Lengthy, detailed article on William Dowling, with a focus on potential conflict
Lengthy, detailed article on William Dowling, with a focus on potential conflicts of interest brought about by his dual role as mayor of Augusta and chief operating officer of Harper's Development Company. Acting in both capacities, Dowling helped arrange for the State of Maine to distribute almost $400,000 in federal funds so that the City of Augusta could grant that money to Harper's. The city bought a high-tech telephone switch that would allow Harper's to secure a five-year lease worth $700,000 from Access Worldwide Communications, a Florida-based call center operator. Legal oversight of the process was virtually nonexistent, and the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development is now reviewing the Access deal. Harper's is owned by some of Governor John Baldacci's chief campaign contributors, including Severin Beliveau, political fundraiser and lobbyist; John Orestis, former Lewiston mayor; and Chris Harte, former president of the Portland Press Herald and Maine Sunday Telegram. Part one of a three-part series.
Conflict of interests, Harper's Development LLC, Mayors, Baldacci, John E, Dowling, William
Tapley, Lance, "Lengthy, detailed article on William Dowling, with a focus on potential conflict" (2005). Maine News Index – Portland Phoenix. 2104.
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