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Our Upcoming Bill: Corporate Contribution Ban

Corporate political influence can crowd out the wishes of voters and warp the legislative process. It can reduce voter confidence that their votes count and that elections matter. It can also perpetuate private sector inefficiencies by allowing an unearned competitive advantage for companies and industries that have the power to influence public policy. And it can exacerbate inequalities between the haves and the have-nots. Learn more and take action

 

Testimony:


February 3, 2021

An Act To Limit Political Advertising

Summary: Concept draft on limiting excessive advertising.

Testified as MCCE. Position: Neither for nor against

PDF of MCCE testimony

Recording of this Public Hearing


February 3, 2021

An Act To Define the Term "Unenrolled Political Action Committee"

Summary: Bill allowing unenrolled members of the Senate and House to elect a leader to designate an unenrolled action committee to promote the election of unenrolled members.

Testified as MCCE. Position: Neither for nor against

PDF of MCCE testimony

Recording of this Public Hearing

 


A Guide to Civic Engagement in Maine

Getting Involved

Maine Citizens for Clean Elections (MCCE) is a community made up of volunteers who fight to make sure our government works for the people, not just moneyed interests.

You can support our activities by joining our Rapid Response Team, which takes action on pressing issues facing the people of Maine. MCCE makes taking action easy, providing you with the information you need to write letters to the editor and contact your lawmakers.

The Rapid Response Team tackles a wide range of issues, including lobbying for continued support of the Clean Elections Fund; campaign finance reform; ranked choice voting adoption and expansion.

 

Rapid Response Team Tactics

 

Stay Informed

People have lives outside of politics, and it is sometimes hard to remain up-to-date and educated on all the issues. A few good news sources are the Bangor Daily News and Mainepublic.org. You can always email MCCE or browse our website to learn more about specific topics of interest, too.

MCCE's Testimony Archive will give you some helpful information on our organization's stance related to proposals related to the Maine Clean Elections Act and other campaign finance law. 

 

Lawmaking Resources

There are a number of resources that allow you to get to the heart of government: laws and the legislative process. Thankfully, there is readily available information both on Maine's laws and legal resources and on how Maine state legislators work and how the legislative process progresses. More generally, there is plenty of information to be found online about the Maine State Legislature and Legislative Session.

You can look up information on bills and track them. You can even search bills and roll calls (how individual lawmakers voted on specific bills).

 

Contacting Your Legislator

A call or email can help hold legislators accountable and push them to consider the opinions of their constituents, especially in a small and tightly-knit state like Maine.

We recommend that volunteers call their representatives, since calls are far more effective and harder to ignore. See below for some basic tips on calling your legislator:

  • Introduce yourself, say where you’re from, make it clear that you are a constituent.
  • Stick to the point and keep it brief, but provide a few details.
    • Be ready to voice your opinions on the relevant issue.
    • If addressing a specific bill, reference the bill name and number.

 

Find your Legislator

The following pages provide the contact information of Maine state representatives and include tools to help you find your legislator:

Maine Senate

Maine House of Representatives

Maine Governor

 

Additional Voter/Citizen Info

Here are a few additional resources for potential and active volunteer advocates to be aware of:

Voter Information: This page provides information on voter rights, eligibility, and how to register to vote in the state of Maine.

Voter Guide: MCCE's partner, the League of Women Voters of Maine, produces a voter information guide ahead of each election.