Our Staff

Maine Citizens for Clean Elections (MCCE) is a nonpartisan organization that works in the public interest to advocate for, increase public support for, defend and improve the Maine Clean Election Act and related campaign finance law.

We are the only group working exclusively to monitor, improve and defend Maine's landmark Clean Election law to allow more Mainers the opportunity to serve; to give Maine voters more choices; and to keep elected officials accountable to voters.

MCCE leverages the commitment of its volunteer members with limited paid staff to carry out the work of the organization. A dedicated group of members agree to serve on MCCE's Board of Directors to ensure that MCCE's mission is served.

John Brautigam, Interim Executive Director

John Brautigam is an attorney and consultant with over 25 years of experience in campaign finance and election law, public policy, advocacy, and legal representation.  From 2004 to 2008 he served in the Maine legislature and was House Chairman of the Insurance and Financial Services Committee.  Prior to his tenure in the legislature John served as Assistant Attorney General. He previously served as legal counsel successfully defending the constitutionality of the 1996 reforms to Maine campaign finance laws, including the Maine Clean Election Act.  John holds a law degree from Stanford Law School where he was appointed Executive Editor of the Stanford Law Review.  He earned a BA in Government from Wesleyan University and an MA in History from Trinity College.

 

Anna Kellar, Program Director

Anna Kellar joined MCCE in August 2014. Anna grew up in Maine, and has experience in grassroots organizing and local political campaigns, including running for the state legislature as a Clean Elections candidate. Prior to joining MCCE, Anna worked with Catholic Charities to help newly arrived refugees in Maine. Anna has a bachelors degree in Political Science from Yale and a Masters in Conflict Studies from the London School of Economics. Her experience with democracy and anti-corruption campaigns in Eastern Europe and Central Asia makes her all the more committed to preserving and strengthening Maine's first-in-the-nation Clean Elections program.