Probe of Maine Legislative Campaign Spending Requested 

The Maine ethics commission staff is recommending an attorney general’s investigation into campaign spending by a legislator from Alfred.According to The Journal Tribune of Biddeford, the recommendation will gobefore the Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practiceson Nov. 30.An audit of freshman Rep. David R. Burns’ publicly funded campaign includes allegations of misuse of Clean Election Act funds, including falsified receipts and false expenditure claims.The ethics commission website says Burns was authorized to spend $9,066 in public funds for his election, and the audit report says he should repay $2,285. Burns, a Republican, represents House District 138.Burns’ attorney, William Logan, is limiting his response because the audit report’s been submitted to the attorney general. But Logan says many of the alleged violations can be explained. (The Associated Press).