Improving Maine's Law

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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.

 

Of chief concern are the use of "Leadership PACs" by Clean Elections candidates, and what some consider to be too low a threshhold of public support for receiving Clean Elections funding. It's encouraging to see that the legislature realizes the popularity and efficacy of the system (after all, most of them ran using it) and want to improve it, rather than scrap it. We'll be keeping an eye on the changes they decide to implement, and which could be guidelines for drafting Clean Elections laws to come!