- Associated Press - Monday, June 30, 2014

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Gov. Paul LePage has acknowledged meeting with individuals associated with a conspiracy group, saying he meets with many constituents but that doesn’t mean he agrees with them.

Liberal activist Mike Tipping writes in his new book that the Republican governor met eight times with people associated with the sovereign citizen movement. It was in the news last year when people aligned with the group’s anti-government views were accused of conspiring to kidnap a Las Vegas police officer.

Federal authorities regard sovereign-citizen extremists as domestic terrorists.

Democratic House Speaker Mark Eves called the group a “real and present danger.”

A LePage spokeswoman told the Portland Press Herald that Tipping and Democrats “have stooped to ridiculous levels” to attack the governor during the campaign and called the latest “an all-time low.”

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