Maine Green candidate opts for private funds

Posted Feb. 03, 2010, at 10:03 a.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — The Maine Green Independent Party candidate for governor says she’s decided to forgo public funding for her campaign in light of tight state finances and will seek private funds instead.

Lynne Williams is the only Green in the campaign and had been one of nine seeking to qualify for campaign money from the taxpayer-financed Clean Election fund.

Williams said Wednesday that while she supports the concept of public funding for gubernatorial elections, she can’t accept public money now that might be better used to help people in real need.

With the state facing a $438 million budget shortfall, Williams believes the Legislature is poised to dilute the campaign fund and has made it harder for candidates to qualify.