PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — Republicans in northern Maine have raised $2,300 in online contributions so the state can buy a disputed labor mural from the federal government.

The Aroostook County Republican Committee this month launched a website to raise $60,000 so the state can take ownership of the art work.

The U.S. Department of Labor says the state should return federal money used to create the mural because Gov. Paul LePage violated terms of the federal grant used to pay for it when he had it removed from the state Labor Department headquarters.

Committee Chairman Hayes Gahagan says $2,300 has been donated so far in online contributions. More contributions have been received in the mail, but he didn’t know the amount.


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