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Maine AG to Probe Allegations Against Anti-Wind Group
04/15/2014 04:37 PM ET  

Maine's Attorney General is investigating a conflict of interest complaint involving the group "Friends of Maine's Mountains" - allegations members of the group categorically deny.

Maine Attorney General Janet Mills will investigate allegations that two current board members of the group "Friends of Maine's Mountains" engaged in conflict of interest transactions and personally benefitted at the expense of the corporation.

The non-profit was formed in 2009 to oppose windpower development. According to a court order authorizing the investigation, two former board members raised allegations about Rand Stowell and Chris O'Neil in February.

Attorney General Mills declined to comment for this story, but the order suggests that Stowell and O'Neil may also have manipulated the board's makeup and voting process to advance their interests.

O'Neil, who serves as public service director for Friends of Maine's Mountains, categorically denies that he or Stowell acted to gain personally and financially through the corporation.

"We use top-notch lawyers to vet the actions of the corporation," O'Neil says, "and this is not going to be a surprise to the attorney general to find out that all of our t's and all of our i's have been crossed and dotted."

O'Neil says he's still waiting to get materials from the Attorney General, but the complaint appears to have been brought by an individual O'Neil describes as disgruntled.

This story was reported and written Susan Sharon and Ed Morin.



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