Fighting big money in politics in 2024

Thursday, December 28, 2023
Anna Kellar

During the November 2023 election, a resounding 86% of Mainers supported Question 2! That means 86% of us support banning foreign government entities from spending in our elections and an anti-corruption amendment to the U.S. Constitution. 

We knew this issue reflected the values of Mainers across the state — but we didn’t know that it would break the record for the largest support for any referendum in Maine history! 

Now it’s up to our congressional delegation to work for that constitutional amendment, and up to all of us to hold them accountable to the will of the people. The monumental victory will need to be defended in court. We can’t stop here with this momentum on our side. 

Will you help us build on this victory? 

Mainers said loud and clear: we don’t want over $100 million in foreign government-controlled spending in our elections. 

Mainers are also showing that our elections can belong to the people. As we head into a presidential election that will undoubtedly break all spending records, it’s more important than ever that we champion alternatives like Clean Elections.

In Portland, for the first time, candidates could use Clean Elections to run for local office. More than half of the candidates ran Clean, including all of the winners for City Council, and the total spending was down significantly! In its first year, Clean Elections was a big success, and we’re excited to make the program even better for voters and candidates next year. 

Will you consider a gift today? Your support means we can continue to champion a government of, by, and for the people at every level. 

When the legislature comes together this January, Maine can lead by passing the nation’s first-ever Clean Elections program for District Attorneys and Sheriffs. These law-enforcement positions are increasingly the target of big-money campaigns. The justice system must be above any suspicion of corruption!

Fighting for Clean Elections in our communities, defending our wins in court, and building the momentum for a US constitutional amendment are all part of the strategy that puts our democracy truly in the hands of the people!

But we can’t do it without you. Whether it’s a one-time donation of $50, $100, or $500 or a monthly donation of $10 as an “Of, By, For Advocate”, it all helps.

Thank you for your support in this crucial time for our democracy.

Anna Kellar
Executive Director
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