Drudge Retort: The Other Side of the News
Monday, February 18, 2019

Former Gov. Paul LePage and his staff members paid for more than 40 rooms at Washington, D.C.'s Trump International Hotel during a two-year period, spending at least $22,000 in Maine taxpayer money at a business owned by the president's family. Documents recently obtained by the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram show that the LePage administration paid anywhere from $362 to more than $1,100 a night for rooms at the luxury hotel during trips to meet with President Trump or his inner circle, attend White House events or talk to members of Congress.

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I guess it wasn't just foreign nationals who were trying to influence Donald Trump by pouring money directly into his pockets, but of course in this case, it wasn't even their money, rather it came from the Maine taxpayers.

OCU

#1 | Posted by OCUser at 2019-02-18 06:40 PM | Reply

Wow!

There is no way regular government workers would ever be allowed to do that.

#2 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2019-02-18 09:39 PM | Reply

Main was stupid on that 1.

#3 | Posted by bat4255 at 2019-02-18 09:52 PM | Reply

Maine was stupid on that 1.

#4 | Posted by bat4255 at 2019-02-18 09:53 PM | Reply

Maine wasn't stupid except for when they elected LePage. He should reimburse the state for that waste of money.

#5 | Posted by danni at 2019-02-19 07:00 AM | Reply

Paul LePage, we have a warrant for your arrest!
--Shawshank Redemption, 2019 director's cut

#6 | Posted by catdog at 2019-02-19 09:27 AM | Reply

Main was stupid on that 1.

#3 | POSTED BY BAT4255 AT 2019-02-18 09:52 PM | REPLY

It's MainE. And thanks for posting it twice as well.

#7 | Posted by fishpaw at 2019-02-19 10:25 AM | Reply

Wow!

There is no way regular government workers would ever be allowed to do that.

#2 | Posted by BruceBanner

There is no way a "regular government worker" could make a deal to stay at another government employees hotel, house, motel or yacht, campground, beach or what-ever so that one employee would profit (greatly) from the arrangement. You are NOT allowed to profit from the arrangement.

IT IS NOT ETHICAL to profit off of the government or the taxpayer (other than by salaries/benefits, etc) for any reason. This just shows how far we have deviated from our basic ethical standards for working in the Government of,by and for the People...you are attempting to normalize greed and corruption in our Government.

Nicely done Comrade! Carry on!

#8 | Posted by donnerboy at 2019-02-19 01:54 PM | Reply

"you are attempting to normalize greed and corruption in our Government."

I'm sorry, what? Me?

#9 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2019-02-19 10:57 PM | Reply

I have had the government pay for my hotel room more often than I can remember. The regulations state, it has to be reasonable accommodations. A general gets about 350 a night for a room. A private gets to split a room with another private and caps out about 120 a night depending on the zip code. 22,000 is a lot for 40 rooms but is they had them for 5 days or more, It isn't in a nose bleed rent area like DC. The question should be what were all those folks doing while in Washington? Was it a junket? Or were they doing the state's business. I guess they could have stayed at a Motel 6 outside the beltway, but then security would be a serious problem.

#10 | Posted by docnjo at 2019-02-20 09:16 AM | Reply

Wow!
There is no way regular government workers would ever be allowed to do that.
#2 | POSTED BY BRUCEBANNER

$500 a day for hotel, food, travel and other expenses is not an outrageous budget for a business trip. Politicians typically spend more. A lot more.

#11 | Posted by JordyPete at 2019-02-20 09:26 AM | Reply

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