Maine Rep Resigns Amid Campaign Spending Probe 

Republican state Rep. David R. Burns of Alfred has resigned following word that the attorney general will file formal charges against the lawmaker.House Speaker Robert Nutting of Oakland says Burns, a Republican freshman legislator, resigned following the completion of Attorney General William Schneider’s investigation into Burns’ alleged mishandling of Clean Election funds.The state ethics commission, Maine’s campaign finance oversight board, found in November that Burns falsified campaign spending reports and used money from the taxpayer financed Clean Election fund for personal purposes. The commission referred the case to the attorney general.Schneider’s office said Tuesday that he anticipates initiating formal charges against Burns next week. He did not elaborate.Burns earlier Tuesday referred questions to his attorney, William Logan, who did not immediately return a message.