Washington, DC, November 4, 2015—Yesterday, Maine voters approved a ballot measure that will increase penalties for candidates who violate the state’s campaign finance laws. The measure, which updates the 1996 Maine Clean Election Act, will also increase the amount of public funds disbursed to candidates running for state legislator or governor who agree to forgo private donations.
“The National LGBTQ Task Force Action Fund joins campaign-finance reform advocates in Maine and across America in celebrating this significant victory. LGBTQ people know the importance of having greater access to our democracy for all, regardless of monetary circumstances. We are happy that the people of Maine voted in favor of transparency and accountability in elections. We are proud to stand with other Democracy Initiative organizations in celebrating this achievement,” said Stacey Long Simmons, Director of Public Policy and Government Affairs, National LGBTQ Task Force Action Fund.
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