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Two Aroostook County Democrats want LePage investigated over blogger’s allegations

Spotted this story the other day and wanted to share it.

Two Democratic lawmakers from Aroostook County are asking the Legislature’s Government Oversight Committee to investigate whether Gov. Paul LePage threatened to withhold state funds in 2013 from the World Acadian Congress unless its president stepped down.

Reps. Roland “Danny” Martin of Sinclair and Robert Saucier of Presque Isle sent a letter Tuesday requesting an investigation by the Office of Program Evaluation and Government Accountability, the watchdog agency that reports to the oversight committee.

Their letter details allegations in a blog post last week by liberal activist Mike Tipping of the Maine People’s Alliance that LePage said he would withhold $500,000 in state funding for the 2014 World Acadian Congress unless then-board president Jason Parent stepped down.

The World Acadian Congress is an international festival celebrating Acadian culture that takes place every five years, most recently in 2014 at locations in northern Maine and eastern Canada.

Read more of this Portland Press Herald story by Eric Russell: http://www.pressherald.com/2015/07/28/democratic-lawmakers-want-lepage-investigated-over-alleged-abuse-of-power/

Maine committee seeks $250,000 for Acadian Congress | Bangor Daily News

Committee seeks $250,000 for Acadian Congress | Bangor Daily News

U.S. Consul General in Quebec to assist World Acadian Congress organizers | Bangor Daily News

World Acadian Congress in Maine garners support of French consul general | Bangor Daily News

World Acadian Congress in Maine garners support of French consul general | Bangor Daily News

Acadian Congress chooses executive director | Bangor Daily News

Acadian Congress chooses executive director | Bangor Daily News

World Acadian Congress effort on Web | Bangor Daily News

World Acadian Congress effort on Web | Bangor Daily News

The direct address for the feature on the World Acadian Congress can be found at: www.preservationnation.org/issues/heritage-tourism/survival-toolkit/hosting-the-2014-world-acadiam-maine.html.