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Orono Town Council Passes Resolution to Support amendment to Citizens United

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The Orono Town Council voted 5-1 to support a a a resolution to limit campaign spending at the Town Council Meeting on Monday, February 11th

On election day a group of Orono citizens collected 521 signatures of Orono citizens calling for “limiting the influence of special interests money in our politics and government by supporting a US. Constitutional Amendment that would allow us to regulate the raising and spending of campaign funds and keep our government accountable to the people, not corporate and wealthy donors”. The signature gathering was part of a statewide effort by Maine Citizens for Clean Elections garnering more than 11,000 signatures which were delivered to the Maine State Legislature on January 22nd.

A resolution was submitted to the Orono Town Council by Ron Davis and Sam Jenkins in December. The Orono Town Council held a hearing on January 14th on a proposed resolution urging limits on campaign spending with an amendment to Citizens United. The hearing was attended by 25 who stood in support and seven of those spoke in favor of the resolution. This was followed by a council committee discussion on January 23rd resulting in a plan to submit a revision for the vote on February 11th.