Monthly Archives: August 2012

Qualifying for Clean Elections

I’m very pleased to announce that I have qualified as a clean elections candidate.

Thank you very much to everyone who contributed to the Maine Clean Elections Fund on my behalf, and everyone who helped collect clean elections checks.

I’m looking forward to a good, clean campaign.

Maine Clean Elections Act

I strongly support clean elections and believe that the Maine Clean Elections Act is a model for the rest of the country.

This Act establishes a voluntary program of full public financing of political campaigns for candidates running for Governor, State Senator, and State Representative. Maine voters passed the MCEA as a citizen initiative in 1996.

As a clean elections candidate, I promise not to raise or spend outside funds on my campaign. I have raised $500 privately in “seed money” and will receive an additional $3,937 in public funding. This will be the entire amount available to run my campaign.

In 2010, significant amounts of money were spent by special interest groups to influence the election here in Brunswick. As  a clean elections candidate, I received matching funds which allowed me to counter this influence.

Unfortunately, in 2011 the Supreme Court struck down the matching funds portion of clean elections laws throughout the United States in Arizona Free Enterprise Club’s FreedomClub PAC vs. Bennett.

As a result, during this election cycle I will receive no additional funds to counter the influence of outside special interest groups. I expect both liberal and conservative special interest groups will spend money to try to tip the election toward the Democrat or the Republican in the race. As a Green Independent, I’m very unlikely to receive any attention from special interest groups.

Despite this, I remain committed to the idea of clean elections. For Maine voters to regain the right to have a clean elections law with a matching funds provision, the United States constitution would need to be amended to overrule the Supreme Court.