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Lewiston Men Testify Before Maine Ethics Panel
12/05/2013 03:13 PM ET  

Peter Robinson and Stavros Mendos are accused of misreporting campaign contributions in a failed 2011 bid for a Lewiston casino.

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) _ A Maine ethics panel is hearing from two Lewiston-area men who are suspected of misreporting campaign contributions in a 2011 bid for a casino.

Peter Robinson and Stavros Mendos are testifying before the Maine Ethics Commission Thursday. The two formed political action committees for the failed Lewiston casino initiative.

The panel says that they falsely reported the source of more than $400,000 in out-of-state campaign contributions. The panel wants to fine the men.

Robinson and Stavros say if they did violate campaign finance laws, they didn't know they were.

The Portland Press Herald reports that the panel found that the funds were donated by Maryland companies with casino industry ties and an Oklahoma businessman who also was involved with gambling.



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