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Will Maine Lead the Way?

On November 4th, Maine voters elected 158 Clean Elections candidates to serve in the next session of the General Assembly. That's 85 percent of lawmakers free from the influence of special interest campaign contributions.

Yesterday in Maine, Public Campaign Action Fund member Dorothy Many asked in a letter to the editor whether Maine Sens. Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins will show leadership in pushing the Maine Clean Elections model for Congressional races.


Clean Elections candidates win nearly 400 seats.

Clean Elections programs expanded in this week’s election as voters in six states showed their approval of the system that gives citizens greater authority of their government. At least 376 Clean Elections officials were elected on Tuesday, and that number could grow as more election results are determined. See the full release here.



Debating Clean Elections

It’s down to the wire and candidates on both sides of the political aisle are trading barbs on corruption and campaign contributions.

Voters First

Hey, Maine's District 1, stop hogging the Clean Elections supporters! Seriously though, we put out a statement today on the high level of support for the Voters First Pledge, and full public financing of campaigns, among congressional candidates in the district in the wake of a dust-up between two candidates -- both supportive of Clean Elections -- over campaign fundraising. Read more about what's going on here.

Pingree Signs

Two years ago as President of Common Cause Chellie Pingree was asking candidates to sign the Voters First Pledge and commit to supporting full public financing of congressional campaigns. Now, as a candidate for Congress from Maine, where Clean Elections was passed in 1996, Pingree is signing on to Public Campaign Action Fund's 2008 Voters First Pledge. We look forward to seeing many more candidates take this pledge.



Millionaire's Decision

The Federal Election Commission (FEC) has agreed to hear arguments on the so-called "millionaire's amendment" to the Bipartisan Campaign Finance Reform Act (BCRA, aka McCain-Feingold). The millionaire's amendment exempts candidates facing wealthy self-financing opponents from certain federal campaign contribution limits established in BCRA.

Work for What Works

You may be familiar with the work of Jim Hightower, a writer, commentator and co-editor of The Hightower Lowdown. Hightower is a longtime proponent of Clean Elections, and in this article featured on AlterNet he paints a vivid contrast between the pay-to-play political culture of Washington, DC and the voter-driven politics of empowerment working in cities and states with Clean Elections.


Improving Maine's Law

This article in the Kennebec Journal covers a series of proposals being considered by Maine's legislature to improve its landmark Clean Elections law, passed in 1997, to respond to activities that transpired in the 2006 election that suggested some tweaks to the system might be in order.


Opposites Allied

Edgar Bronfman Sr., former CEO of Seagrams, and Deborah Simpson, a former waitress and current Clean-elected state legislator in Maine co-author this editorial in the Philadelphia Inquirer on why they support Clean Elections. It's an excellent read.


Maine Op-Ed Celebrates Clean Elections


George Christie, Public Campaign board chairman and former campaign director for Maine Voters for Clean Elections published the following op-ed in the Maine Sunday Telegram on April 30. The paper did not post the piece on its website, so here it is in its entirety: