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Vaccine Foes Raising More Money Than Supporters As Vote Looms

AUGUSTA, Maine - A group that wants to overturn Maine's law eliminating religious and philosophical exemptions for vaccinations has raised more than three times more money than supporters of the law. Campaign finance reports indicate Mainers for Health and Parental Rights raised $203,988 in contributions and loans to press for rejection of the law in a statewide referendum on the March 3 ballot.

Maine Families for Vaccines PAC reported raising $58,098 for its effort to keep the law. Lawmakers removed the exemptions last year amid a spike in whooping cough cases in the state.