Estate Developer Pulls out of Casino Referendum, Won't End State Investigation

Published: Sep. 1, 2017 at 8:20 AM EDT
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A Miami real estate developer who served as a conduit for funding for a referendum to build a casino in Southern Maine is pulling out of the effort, but that won't end a state investigation.

The Maine Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices vetoed 5 to 0 to continue investigating the sources of $4.3 million used to put the casino proposal on the November ballot.

Executive Director Jonathan Wayne tells toe Portland Press Herald that Lisa Scott's Announcement has no bearing on an investigation into her campaign finance reporting.

The commission is issuing subpoenas to two companies that have loaned millions to political action committees set up by Scott.

She's the sister of Shawn Scot, a gambling entrepreneur behind the successful referendum to create a racetrack casino in Bangor.

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