Puppet masters

To the Editor:

I was grateful for Donald Trump’s honesty during the first Republican presidential debate because he put the spotlight squarely on one of America’s biggest problems – money in politics.

Trump unabashedly admitted that he “pays to play.” He admitted to giving money to numerous politicians secure in the knowledge that he could cash in that marker in the future.

Let’s be clear, this problem exists on both sides of the aisle. Mainers of all stripes, Democrats, Republicans and independents, must come together to demand clean elections.

Fortunately we have an opportunity to act. The Maine Clean Elections Initiative, Question 1, is on the Nov. 3 ballot. This initiative will strengthen the Maine Clean Election Act, improve disclosure and make other changes to the campaign finance laws.

Let’s take back our government from the puppet masters. Vote Yes on 1.

Tom Walker

Mount Desert

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