Ethics Commission to Seize Maine Casino Backers' Financial Records – Casino.Org News

Maine’s ethics commission has voted to subpoena the personal financial records of Lisa Scott, the backer of a contentious casino project that politicians have accused of attempting to deceive the state’s voters.

Controversial casino entrepreneur Shawn Scott is believed to be behind the bid to establish Maine’s third casino, in York County. The committee wants to look into his sister Lisa’s personal account to see exactly where the money to fund the casino campaign came from. (Image: Bangor Daily News)

In the forthcoming November ballot, state residents will be asked to decide whether the proposed casino, which would be the state’s third, should be authorized.

Scott, a Florida property developer, was listed as the sole director and financier of a $4.2 million signature-gathering campaign that was ultimately successful in getting the question on the ballot.

But the commission wants to look more closely at the source of the campaign’s funding. Amended filings it received from the campaign in April, after the referendum had been attained, showed it had in fact been partly bankrolled by a complex web of offshore companies, a violation of the state’s disclosure laws.

Scott claimed in her defense that she did not understand the reporting requirements.

Loaded Question

Scott’s campaign, Horseracing Jobs Fairness, claimed its mission was to safeguard the employment interests of the horseracing industry, but the question that will appear on the ballot appears to be tailored to benefit one person only, Lisa Scott’s brother, Shawn.

It will ask voters whether a casino license should be granted to: “…an entity that owned in 2003 at least 51 percent of an entity licensed to operate a commercial track in Penobscot County that conducted harness racing with pari-mutuel wagering on more than 25 days during calendar year 2002.”

Shawn Scott, a casino entrepreneur based

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