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Maine: Democratic chairman quits and party swears off out-of-state contributions

The Bangor Daily News reports: Maine Democratic Party Chairman Patrick Colwell, citing personal reasons but battling a campaign finance controversy, has announced he will step down from his post next month.

The resignation, which blindsided many of those attending Sunday's state committee meeting in Augusta, comes amid media scrutiny over whether the party's $10,000 donation to a U.S. Senate candidate in Rhode Island was part of an effort to skirt campaign finance laws. ...

The party's ruling committee also put forward rules on Sunday to prevent similar out-of-state contributions in the future, but it did not take direct action to remove Colwell, said Stanley Gerzofsky, a party executive committee member and state representative. -- Maine Democratic Party chairman resigns - Jeff Tuttle

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