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LePage Team Turns Away Public Money 

Gov.-elect Paul LePage’s transition effort is turning down public money for its work and continues to collect private donations.John McGough, LePage’s chief of staff, says the transition team’s not accepting the $5,000 authorized in state funds because of the difficult economic times. Private donations have ranged from $50 to the maximum the effort is accepting, $9,500.Non-tax deductible donations from individuals, businesses and associations help fund the professional staff and overhead required to manage the transfer of power, as well as LePage’s Jan. 5 inauguration.The transition team says all contributions will be publicly disclosed.