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Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) of Massachusetts

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state lawmaker has agreed to pay a $1,500 civil fine for improperly soliciting donations from Massachusetts banks while he was co-chairman of the Legislature's banking committee. After a September 1998 meeting in his Statehouse office, State Rep. Philip Travis, D-Rhoboth, asked officials from US Trust to give money to the tribe, the commission said. When employees later said the bank had decided against making a donation, Travis left voice mail messages saying, "It doesn't sit well with me, and I certainly will remember this particular incident," the agreement signed by Travis shows. "Time, manner and place matter when public officials solicit donations for charity," Ethics Commission executive director Peter Sturges said in a statement. "Legislators may not solicit donations for charity in their Statehouse offices from persons working in an industry that they regulate." Travis also solicited charitable donations from Fleet Bank, BankBoston and Citizens Bank while he was banking chairman.