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Will Sens. Collins and Snowe Side With Common Sense Transparency or Mitch McConnell?

Talking about her retirement to Businessweek in June, Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) said of the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision:

NEW REPORT: PACs Unlimited: How Legislator PACs Distort Maine Politics

Our friends at Maine Citizens for Clean Elections (MCCE) are out with a new report: "PACs Unlimited: How Legislator PACs Distort Maine Politics," which finds that "vast sums of big money flow through PACs controlled by legislators. These PACs exist for the purpose of advancing personal interests and party agendas, and big donors contribute to these PACs for the purpose of shaping the legislative agenda and assuring access to legislative leadership.

Rep. Chellie Pingree: Recovering Democracy After Citizens United

In an op-ed today, Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) speaks out against the U.S. Supreme Court's Citizens United decision and advocates for the Fair Elections Now Act.

Rep. Pingree, an original co-sponsor of the legislation, notes how the Fair Elections-style system in her home state of Maine has seen success and how that could translate to a better, more inclusive system on the federal level:

Why Maine Should Value Clean Elections

With advocates currently working to bolster the Maine Clean Elections system, many have taken the opportunity to speak out about the value and success of the system.

Wells Lyons, an attorney in Portland, has an article in the Portland Daily Sun today defending the system and arguing the benefits of Clean Elections are far-reaching:

The Chronicles of Money, Politics, and the Lockout That Didn't End This Week

Here's a round-up of Public Campaign and Public Campaign Action Fund's work for the week of July 25-July 29, 2011.

Bipartisan Op-ed in Maine Makes the Case for Keeping Clean Elections Intact

The landmark citizen-initiated Maine Clean Elections law has come under attack this legislative session. There have been various attempts to undermine, and in some cases repeal the wildly popular program. Those attempts have so far been thwarted, and an op-ed in the Bangor Daily News yesterday by two former Maine lawmakers hammers home the point that the law should remain intact.  

From the op-ed:

NEW POLLING: Maine Voters Overwhelmingly Want to Keep Clean Elections Program

In a poll released today by Maine Citizens for Clean Elections, more than eight in 10 Mainers say it is important to keep Clean Elections on the books in the state.

Maine Clean Elections Law Should Stay Put

Maine Senate President Libby Mitchell (D), a gubernatorial candidate, thoughtfully defends the state's Clean Elections law in the Waterville Morning Sentinel.

"Maine voters created the system to reduce the influence of money in politics, and it has worked. Clean Elections candidates are free from special-interest contributions.

Maine gubernatorial candidate shows why Clean Elections system is model for other states

The Boston Globe (online) has a story on Maine State Senate President and gubernatorial candidate, Libby Mitchel (D), and the Clean Elections system in the state.


“If I qualify, there will be no more fund-raising and I will spend every waking hour campaigning around the state,’’ Mitchell, a Democrat who serves as state Senate president, promised the dozen attendees in Bangor. “I’ll never ask again. When you see me coming, you won’t have to run.’’


Young People and Clean Elections

The millennials, those of us who grew up in the 1990s and 2000s got a lot of attention in the 2008 election cycle. Yes we were excited about the 2008 election, but were we actually going to cast our ballot on Election Day?