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In early December of 2015, casino developer Shawn Scott and his sister Lisa Scott were ready to launch the ballot initiative that will appear as Question 1 on ballot on Tuesday. But first, they needed a name for the campaign committee.

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Gambling developer Shawn Scott’s campaign to convince Mainers to approve a casino at an undisclosed location in York County began nearly two years ago with over $20,000 in refunds for bus tickets, airfare, rental cars and hotel rooms.

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Three of the four political action committees supporting a controversial casino campaign have failed to meet Monday's deadline to file updated finance reports with the state. 

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A slow response to subpoenas and disputes over documents could delay the investigation into the controversial campaign seeking to convince voters to support a casino in York County.

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Staff for the Maine Ethics Commission is recommending an investigation into a shadowy casino campaign designed to benefit a controversial gambling developer.

The Augusta lobbyist who testified on behalf an offshore investment firm run by a controversial casino developer now says he made a mistake.

Back in March, attorney Dan Riley told the Legislature’s Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee that he had been hired by Bridge Capital, an investment firm located in the Mariana Islands. Shawn Scott, who could benefit from a casino referendum set to appear before voters in November, is a partner in the firm.

AUGUSTA, Maine -  The Maine Ethics Commission is looking into the finances of a controversial casino campaign backed by an offshore investment firm.

The backers of a controversial ballot campaign to build a casino in York County had little to say during at a public hearing being held at the State House Wednesday. However, the hearing did reveal that an offshore investment company with a checkered history is backing the proposal. 

The leading Democrat and Republican on the Legislature’s Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee had hoped a public hearing on the York County casino referendum will help answer several questions about the campaign and a gambling developer who has left a trail of litigation in his past.

State lawmakers are considering a move that could draw the backers of a controversial casino proposal out of the shadows.

The leading Democrat and Republican on the Legislature’s Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee say they hope a public hearing on the York County casino referendum will help answer several questions about the campaign and a gambling developer with a checkered past.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine Republican Gov. Paul LePage says greed is behind a well-funded proposal to build a new casino in southern Maine that has qualified for the ballot in November.
 
The governor said on WVOM-FM on Tuesday Maine doesn't have the "critical mass'' to support a third casino alongside Bangor and Oxford casinos. LePage has criticized the campaign's past efforts and says the proposal will hurt Maine's economy.
 

A secretive campaign that’s already spent over $3 million in an attempt to convince Maine voters to ratify a casino proposal in southern Maine has qualified for the November ballot.