Tag Archives: independent expenditures

Maine jumps to ‘A’ for state political spending disclosures

Maine’s one of 11 states with the most stringent financial disclosure requirements for outside political groups seeking to influence your vote, according to a campaign spending watchdog group. The National Institute on Money in State Politics gave Maine a perfect score in a report today for disclosure requirements from independent groups in state elections. It’s alongside Alaska, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Idaho, […]

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 […]

Cutler campaign cash dwindles as outside groups shovel $10 million to party candidates

Independent Eliot Cutler’s campaign entered mid-October with less cash on hand than Republican Paul LePage and Democrat Mike Michaud, who on top of their own war chests have political action committees that have spent about $10 million for or against them. The amount of outside spending has dwarfed activity by any of the campaigns and made clear the uphill battle Cutler faces in […]

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

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 […]

RGA tops $2M in spending for LePage as Michaud also gets major outside media buy

Political parties and political action committees dumped a collective $770,000 into media buys, ads, and canvassing from Friday to Sunday, targeting specific races in the Maine House and Senate and making major media buys for negative ads against Republican Gov. Paul LePage and Democrat Mike Michaud. The vast majority of the spending over the weekend went to […]

Outside groups pump about $2.2 million into Maine governor’s race

The race for the Blaine House has already attracted about $2.2 million in spending by groups not specifically connected with a campaign, primarily for television ads. The total is ahead of the five-person contest in 2010, when outside groups had spent about $1.6 million by early September in independent expenditures. We’ve gathered the latest reports into three views below that […]