Article questioning the ethics of Governor John Baldacci's upcoming trip to Asia
Article questioning the ethics of Governor John Baldacci's upcoming trip to Asia, which will be funded by private interests such as lobbyists and campaign contributors. From October 27 to November 3, Baldacci is leading 29 officials and business people to Japan and South Korea in hopes of attracting interest in Maine products. The trade mission will cost $175,000, a large part of which will be paid for by taxpayers, according the to the Maine International Trade Center. The 10 private concerns covering Baldacci's expenses are all represented on the trip. Karen Baldacci, the governor's wife, will be traveling as well, with her expenses being covered even though she has no state-employee status. David Farmer, the governor's spokesman, says the financial arrangements are justified because the trip will support Maine businesses and help grow the state's economy. Details.
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Tapley, Lance, "Article questioning the ethics of Governor John Baldacci's upcoming trip to Asia" (2007). Maine News Index – Portland Phoenix. 3297.