Advocates mark 10 years of Maine Clean Elections Act

Posted Oct. 12, 2010, at 3:42 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Advocates who helped to pass the Maine Clean Election Act are marking the 10th anniversary of the system, which provides public financing for gubernatorial and legislative candidates who qualify.

Alison Smith, co-chairwoman of Maine Citizens for Clean Elections, says a statewide tour is under way to reconnect to Maine voters who authorized the law. The tour plans to visit all 16 counties before it wraps up. This week, advocates will visit Kennebec, Somerset, Penobscot, Hancock and Waldo counties.

The tour comes as taxpayer-financed systems are targeted by lawsuits in Maine and other states.

In Maine, only one candidate for governor — Democrat Libby Mitchell — is receiving Clean Election funding.

The system has proven to be popular with legislative candidates from both major parties, with about 80 percent using it.

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