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.
"Furthermore, the law is rooted in Maine values — grassroots campaigning, direct accountability and accessibility to those who seek your vote. Candidates spend their time with voters at festivals and fairs, going door to door, and walking in parades.
"The system allows candidates to get out of back rooms and into their communities."