I urge “yes” votes on statewide Question 1, a bipartisan referendum increasing transparency in campaign financing. Government of, by and for the people demands elected officials accountable to those they represent, not secret donors.

I attended Sunday school in Plains, Georgia, taught by Jimmy Carter. Reflecting on faith in the light of his own experience, he discussed his concern about the erosion of democracy by money in electoral politics.

His campaign was funded without any private donations, but entirely by public money collected through a voluntary check-off on the Internal Revenue Service’s Form 1040.

As a result, he said, he knew to whom he was accountable as president: we, the people.

We have an opportunity to increase the accountability of elected officials by increasing the transparency of campaign financing. If you don’t want our government to be for sale to the highest bidder, please join me in voting “yes” on Question 1.

Andrea Thompson McCall

South Portland

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