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Dave Sherwood

Dave Sherwood

Dave Sherwood is a staff reporter for Pine Tree Watch, a nonpartisan, nonprofit investigative news service focused on Maine state government and institutions and operated by the Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting. Email: dave@pinetreewatch.org

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Bill limiting PAC expenditures becomes law

Bill limiting PAC expenditures becomes law

AUGUSTA — A bill that bars lawmakers from paying themselves or businesses they own from political action committees under their control has become law. The bill, An Act Regarding Political Action Committee Expenditures, passed unanimously through both the Maine House...

Report: Lottery doesn’t target low-income Mainers

Report: Lottery doesn’t target low-income Mainers

AUGUSTA — There are too many variables to determine conclusively which Maine municipalities and counties spend the most per capita on lottery tickets and no evidence that the state’s $231 million lottery has targeted the poor in its marketing, a study released Friday...

Value of quasi-state electricity program called into question

Value of quasi-state electricity program called into question

Part 1: Five years after a scandal at the Maine Turnpike Authority landed its director in prison, a quasi-state program — Maine PowerOptions (MPO), which brings together municipalities, school districts and other state nonprofits to purchase electricity in bulk — lacks transparency and effective oversight.

State program’s cozy relationship to supplier raises concerns

State program’s cozy relationship to supplier raises concerns

Part 2: Both a confidential state probe and a subsequent independent investigation by the Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting, including a review of a confidential agreement between Maine PowerOptions and its electricity supplier, raise questions about whether the quasi-state program is living up to its original mission of saving Maine taxpayers money.

Boston PowerOptions is a larger, more transparent version of MPO

Part 3: Several northeastern states, including New York, Connecticut and Massachusetts, have formed groups similar to Maine PowerOptions. Boston-based PowerOptions runs an organization nearly identical in mission to the Maine program, though far larger in scale — and with more transparency.

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