Midcoast Peace & Justice Group
committed to positive change through non-violent action
In 1995 a group of organizations and concerned citizens came together with a goal in mind - break the ties between wealthy special interests and our elected leaders. The Maine Citizen Leadership Fund brought together key players such as the Maine AFL-CIO, AARP, Maine Council of Senior Citizens, Maine People’s Alliance, Maine Common Cause, the League of Women Voters, Peace Action Maine and the Dirigo Alliance into a unified effort to pass the first in the nation program for public financing of elections - The Maine Clean Election Act. Hundreds of volunteers from the groups worked to gather signatures to put the MCEA on the ballot. In 1996 Maine voters passed the MCEA by a significant margin.
Learn about the Maine Clean Elections Act (MCEA), by which more than half of our legislators answer only to their constituents and never have to spend any time raising money while in office. Women, young people, democrats, republicans, and non-affiliated candidates have all participated and a great majority win elections. Two supreme court decisions favoring corporate and other big money speech has made it necessary to improve and strengthen MCEA. There are three excellent bills in the present legislature plus a resolution bill to overcome Citizens United v. FEC.
Important Clean Election Bills in the 126th Maine State Legislature
The U.S. Constitutional Amendment Resolution
Maine Legislature Joint Resolution calling for a U.S. constitutional ammendment overturning the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision Full Text of the Resolution Text of MTA Proposed Amendment Legislative Info. about Constitutional Amendment Resolution
Update - On April 30, 2013, the Maine Legislature passed the resolution for a U.S. Constitutional Amendment to overturn the Supreme Court's Citizen's United decision. See details John Nichols: As Maine Goes...
Read the Maine Citizens for Clean Electtions Report on 2012 Maine Elections
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