March 27, 2012
For Immediate Release
Brannigan’s Shalom House Received Undisclosed $98 million from DHHS while Brannigan chaired key committees to direct funding
Augusta – The Maine Republican party today called on Senator Joe Brannigan to release his personal financial information regarding his position as executive director of Shalom House at the same time he served as chair of the Maine Legislature’s Appropriations and Health & Human Services Committees.
“We were shocked to see, of all people, Senator Joe Brannigan at a press conference attempting to support the Maine Democrats wild-eyed cover-up conspiracy theory about DHHS,” GOP Chairman Charlie Webster said. “The fact that Brannigan never publicly disclosed that he was cashing in on taxpayer funding of Shalom House by DHHS while he was chairing the Appropriations and Health & Human Services committees – essentially voting to secretly pay himself with tax dollars – is the real cover up.”
The Maine Republican party is demanding the immediate publication of all financial documents from Shalom House during the time that Brannigan served as executive director. Including Brannigan’s salary, employment benefits and any other financial benefits or incentives Brannigan may have received.
A January 2012 report by the Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting revealed that Shalom House received $98 million in state funding while Brannigan was chair of the Health and Human Services & Appropriations Committee.
The same report also indicated that Brenda Harvey, former DHHS commissioner under Gov. Baldacci, was also benefiting from funding from the state. Harvey’s husband David Lawlor ran Mobius Inc., which received more than $15 million in state funding while she was commissioner. This income was also not disclosed by Harvey during her time as Commissioner under Baldacci and the Democratic majority.
“If there is one thing I could say about Senator Brannigan, it’s that he really has some nerve,” said Mike Quatrano, executive director of the Maine Republican party. “It’s hard to believe that the press and the Maine Democratic party would think Brannigan’s statements could even pass the straight face test.”
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