Hardworking Mainers Forced to Spend Millions on Welfare for Politicians (Full List of Candidate Welfare Applicants Included)

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
Moonen Matthew DEMOCRATIC 38 REPRESENTATIVE MCEA-Pending
Tucker Ralph L DEMOCRATIC 50 REPRESENTATIVE MCEA-Pending
McCreight Joyce E DEMOCRATIC 51 REPRESENTATIVE MCEA-Pending
Hepler Allison DEMOCRATIC 53 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
Hall Sean REPUBLICAN 51 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
Busque Beverly REPUBLICAN 108 REPRESENTATIVE MCEA-Pending
Rudnicki Shelley REPUBLICAN 108 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
Tuell Will REPUBLICAN 139 REPRESENTATIVE MCEA-Pending
Gass Anne B UNENROLLED 67 REPRESENTATIVE MCEA-Pending
Ackley Kent UNENROLLED 82 REPRESENTATIVE MCEA-Pending
Smith Carrie Mae UNENROLLED 127 REPRESENTATIVE MCEA-Pending
Montague Teresa DEMOCRATIC 8 SENATOR 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

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