Several weeks ago I participated in a signature-gathering in Portland. It was a fun and interesting way to gauge the basic understanding and acceptance of the Maine Clean Elections process.

We have more than 20 years of experience with a system of public funding that works well. We need to strengthen it, and that’s what the petition drive is about. I was encouraged by the number of people who gladly signed. More than that, people were fully disgusted by the flood of money into Maine by outside organizations trying to influence our elections. The Citizens United ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court disturbed many people. Others felt entirely helpless to change things, but took the first step of signing the petition. Thanks to all who have taken up the cause.

When you go to vote in November, people will be gathering signatures to put the question on the ballot in 2015. Look for them where you vote, and add your voice to the outcry against unlimited spending on political campaigns.

Anne B. Schink
South Portland

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