Clean elections

To the Editor:

Former Republican State Senator Ed Youngblood of Brewer says “We need Clean Elections now more than ever. As dark money in politics increases, the role of the general public in our democracy diminishes. More and more citizens feel their vote doesn’t matter. We need to return to a government of, by and for the people.”

Youngblood is right. We have a chance to improve democracy in Maine by voting Yes on Question 1 on Nov. 3.

This will strengthen our Clean Elections law by reducing the need for candidates to take dark money, increasing transparency by requiring outside-group campaign ads to disclose their top donors and increasing penalties for violating campaign finance laws.

Clean Elections works for everyone. This is a nonpartisan issue that brings Mainers together across the board. Please support the Maine Clean Elections referendum by voting Yes on Question 1.

Ron Bilancia


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