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Maine lawmaker called out for allegedly having ties to 'anti-Muslim hate group'

A Maine lawmaker is in the spotlight for allegedly having ties to what some call an "anti-Muslim hate group.” (WGME)

AUGUSTA (WGME) – A Maine lawmaker is in the spotlight for allegedly having ties to what some call an "anti-Muslim hate group.”

The Southern Poverty Law Center is an organization that tracks hate groups.

They say via email, Republican Representative Heather Sirocki solicited support for the governor's bill from ACT for America, which they claim is an anti-Muslim hate group.

Sirocki says she didn't reach out to them, they called her and exchanged emails claiming they supported her sponsored bill and wanted to attend her press conference.

However, the emails show Sirocki reached out to them, writing, "Good news, yesterday, the governor agreed to submit a governor's bill to prohibit FGM. Stay tuned."

Now, Sirocki says that bill was drafted and written months ago, she says that ACT for America is an anti-radical Muslim group not an anti-Muslim group.

She says her bill is aimed at helping young girls from child abuse.

CBS 13 reached out to the Southern Poverty Law Center to request a comment on the emails they published but have not heard back.

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