- Associated Press - Friday, April 8, 2016

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Supporters of a proposal to create a casino in southern Maine spent more than $2.9 million on the failed effort, making it one of the most expensive referendum efforts in state history.

Lewiston-based Olympic Consulting, which is run by former state lawmaker Stavros Mendros, was paid more than $760,000 for the failed petition effort, according to the Sun Journal (https://bit.ly/1TGMM8l ). Another company hired to collect signatures, Cheyenne, Wyo.-based Silver Bullet Group, was paid $1.1 million.

All of the campaign’s cash came from a single donor, Lisa Scott, a Miami-based real estate developer, according to a report filed with the Maine Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices by the campaign’s treasurer, Augusta lobbyist Cheryl Timberlake.

All of the money was raised and spent since January, the report said. The quarterly report filed on Thursday indicated a cash balance of $302,424.

Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap said the campaign fell short of submitting the necessary 62,123 voter signatures to qualify for the November ballot.

A judge upheld the decision on Thursday.


Information from: Sun-Journal, https://www.sunjournal.com

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