Tag Archives: Clean Elections

The Death of Clean Elections?


I can only hope. On Monday, the Supreme Court struck down a law in Arizona which provided what are known as “matching funds” in its public campaign finance system.  Arizona’s law was modeled on Maine’s Clean Elections law, including the matching fund provision. For those unfamiliar with the system, Maine and Arizona allocate a specific […]

The Battle Over Maine’s Clean Election System

During this election, Maine’s Clean Election system became a contested topic.  Given the economic situation it should be no surprise.  There was also controversy that arose surrounding the system, which caused one candidate to leave the race.    Maine’s Clean Election system is back in the news again.  A lawsuit has been filed claiming the […]

Reading the Dem Primary Tea Leaves

Pine Tree Politics analyzed each GOP gubernatorial candidate’s chances of winning their party’s nomination. Matt Gagnon explored possible victory scenarios for the candidates as well as the likelihood of them occurring. In conjunction with Bruce Bourgoine of Dirigo Blue, we have done the same. You may read Bruce’s scenarios here and mine below.

John Richardson Officially Withdraws From Race

Told ya so.  (Sorry, couldn’t resist) Today, John Richardson held a news conference to announce his withdrawal from the Maine gubernatorial contest.  He also sent out his official campaign announcement to his supporters today, which essentially threw the offending collectors of clean election checks under the bus, while highlighting the work done by the rest […]

Matt Gagnon Discusses Richardson Controversy On WGAN With Ken and Mike

This morning, I had the pleasure of visiting with Ken and Mike of WGAN’s “Morning News” program on 560 AM (Portland). We discussed the stories I broke over the weekend about John Richardson having been officially denied clean election funding by the Ethics Commission, the accusations of fraud being leveled at his campaign, and his […]

More Details On The John Richardson Controversy

This afternoon, I spoke at length with a person who is close to and has spoken about this issue (the Richardson investigation) with Attorney General Janet Mills, and here is the breakdown of what has taken place. The Ethics Commission has found that John Richardson is ineligible to receive clean election funding due to fraud […]

John Richardson Looking For A Way Out Of The Race

As has been reported widely last week, John Richardson is in hot water over his clean election funding.  The problem focuses on the irregularities with the qualifying checks used by Richardson to qualify for the several hundreds of thousands of dollars from the state to use for his campaign for Governor.  It has been described […]

McGowan & Mitchell Submit Clean Election Donations

Libby Mitchell has submitted more than 3,250 $5 donations required for Clean Election funding.  Pat McGowan has also announced the submission of his donations, meeting the $5 requirement and raising $40,000 in seed money.  The Mitchell campaign was the first of the Democrats to file.  Peter Mills submitted his donations on March 10th, making him […]


Joe Kennedy took a break from Citizens Energy yesterday to support another cause.  Kennedy has endorsed Pat McGowan for governor.  Kennedy cited McGowan’s ,” long career in public service, his devotion to family, and his commitment to helping out those in need” as reasons for his support.  Kennedy also pointed out what he believed were […]