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  • Anonymous

    Thank you to the GOP for not spending any more taxpayer money!  I believe it was Democrat Senator Bill Diamond who said the Clean Election fund deserves no new funding.  Well done!  

    • Guest

      That’s a great idea !!!!! This way there will be more taxpayer money available for the lobbyists to spend. I see your point! 

  • It is only Clean Election Laws that curb the ability of those with money to buy a seat.

    Without curbs on campaign spending, legislators must resort to pandering to contributors rather than serving those who elect them.

    I’m running for the House seat in OOB and I’ll run clean regardless. I’ll be damned if I will ever be asked to pay back a contribution with my vote.

    Ideas and ideals should win elections, not war chests.

    • You have summed it up pretty well.  For more about today’s vote, and about exactly who voted to start dismantling our first-in-the-nation Clean Election law, see my longer comment, below.

  • Guest

    That does not suprise me at all. The Republicans have never wanted clean elections ! Why would they want them now ?

  • kcjonez

    I look forward to reading the roll call for this vote.  I will lobby against anyone who votes for it without reasonable amendments to protect the integrity of our clean election process.  Mainers voted in no uncertain terms that we want clean elections in our state and this ALEC fueled attempt to usurp the law we passed can not be tolerated.  

  • Anonymous

    Unions are NOT people.

  • Anonymous

    Nothing like dirty elections.

  • Anonymous

    Welfare for politicians!  Nothing more than that!  All political donations should be taxed!

  • The Maine state senate’s vote on the “do nothing option” to gut Maine’s vital Clean Election law was an absolutely straight party-line vote.  Every Republican state senator voted to start dismantling Clean Elections.  On the other hand, every Democratic state senator voted against harming Clean Elections in this way, as did the one independent state senator.  If you go to the State of Maine legislature’s website, you can look it up — it is senate roll call vote 365, taken March 8 on LD 1774.

    And then some Republican senators have had the brazen gall to pretend that their gutting of Clean Elections was actually a vote in support of Clean Elections.  That doesn’t remotely pass the straight-face test.  All but one (Richard Rosen) of the Republican state senators present voted in favor of killing Senator John Patrick’s amendment that would have fixed the damage (senate roll call vote 364, taken March 8).  All but one Democrat (Bill Diamond) voted not to kill this amendment, which was modeled exactly on a proposal from our state’s non-partisan Ethics Commission. The senate’s lone independent also voted not to kill Sen. Patrick’s amendment.

    The Republicans are hoping the public won’t understand these votes, and won’t connect them with the deeper issue of wealthy special interests buying influence over our elected officials via big campaign contributions.  Above all, they are probably hoping voters won’t connect the dots and think about today’s votes as they decide who to vote for in November.

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