010.pdf34.13 KB
Topics to Ask TR.pdf6.44 KB
Confidential Memo for 10.20.10 Meeting.pdf107.42 KB
Investigative Memo - Confidential.pdf278.28 KB
Memo - Shawn Moody Interview.pdf28.29 KB
Determination - FINAL.pdf359.42 KB