June 24, 2018
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MCLU files suit challenging election rules on behalf of Cutler Files creator

The Associated Press

PORTLAND, Maine — The Maine Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit challenging state election rules on behalf of one of the creators of a political website that took aim at a candidate in last fall’s gubernatorial campaign.

The complaint in Cumberland County Superior Court was filed on behalf of Dennis Bailey, a political consultant who was fined $200 by Maine’s election commission for his role in the “Cutler Files” website that was critical of independent Eliot Cutler.

MCLU Legal Director Zachary Heiden said the website was a political blog that would have been exempt from reporting its expenses had it been a newspaper, broadcast station or other media outlet. Heiden said Maine’s election rules requiring Bailey to disclosing his identity were a violation of free speech.

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