On Friday, June 22, the Ethics Commission distributed a memorandum announcing that the Governor had declined to sign routine financial orders to release money to candidates from the Maine Clean Election Fund. As a result, payments to candidates certified to participate in the Clean Election program will be reduced to 20% - 25% of the amount they qualified for. The Clean Election Fund has sufficient cash to pay candidates the entire amount for which they qualified, but the governor's refusal to authorize the release of funds prevents the use of that cash.
On Friday, June 28, our partners at Maine Citizens for Clean Elections took the governor to court.
On August 2, 2018, Judge Stokes issued his opinion, and it's a victory for Clean Elections, for the rule of law, and for a democracy that respects the will of the people.
On August 7, 2018, the LePage administration announced that it would not appeal. Funds began flowing to qualified candidates that same day. See MCCE's press release, August 7, 2018.
You can read the court documents for yourself and follow the action below. It's powerful stuff.
The League is deeply committed to reforming our nation's campaign finance system to ensure the public's right to know, combat corruption and undue influence, enable candidates to compete more equitably for public office and allow maximum citizen participation in the political process.
The League of Women Voters was a founding member of the coalition that worked to gather signatures to pass the Maine Clean Election Act in 1996. And we were again a lead partner in the successful ballot initiative to restore Clean Elections in 2015.
Candidates are qualifying for 2018 Clean Elections right now!
Support the candidates of your choice with a $5 qualifying contribution to the Clean Election Fund at the Maine Ethics Commission website.
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