April 30, 2013

Maine asks Congress to halt unlimited special-interest campaign spending

The Associated Press

AUGUSTA — Maine is joining other states in asking Congress to support a constitutional amendment that overturns a U.S. Supreme Court decision that opened the floodgates to unlimited campaign spending by special interests.

The resolution seeking reversal of the Citizens United decision was approved by lopsided, bipartisan margins in both the Maine House and Senate on Tuesday. Supporters say Maine becomes the 13th state to pass such a resolution.

In its decision, the court ruled that the federal government may not prohibit direct corporate and union spending on advertising for candidates' elections.

Andrew Bossie of Maine Citizens for Clean Elections says Citizens United and other Supreme Court rulings have elevated the role outside special interest money plays in Maine's elections, while diminishing the voices of everyday people.

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