The Clean Elections Initiative is a bright spot in the aftermath of the most expensive election in Maine’s history. I’m proud to be a part of this exercise in grass-roots democracy.

On Election Day, we were at 205 polling places around the state, from Kittery to Fort Kent. Maine voters lined up to sign the petitions, which call for a referendum next year that would strengthen Maine’s Clean Election law, increase transparency and improve accountability.

Most Mainers can’t write big checks, but they want a strong Clean Election law that will shine the light on dark money and increase the fines when election laws are violated. They want to allow folks who are not rich to be able to run for office.

We need a campaign system that will keep the power in the hands of the people.

Andrew A. Cadot


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