12/27/17, Maine First Media Staff Report,
So far, 110 incumbents and challengers are actively filed to run Gubernatorial, State Senate or State Representative campaigns in 2018.
Of those 110… 53 have applied for candidate welfare. Meaning Mainers will be forced to fund the campaigns of nearly half the candidates running, including candidates not in their district, and even worse, candidates they plan to vote against!
Both parties are equally to blame for taking the First Amendment-breaking candidate welfare. Democrats have 23 candidates receiving handouts from hardworking Mainers. Republicans are right behind with 22. There are six more unenrolled candidates and two green-independent candidates rounding out the list.
The only Republican Gubernatorial candidate on the candidate welfare take is Senate Majority Leader Garrett “Maine-Last” Mason (R-Lisbon Falls).
The program known as “clean elections” is anything but clean. It is nothing more than welfare for politicians. Instead of candidates having to go out and convince voters to donate money to their campaigns, voters are forced to fund the campaigns of candidates they don’t intend to vote for. Clearly violating our First Amendment rights to free speech and association.
And welfare for politicians doesn’t come cheap. According to the Maine Commission on Governmental Ethics and & Election Practices, 2016 Maine Senate candidates received about $1,850,000. Meanwhile, House candidates weren’t far behind $1,380,000. That’s $3.25-Million dollars on candidate welfare just for legislative races.
This campaign cycle will have the added expense of gubernatorial races. Each of the last two eligible cycles with the Blaine House up-for-grabs (2006 and 2010, the candidate welfare program for the gubernatorial race was suspended in 2014), the costs of welfare for politicians has surpassed $6-million!
In fact, since 2010, hardworking Mainers have been forced to fund “clean elections” politicians to the tune of more than $30-million!
This money could otherwise be spent on modernizing education or individualizing learning in Maine schools. It could be spent refocusing on vocational or tech training and schooling. It could be spent training and transitioning Maine workers for new careers in the digital/robotic economy. It could be spent fighting the opioid epidemic in Maine. It could be spent reducing the number of disabled seniors on waitlists for in-home care.
Instead, it’s millions of dollars off the backs of hardworking Mainers, that goes to make sure candidates like Republican “Maine-Last” Mason and Democrat Gubernatorial candidate Beth Sweet have full campaign coffers without having to earn their donations.
To be eligible for candidate welfare, House candidates must collect 60, $5 donations. Senate candidates need to accumulate 175, $5 donations. And Gubernatorial candidates must gather 3,200, $5 donations. Political organizations help candidates reach these requirements.
Maine First Media has compiled a list of candidates who’ve filed for candidate welfare for the 2018 campaign. Important to note, filing for the so-called “clean elections” doesn’t mean the necessary amount of qualifying donations has been met, just that the candidate is attempting to meet the requirement.
Maine First Media will periodically update this list.
|Last Name||Party||District||Office Type||Financing|
|DeAngelis Steven Mark||DEMOCRATIC||GOVERNOR||MCEA-Pending|
|Faircloth Sean F||DEMOCRATIC||GOVERNOR||MCEA-Pending|
|Sweet Elizabeth Ann||DEMOCRATIC||GOVERNOR||MCEA-Pending|
|Dresser Jay Parker Lunt||GREEN INDEPENDENT||GOVERNOR||MCEA-Pending|
|Marsano Elizabeth A.||GREEN INDEPENDENT||GOVERNOR||MCEA-Pending|
|MASON GARRETT PAUL||REPUBLICAN||GOVERNOR||MCEA-Pending|
|Alcorn Ethan Weld||UNENROLLED||GOVERNOR||MCEA-Pending|
|Capron Kenneth A||UNENROLLED||GOVERNOR||MCEA-Pending|
|HAYES TERESEA M.||UNENROLLED||GOVERNOR||MCEA-Pending|
|Terry Maureen Fitzgerald||DEMOCRATIC||26||REPRESENTATIVE||MCEA-Pending|
|Lynch Mary Ann||DEMOCRATIC||30||REPRESENTATIVE||MCEA-Pending|
|Tucker Ralph L||DEMOCRATIC||50||REPRESENTATIVE||MCEA-Pending|
|McCreight Joyce E||DEMOCRATIC||51||REPRESENTATIVE||MCEA-Pending|
|Fay Jessica L||DEMOCRATIC||66||REPRESENTATIVE||MCEA-Pending|
|Colburn Doretta Marie||DEMOCRATIC||71||REPRESENTATIVE||MCEA-Pending|
|Harnett Thom A||DEMOCRATIC||83||REPRESENTATIVE||MCEA-Pending|
|Zeigler Stanley Paige||DEMOCRATIC||96||REPRESENTATIVE||MCEA-Pending|
|St. Valle Abigail E||DEMOCRATIC||99||REPRESENTATIVE||MCEA-Pending|
|Davitt James E.||DEMOCRATIC||101||REPRESENTATIVE||MCEA-Pending|
|Rowden Aaron Blaschke||DEMOCRATIC||108||REPRESENTATIVE||MCEA-Pending|
|White Bruce A||DEMOCRATIC||109||REPRESENTATIVE||MCEA-Pending|
|Schneck John C||DEMOCRATIC||126||REPRESENTATIVE||MCEA-Pending|
|Verow Arthur Clement||DEMOCRATIC||128||REPRESENTATIVE||MCEA-Pending|
|Prescott Dwayne Willis||REPUBLICAN||17||REPRESENTATIVE||MCEA-Pending|
|Gibson Leslie Earl||REPUBLICAN||57||REPRESENTATIVE||MCEA-Pending|
|Emerson James P||REPUBLICAN||100||REPRESENTATIVE||MCEA-Pending|
|Griffin Abigail W.||REPUBLICAN||102||REPRESENTATIVE||MCEA-Pending|
|Foster Steven D||REPUBLICAN||104||REPRESENTATIVE||MCEA-Pending|
|Skolfield Thomas H||REPUBLICAN||112||REPRESENTATIVE||MCEA-Pending|
|Stearns Paul Andrew||REPUBLICAN||119||REPRESENTATIVE||MCEA-Pending|
|Toothman Delaina M||REPUBLICAN||122||REPRESENTATIVE||MCEA-Pending|
|Hiatt John D||REPUBLICAN||127||REPRESENTATIVE||MCEA-Pending|
|Gass Anne B||UNENROLLED||67||REPRESENTATIVE||MCEA-Pending|
|Smith Carrie Mae||UNENROLLED||127||REPRESENTATIVE||MCEA-Pending|
|Greenier Joseph H.||DEMOCRATIC||11||SENATOR||MCEA-Pending|
|Glowa John Michael Sr.||DEMOCRATIC||15||SENATOR||MCEA-Pending|
|Duson Jill Christine||DEMOCRATIC||28||SENATOR||MCEA-Pending|
|DAVIS PAUL T Sr.||REPUBLICAN||4||SENATOR||MCEA-Pending|
|Rosen Kimberly C||REPUBLICAN||8||SENATOR||MCEA-Pending|
|Dow Dana L||REPUBLICAN||13||SENATOR||MCEA-Pending|
|Cyrway Scott Wynn||REPUBLICAN||16||SENATOR||MCEA-Pending|
|Black Russell J||REPUBLICAN||17||SENATOR||MCEA-Pending|
|Keim Lisa M||REPUBLICAN||18||SENATOR||MCEA-Pending|
|Hamper James M||REPUBLICAN||19||SENATOR||MCEA-Pending|
|Woodsome David C||REPUBLICAN||33||SENATOR||MCEA-Pending|