Elections

Meet the candidates running to replace LePage

Meet the candidates running to replace LePage

Editor’s Note: During the 2018 election season, the Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting is committed to providing independent, non-partisan election coverage to Maine residents. Our coverage starts with this story, looking at the candidates who hope to be...

Bill limiting PAC expenditures becomes law

Bill limiting PAC expenditures becomes law

AUGUSTA — A bill that bars lawmakers from paying themselves or businesses they own from political action committees under their control has become law. The bill, An Act Regarding Political Action Committee Expenditures, passed unanimously through both the Maine House...

Legislators use timing and creative wording to skirt spirit of fundraising rules

Legislators use timing and creative wording to skirt spirit of fundraising rules

This examination of campaign records and fundraising techniques shows how Maine statehouse politicians have found creative ways ways to skirt the spirit of laws meant to limit the influence of special interests. How do they do it: by scheduling events on dates and times that don’t violate the letter of the law. They do it by choosing how they word an invitation, avoiding words that might get them in trouble, like “host,” and instead using a safe term like “featured guest.”

Lawmaker: PACs shouldn’t pay the legislators who run them

Lawmaker: PACs shouldn’t pay the legislators who run them

Saying he wanted to stop a practice that was “the closest thing to getting directly paid” by lobbyists, state Rep. Louis Luchini, D-Ellsworth, introduced a bill Feb. 27 to bar legislators from paying themselves, businesses they run and family members from political action committees (PACs) that they control.

Portland primary election challenges lead to proposed changes in campaign law

The Maine Ethics Commission has fined losing Senate candidate Rep. Diane Russell $500 for failing to disclose her contribution to her Senate campaign of a valuable email list, closing the books on a series of ethics complaints generated by the recent Portland Democratic Senate primary. But the complaints — two against Russell and one against primary winner Rep. Ben Chipman — may end up having a broader effect on Maine campaign-finance law and how elections are run.

Maine political fundraising in full bloom

Here at Political Party Time, we took a break from chronicling campaign shindigs when the 2014 election season ended. But we’re back now, dressed up in our best party clothes and working harder than ever so that you don’t miss any of the fun. And there’s lots of wine,...