This year's election cycle is almost upon us, which means candidates will be running via public funding — or not. If you know who's running in your district, and there could be a variety of races for several seats, urge them to run a clean campaign. If you have a preferred candidate, consider making a $5 contribution so that they can qualify for the Maine Clean Elections Act.
Not sure where to start? Here are some simple steps to help:
- If you're not sure who your current legislators are or you're not sure what your House and Senate district numbers are, use this link to look up this information.
- Visit the Maine Ethic's Commission website to see who's currently running for office in your district.
- Once you know who's running in your town, click on the candidates to explore their profiles. You can discover their financial type and whether or not they're running clean through the Maine Clean Elections Act (MCEA) or "traditionally" — not clean.
- Each candidate's profile will list their email address and/or phone number. Send them a quick message and urge them to run clean in 2022. It's important that candidates listen to their constituents, not big spenders and corporate donors.
- If you have a preferred candidate and want to make a $5 qualifying contribution to their campaign, click here to get started.
Tax Season is Here: We know, we know — it's the most exciting time of the year. While you're filling out your tax forms, you can do something quick and easy to help boost Clean Elections. On the Maine Income Tax Form, Line 1, you should check a box to designate $3 to the Maine Clean Election Fund. This helps to finance the election campaigns of qualifying Clean Election candidates. Learn more here.
*Note: the Clean Election check-off is on Line 1 of the Maine income tax form. It will NOT increase your tax bill, and it will NOT decrease your refund. Check Yes for Clean Elections.