- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 25, 2016

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - GOP senators are calling for a special ethics hearing after Democrats alleged two Republican senators received thousands in fraudulent travel reimbursements from taxpayers.

Democratic Sens. John Patrick and Justin Alfond alleged Monday that travel reimbursement records show Republican Sens. Andre Cushing and Ronald Collins received a combined $5,500 in reimbursements for expenses already paid for by independent groups or campaign donors.

The alleged double-dipping date back to campaign finance reports that Cushing filed this year and Collins filed in 2014.

Collins and Cushing said they don’t believe they’ve broken any rules but want a bipartisan committee to review the facts, a sentiment echoed by Senate President Michael Thibodeau.

Alfond, the departing Senate minority leader, also said Democrats haven’t investigated all reimbursement requests filed by Maine’s 35 Republican and Democrat senators.

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