Tag Archives: campaign finance

How each campaign spent in their final days

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Campaigns for Republican Gov. Paul LePage and Democrat Mike Michaud spent up until the day before the election to try and win over voters. The expenditures in those final days give some insight into how the campaigns hoped they would push their respective candidates over the top. Michaud’s campaign spent heavily on television ads, with most spending right […]

LePage wins re-election at Marden’s prices

Candidates for governor are battling for hearts and minds. Sure. But while they fight with their words, they also do it with their money and other people’s money (which, in American politics, roughly equals words). Candidates can’t just buy votes (so the review is a bit crude), but it is possible to put a rough price tag on […]

Outside groups spend $14 million on Maine state elections

Outside groups have spent about 3.5 times the $4 million they spent in 2010 to influence Maine’s gubernatorial and state-level elections, just one day before voters go to the polls. The spending comes as incumbent Republican Gov. Paul LePage and Democrat Mike Michaud are neck-and-neck in the latest polling and as Democrats fight to keep control of the state […]

LePage hops on the radio (and your phone) and Cutler keeps money on the table

I’m not a gambling man, but even if I were, I’d probably stay far away from the gubernatorial election this year, partly because it’s a game that’s too rich for my blood. In fact, it’s a game where independent Eliot Cutler, who said this week that his odds aren’t great, put another $150,000 of his own money down Tuesday […]

PACs dump another $1.2 million into Maine governor’s race

Wondering how to blow $1.2 million in two days? Try a whole lot of TV ads. At least, that’s how seven political action committees spent their $1.2 million over the last two days, according to the latest filings with the Maine Ethics Commission. Most of that spending — about $852,000 — went to benefit the campaign of Democrat Mike Michaud, who is […]

Progressive Super PAC debuts with $106K to oppose LePage over weekend

A national Super PAC registered in Maine earlier this month has made its first expenditure, putting $106,000 of another PAC’s money into an online ad opposing Gov. Paul LePage. The group Progressive Kick IE Maine had the second-highest amount of independent expenditures in the gubernatorial race over the weekend, after the Maine Conservation Voters Action […]

RGA has the biggest war chest, but faces fleet of Democratic PACs

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Political action committees seeking to influence Maine elections had through September amassed about three-fourths of the entire amount raised during the last gubernatorial election year. As staff writer Mario Moretto reported today, that puts PAC spending on track to far outpace totals from the 2010 gubernatorial election. The latest numbers come from reports filed by a midnight deadline, detailing […]

What their campaign contribution history tells us about Cutler’s GOP supporters

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The five people touted as GOP faithfuls who endorsed independent gubernatorial candidate Eliot Cutler on Friday have together donated about equal amounts to other independent candidates and Republican candidates for state office in the past 10 years. One of the people who endorsed Cutler on Friday gave money this year to incumbent Republican Gov. Paul LePage and none had donated to Democratic candidate […]