Maine Citizens for Clean Elections

AUGUSTA, Maine - A lawyer says a typo in a state budget shouldn't hold up $3 million in public campaign funds owed to over 100 legislative candidates.

AUGUSTA, Maine  - An advocacy group says a higher percentage of Maine candidates are using public funds to run for office.

Maine Citizens for Clean Elections said that 62 percent of candidates are campaigning with public funds, up from 53 percent in 2014.

The nonprofit examined candidates' financial reports and found that candidates have raised 22 percent less private money than at this point in 2014. The group also found that donors giving $50 or less made up less than 7.1 percent of all contributions so far in 2016.

Maine Chamber Announces Opposition to Question 1

Oct 22, 2015
Tom Porter / MPBN

PORTLAND, Maine — The Maine State Chamber teamed up with a coalition of business leaders Thursday to announce their opposition to Question 1 on the November ballot, a statewide citizens' initiative designed to strengthen Maine's Clean Election Act.

AUGUSTA, Maine - A group proposing additions to the state's Clean Elections law is one step closer to getting its measures considered.

"Well, people were very enthusiastic," says Andrew Bossie, from Maine Citizens for Clean Elections. Bossie says that Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap has certified 80,000 signatures, about 18,000 more than necessary.

Mal Leary / MPBN

AUGUSTA, Maine - "Clean Elections" advocates have submitted what they believe are enough signatures to put a sweeping overhaul initiative before Maine voters in November.

AUGUSTA, Maine - A Maine group seeking to boost public funding for campaigns says that contributions from large donors in this year's governor's race have skyrocketed since 2010.

An analysis from Maine Citizens for Clean Elections says that Republican Gov. Paul LePage, Democrat Mike Michaud and independent Eliot Cutler have raised a total of $4.5 million from donors giving at least $500.

The group says that's up from $1.18 million from large donors over the course of the 2010 election cycle.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine Citizens for Clean Elections says a preliminary analysis of the contributions to the campaigns for governor show that fund raising has already exceeded the 2010 campaign, and that there has been a significant increase in the percentage of contributions from out of state.  

"We're seeing nearly five times the amount of out-of-state money pour into this race," says B.J. McCollister, a spokesman for the group. "That equals about 20 percent of the total funding for candidates - right around 4 or 5 percent in 2010."

Stung by the effects of a Supreme Court decision and the failure of the state Legislature to offer a remedy, Maine Citizens for Clean Elections is advancing a new proposal it says will give outspent candidates the money they need to compete in state races.  Under the plan, state funding to the program would increase by $1 million a year, and candidates would be allowed to access more money by collecting additional contributions. A.J. Higgins has more.