- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 26, 2016

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Maine’s ethics commission will investigate Republican State Sen. Andre Crushing for allegations that he improperly shifted thousands of dollars among his political re-election and leaderships groups and his family company.

His sister Laura McIntyre had asked the Maine Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices to investigate.

Cushing has called his sister “disgruntled,” and has filed revised campaign finance reports. McIntyre filed an Oct. 13 lawsuit in Penobscot County Superior Court claiming Cushing misused family company assets.

The commission’s executive director Jonathan Wayne said the commission could investigate whether Cushing reported alleged transfers and if they exceeded contribution limits.

Commissioners also fined Progressive Maine $250 for not registering as a ballot question committee. The out-of-state group is supporting Democratic senatorial candidate Jonathan Fulford, who’s criticized the group’s $50,000 pledged spending.

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