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Maine House speaker calls on legislator to resign over alleged fraud


A lawmaker in the House of Representatives is being asked to resign over allegations that he violated Maine’s Clean Election Act during his 2022 campaign.

Representative Clinton Collamore

Rep. Clinton E. Collamore, D-Waldoboro, was indicted last month on multiple charges of aggravated forgery, unsworn forgery and violations of the Clean Election Act, according to the Dec. 15 indictment filed in Lincoln County Superior Court.

House Speaker Rachel Talbot Ross, D-Portland, issued a statement Tuesday afternoon through her spokesperson, Mary-Erin Casale, asking 62-year-old Collamore to resign.

“In light of these allegations, the Speaker of the House requests Rep. Collamore to resign immediately,” the statement said. Casale said Ross would have no further comment on the matter.

The charges came to light Tuesday when Jonathan Wayne, executive director of the Maine Commission on Governmental Ethics, issued a memo to committee members about allegations of election misconduct involving Collamore and Matthew Toth of Sanford, a failed Republican candidate for House District 143 Toth eventually withdrew. as of the November 2022 general election. Both matters are planned to be presented to the Maine Ethics Commission at the January 30 meeting.

Wayne said that about 200 candidates for the legislature participate in the Maine Clean Election Act program each election year. To be eligible for public campaign funds, candidates must collect qualifying contributions or QCs of $5 from at least 60 registered voters in their district and submit them to the committee’s office no later than April 20 of the election year. The contributor must give $5 in the form of check, cash or online payment and sign a form acknowledging that they contributed with their personal funds. The submitter must sign the form.

In the course of their investigation, committee staff verified that Toth and Collamore forged several contributors’ signatures. Collamore received more than $14,000 in Maine Clean Election Act funds.


After finding irregularities, the commission referred both cases to the Attorney General’s Office for further investigation. The AG’s office sought and obtained criminal charges for both candidates, Wayne said.

This story will be updated.

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