Money in Politics Series

About the Series

The Money in Politics Project is a series of thirteen reports about the role and effect of money on Maine politics. The reports combine a review of publicly available campaign finance data with on-the-ground analysis of how money influences Maine's elections, government, and public policy. Maine Citizens for Clean Elections launched this project because money in politics is an issue of vital concern to the people of Maine, one that goes to the heart of our democratic system.

Report #1: PACs Unlimited

How Legislator PACs Distort Maine Politics.
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Report #2: Profiles in Fundraising

The Leader Board: Maine's Top Legislative Fundraisers and How They Earned Their Spots.
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Report #3: Money, Insurance, and Health Care Policy

How Health Insurance Companies' Campaign Contributions Helped Them Win Major Legislation.
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Report #4: Preliminary Report on 2012 Campaign Money

Private Money Making a Comeback in Maine Elections.
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Report #5: 2012 Legislative Elections

An Analysis of Clean Election Participation and Outcomes.
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Report #6: Tracking the Money

Private Money Surges in Maine's 2012 Legislative Races.
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Report #7: GMO Labeling in Maine

Will the GMO industry's investment in Maine politics will be enough to overcome the support for making Maine the first state to require GMO labeling?
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Report #8: Tobacco Policy

How political contributions from tobacco companies and their allies tilt the playing field in the Maine Legislature.
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Report #9: Tax Reform: The Sequel

How Tax Reform Opponents Use Systematic Campaign Giving to Bolster Their Side in this Perennial Fight.
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Report #10: The First Look at 2014 Gubernatorial Fundraising

Private Money from Wealthy Contributors Dominate the Campaign.
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Report #11: The Shell Game

How Independent Expenditures Have Invaded Maine Since Citizens United.
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Report #12: Focus on BETR/BETE

Does Campaign Cash Help Explain the Survival of a "Risky" Tax Refund Program?
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Report #13: 2014 Legislative Elections

An Analysis of Clean Elections Participation and Outcomes
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Report #14: 2016 Legislative Elections

An Analysis of Clean Elections Participation and Outcomes
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