Sen. Chipman to Introduce Bill to Change Campaign Financing
AUGUSTA — Sen. Ben Chipman, D-Portland, will introduce a bill, LD 780 “An Act to Change Municipal Campaign Contribution Limits.”
The public hearing for LD 780 will be at 10 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 25 in the Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, after which it will be scheduled for a work session and have a committee vote.
“In the time I have lived in Portland, I have seen campaign expenditures sky-rocket. I have seen upwards of $100,000 spent on local races, which is more than anyone should be spending,” said Sen. Chipman. “This bill would help us get back to the true nature of campaigning, in local grassroots efforts going door-to-door, not with big money.”
The Maine Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices has already indicated they will support this bill. The Maine Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices is an independent state agency that administers Maine’s campaign finance laws, the Maine Clean Election Act.
In 2011, the prior administration made a change that doubled the amount that was allowable for contributions for candidates for municipal office. This bill corrects the 2011 change, reducing the maximum allowable contribution for candidates for municipal office from $750 to $350.
If the bill is voted out of committee, it will face further votes before the Maine House and Senate.