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The arrests are the final result of a two-month investigation that led law enforcement to conduct a search of two properties owned by Cutler earlier this week. Cutler was released on 50,000 bail in Hancock County Jail and was due to appear in court on Monday. Each of the four counts carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison. District Attorney Matthew J. Foster said additional charges are expected to be filed against the prominent Democrat.
Cutler previously worked in the Carter administration with the Office of Management and Budget in the 70’s. He also served in the office of Maine Sen. Ed Muskie, a Democrat. In addition, Cutler ran as independent for governor of Maine in 2010 and 2014.
In recent years, Cutler has given grants to several high-profile Democrats. The Maine GOP noted that disgraced Democrats Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, and Barack Obama have given multiple grants to the presidential campaign. In addition, Cutler has reportedly made donations to Democratic politicians in Maine, as well as to Democratic parties in the states of New Hampshire, Wisconsin, Ohio, Colorado, Iowa, Virginia, Nevada, and Florida.
Following Cutler’s arrest, Jason Savage, executive director of the Maine GOP, called on Democrats to return those who received grants from Cutler. “Elliott Cutler is a staunch supporter of the Maine Democratic Party and has traveled to elite Democrat circles for decades,” Savage said in an email statement. “His beneficiaries across the country need to repay his grant immediately. It needs to start in Maine today. “
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