October 6, 2012

Maine Clean Election incumbent now a 'sitting duck'

Critics say District 11 shows the downside of altering a program meant to minimize big-money's influence.

By Steve Mistler smistler@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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"This kind of stuff is partisan politics at its worst," Woodbury said. "They're distorting the full story."

The Maine Conservative PAC has spent $10,418 on the mailers against Woodbury. The group, which had brought in $37,506 as of the last reporting period, is funded primarily by several large donors, including state Treasurer Bruce Poliquin ($5,000); the chief operating officer of the state Department of Health and Human Services, William Boeschenstien Jr. ($3,000); and Elm Venture Fund LLC.

Documents filed with the Secretary of State's Office show that Elm Venture Fund is controlled by David Delorme, owner of the mapping company in Yarmouth.

Delorme is also helping to bankroll the PAC Ready to Lead, which is spending nearly $15,000 on television ads touting Tyll.

Tyll got involved in politics last year during the campaign to uphold Republicans' repeal of Maine's 39-year-old law allowing same-day voter registration.

He said he's focused on running a positive campaign and has knocked on more than 4,000 doors in his district.

While moneyed groups have taken an interest in his campaign, he has gained an impressive amount of small-dollar support.

"I know what's going to win this election," he said. "It's hard work and a positive message that shows that I can be a leader in the state Senate."

Woodbury, meanwhile, hopes that his standing in the community will carry the day. His fundraising is over. Without support from friendly outside groups, he has few dollars to counter Tyll or the groups that support him.

"It does seem unfair, these distortions and the ability of groups to spend so much money," Woodbury said. "I hope that it backfires." 

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