List of Maine Swamp Creatures Forcing You to Fund Their Campaigns

4/26/18, Maine First Media Staff Report,

225 incumbents and challengers are expecting you to fund their gubernatorial, state senate and state house campaigns in the 2018 Midterms — whether you like it or not.

Candidate Welfare forces Mainers to fund the campaigns of all qualified candidates — including candidates not in their district, and even worse, candidates they plan to vote against!

Both political parties are to blame for taking the First Amendment-breaking candidate welfare — however, not equally to blame. In fact, nearly three times as many Democrats are forcing you to pay for their mailers, robocalls and campaign ads than Republicans. Democrats have 156 candidates receiving handouts from hardworking Mainers. Meanwhile, only 55 Republicans are signed up for welfare for politicians. Finally, there are 14 more unenrolled candidates rounding out the list.

The only Republican Gubernatorial hopeful 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 your 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 on candidate welfare just for legislative races.

This campaign cycle will have the added expense of gubernatorial contests. 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 election” politicians to the tune of more than $30-million!

This money could be otherwise spent on refocusing Maine education on vocational or tech training. 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. The list of better causes for the money goes on-and-on.

Instead, it’s millions of dollars off the backs of hardworking Mainers, that goes to make sure candidates like Republican Sen. Mason and Democrat Gubernatorial candidate Beth Sweet have full campaign coffers without having to earn their donations voluntarily.

To be eligible for candidate welfare, House candidates must collect 60, $5 donations. Senate candidates need to accumulate 175, $5 contributions. 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.

 

Name District Party OfficeType Financing
Sweet Elizabeth Ann DEMOCRATIC GOVERNOR MCEA-Qualified
MASON GARRETT PAUL REPUBLICAN GOVERNOR MCEA-Qualified
HAYES TERESEA M. UNENROLLED GOVERNOR MCEA-Qualified
Blume Lydia 3 DEMOCRATIC REPRESENTATIVE MCEA-Pending
Parker Jennifer Ellen 6 DEMOCRATIC REPRESENTATIVE MCEA-Pending
Hobbs Daniel J 7 DEMOCRATIC REPRESENTATIVE MCEA-Pending
Goodwin Timothy 23 DEMOCRATIC REPRESENTATIVE MCEA-Pending
Rottkov Richard 32 DEMOCRATIC REPRESENTATIVE MCEA-Pending
Peoples Ann E. 35 DEMOCRATIC REPRESENTATIVE MCEA-Pending
Sylvester Michael A. 39 DEMOCRATIC REPRESENTATIVE MCEA-Pending
Adams Herbert C. 40 DEMOCRATIC REPRESENTATIVE MCEA-Pending
Talbot Ross Rachel 40 DEMOCRATIC REPRESENTATIVE MCEA-Pending
Collings Benjamin T 42 DEMOCRATIC REPRESENTATIVE MCEA-Pending
Berry Seth A 55 DEMOCRATIC REPRESENTATIVE MCEA-Pending
Gaiason Scott N 56 DEMOCRATIC REPRESENTATIVE MCEA-Pending
Poliquin Martha M. S. 56 DEMOCRATIC REPRESENTATIVE MCEA-Pending
Gilchrist Eryn M 57 DEMOCRATIC REPRESENTATIVE MCEA-Pending
Melaragno Gina Marie 62 DEMOCRATIC REPRESENTATIVE MCEA-Pending
Sheats Bettyann W 64 DEMOCRATIC REPRESENTATIVE MCEA-Pending
Coolidge Misty L 65 DEMOCRATIC REPRESENTATIVE MCEA-Pending
Barter Janice Carney 68 DEMOCRATIC REPRESENTATIVE MCEA-Pending
Riley Christina 74 DEMOCRATIC REPRESENTATIVE MCEA-Pending
Stover Holly B. 89 DEMOCRATIC REPRESENTATIVE MCEA-Pending
Devin Michael G 90 DEMOCRATIC REPRESENTATIVE MCEA-Pending
Turner April D 99 DEMOCRATIC REPRESENTATIVE MCEA-Pending
Madigan Colleen 110 DEMOCRATIC REPRESENTATIVE MCEA-Pending
Soma-Hernandez Cynthia J. 112 DEMOCRATIC REPRESENTATIVE MCEA-Pending
Arruda Nathalie 131 DEMOCRATIC REPRESENTATIVE MCEA-Pending
Rykerson Deane 1 DEMOCRATIC REPRESENTATIVE MCEA-Qualified
Meyer Michele 2 DEMOCRATIC REPRESENTATIVE MCEA-Qualified
Richards Kimberly Ann 2 DEMOCRATIC REPRESENTATIVE MCEA-Qualified
Hymanson Patricia 4 DEMOCRATIC REPRESENTATIVE MCEA-Qualified
Galemmo Charles A 5 DEMOCRATIC REPRESENTATIVE MCEA-Qualified
Babbidge Christopher W 8 DEMOCRATIC REPRESENTATIVE MCEA-Qualified
Denk Diane Marie 9 DEMOCRATIC REPRESENTATIVE MCEA-Qualified
Ingwersen Henry L. 10 DEMOCRATIC REPRESENTATIVE MCEA-Qualified
Eder John 12 DEMOCRATIC REPRESENTATIVE MCEA-Qualified
Foley Victoria 12 DEMOCRATIC REPRESENTATIVE MCEA-Qualified
Gramlich Lori K 13 DEMOCRATIC REPRESENTATIVE MCEA-Qualified
Durrell David P 16 DEMOCRATIC REPRESENTATIVE MCEA-Qualified
Mastraccio Anne-Marie 18 DEMOCRATIC REPRESENTATIVE MCEA-Qualified
Mele Jeremy 19 DEMOCRATIC REPRESENTATIVE MCEA-Qualified
Lauzon Daniel J 20 DEMOCRATIC REPRESENTATIVE MCEA-Qualified
Krolick Clifford Terry 21 DEMOCRATIC REPRESENTATIVE MCEA-Qualified
MCNAMARA KELCY FRYE 21 DEMOCRATIC REPRESENTATIVE MCEA-Qualified
Fitzgerald Richard J. 22 DEMOCRATIC REPRESENTATIVE MCEA-Qualified
Bryant Mark E. 24 DEMOCRATIC REPRESENTATIVE MCEA-Qualified
Butler Jennie 25 DEMOCRATIC REPRESENTATIVE MCEA-Qualified
TERRY MAUREEN FITZGERALD 26 DEMOCRATIC REPRESENTATIVE MCEA-Qualified
Caiazzo Christopher James 28 DEMOCRATIC REPRESENTATIVE MCEA-Qualified
Babine Shawn A. 29 DEMOCRATIC REPRESENTATIVE MCEA-Qualified
Lynch Mary Ann 30 DEMOCRATIC REPRESENTATIVE MCEA-Qualified
Kessler Christopher J. 32 DEMOCRATIC REPRESENTATIVE MCEA-Qualified
Morales Victoria E 33 DEMOCRATIC REPRESENTATIVE MCEA-Qualified
Brennan Michael F 36 DEMOCRATIC REPRESENTATIVE MCEA-Qualified
Farnsworth Richard R. 37 DEMOCRATIC REPRESENTATIVE MCEA-Qualified
JORGENSEN ERIK CLARK 41 DEMOCRATIC REPRESENTATIVE MCEA-Qualified
PIERCE TERESA S. 44 DEMOCRATIC REPRESENTATIVE MCEA-Qualified
Denno Dale 45 DEMOCRATIC REPRESENTATIVE MCEA-Qualified
Sharpe Braden 46 DEMOCRATIC REPRESENTATIVE MCEA-Qualified
Cooper Janice E 47 DEMOCRATIC REPRESENTATIVE MCEA-Qualified
Daughtry Matthea 49 DEMOCRATIC REPRESENTATIVE MCEA-Qualified
Tucker Ralph L 50 DEMOCRATIC REPRESENTATIVE MCEA-Qualified
McCreight Joyce E 51 DEMOCRATIC REPRESENTATIVE MCEA-Qualified
DeChant Jennifer 52 DEMOCRATIC REPRESENTATIVE MCEA-Qualified
Hepler Allison 53 DEMOCRATIC REPRESENTATIVE MCEA-Qualified
Tepler Denise A 54 DEMOCRATIC REPRESENTATIVE MCEA-Qualified
Handy James R 58 DEMOCRATIC REPRESENTATIVE MCEA-Qualified
Craven Margaret M 59 DEMOCRATIC REPRESENTATIVE MCEA-Qualified
Cloutier Kristen Sarah 60 DEMOCRATIC REPRESENTATIVE MCEA-Qualified
Carrier Brian S. 63 DEMOCRATIC REPRESENTATIVE MCEA-Qualified
Fay Jessica L 66 DEMOCRATIC REPRESENTATIVE MCEA-Qualified
Burnett Nathan Robert Leigh 70 DEMOCRATIC REPRESENTATIVE MCEA-Qualified
Richardson Warren E. 70 DEMOCRATIC REPRESENTATIVE MCEA-Qualified
Colburn Doretta Marie 71 DEMOCRATIC REPRESENTATIVE MCEA-Qualified
Faunce Robert F. 73 DEMOCRATIC REPRESENTATIVE MCEA-Qualified
Nadeau Catherine M. 78 DEMOCRATIC REPRESENTATIVE MCEA-Qualified
Castner Dawn Marie 79 DEMOCRATIC REPRESENTATIVE MCEA-Qualified
Ball Stephen C. 80 DEMOCRATIC REPRESENTATIVE MCEA-Qualified
Harnett Thom A 83 DEMOCRATIC REPRESENTATIVE MCEA-Qualified
Doore Donna R 85 DEMOCRATIC REPRESENTATIVE MCEA-Qualified
Day Jennifer L. 86 DEMOCRATIC REPRESENTATIVE MCEA-Qualified
Putnam Jason G 87 DEMOCRATIC REPRESENTATIVE MCEA-Qualified
Maxmin Chloe S. 88 DEMOCRATIC REPRESENTATIVE MCEA-Qualified
Plummer Alan D 88 DEMOCRATIC REPRESENTATIVE MCEA-Qualified
Matlack Ann Higgins 92 DEMOCRATIC REPRESENTATIVE MCEA-Qualified
Beebe-Center Pinny 93 DEMOCRATIC REPRESENTATIVE MCEA-Qualified
Doudera Victoria W. 94 DEMOCRATIC REPRESENTATIVE MCEA-Qualified
Zeigler Stanley Paige 96 DEMOCRATIC REPRESENTATIVE MCEA-Qualified
Dodge Janice S 97 DEMOCRATIC REPRESENTATIVE MCEA-Qualified
Hills Caitlin L 97 DEMOCRATIC REPRESENTATIVE MCEA-Qualified
Cuddy Scott W 98 DEMOCRATIC REPRESENTATIVE MCEA-Qualified
Davitt James E. 101 DEMOCRATIC REPRESENTATIVE MCEA-Qualified
Clark John R 105 DEMOCRATIC REPRESENTATIVE MCEA-Qualified
Austin Betty A 107 DEMOCRATIC REPRESENTATIVE MCEA-Qualified
Rowden Aaron Blaschke 108 DEMOCRATIC REPRESENTATIVE MCEA-Qualified
White Bruce A 109 DEMOCRATIC REPRESENTATIVE MCEA-Qualified
Landry H Scott Jr. 113 DEMOCRATIC REPRESENTATIVE MCEA-Qualified
Harrison Cherieann 114 DEMOCRATIC REPRESENTATIVE MCEA-Qualified
Madigan John E. Jr. 115 DEMOCRATIC REPRESENTATIVE MCEA-Qualified
MCCOLLISTER BENJAMIN S. 116 DEMOCRATIC REPRESENTATIVE MCEA-Qualified
LEBLANC STEPHANIE L 117 DEMOCRATIC REPRESENTATIVE MCEA-Qualified
Evans Richard A. 120 DEMOCRATIC REPRESENTATIVE MCEA-Qualified
Casavant Terri Jane 121 DEMOCRATIC REPRESENTATIVE MCEA-Qualified
Dunphy Michelle A 122 DEMOCRATIC REPRESENTATIVE MCEA-Qualified
Tipping Ryan 123 DEMOCRATIC REPRESENTATIVE MCEA-Qualified
Kornfield Victoria P 125 DEMOCRATIC REPRESENTATIVE MCEA-Qualified
Schneck John C 126 DEMOCRATIC REPRESENTATIVE MCEA-Qualified
Cardone Barbara A 127 DEMOCRATIC REPRESENTATIVE MCEA-Qualified
Verow Arthur C 128 DEMOCRATIC REPRESENTATIVE MCEA-Qualified
Reynolds Michael L. 130 DEMOCRATIC REPRESENTATIVE MCEA-Qualified
Pebworth Sarah Arline 133 DEMOCRATIC REPRESENTATIVE MCEA-Qualified
Hubbell Brian L 135 DEMOCRATIC REPRESENTATIVE MCEA-Qualified
Bragdon Kylie 136 DEMOCRATIC REPRESENTATIVE MCEA-Qualified
Bunker Douglas Sherwood 137 DEMOCRATIC REPRESENTATIVE MCEA-Qualified
Alley Robert W 138 DEMOCRATIC REPRESENTATIVE MCEA-Qualified
Perry Anne C. 140 DEMOCRATIC REPRESENTATIVE MCEA-Qualified
Farnsworth Laura A. 145 DEMOCRATIC REPRESENTATIVE MCEA-Qualified
Saucier Robert J. 147 DEMOCRATIC REPRESENTATIVE MCEA-Qualified
McCrea David H. 148 DEMOCRATIC REPRESENTATIVE MCEA-Qualified
Martin John L. 151 DEMOCRATIC REPRESENTATIVE MCEA-Qualified
Gove Manley C. Sr. 6 REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE MCEA-Pending
Walter Tammy B 32 REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE MCEA-Pending
Sandlin Sarah 44 REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE MCEA-Pending
Snow Richard Vinton 47 REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE MCEA-Pending
Brillant Leon C. 54 REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE MCEA-Pending
Mason Richard G 56 REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE MCEA-Pending
Perkins Michael D 77 REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE MCEA-Pending
Lemelin Michael H. 88 REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE MCEA-Pending
Simmons Abden S 91 REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE MCEA-Pending
Emerson James P 100 REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE MCEA-Pending
DRINKWATER GARY A. 121 REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE MCEA-Pending
Moulton Bradley S. 4 REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE MCEA-Qualified
LYNCH JOSEPH F 15 REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE MCEA-Qualified
Prescott Dwayne Willis 17 REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE MCEA-Qualified
Blier Mark John 22 REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE MCEA-Qualified
Tyler Thomas M. 24 REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE MCEA-Qualified
Corey Patrick W. 25 REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE MCEA-Qualified
Hall Sean 51 REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE MCEA-Qualified
Martin Thomas H. Jr. 57 REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE MCEA-Qualified
Hurilla Denise Mary 58 REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE MCEA-Qualified
Reeder John D 59 REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE MCEA-Qualified
Staples Robert II 74 REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE MCEA-Qualified
Morris Joshua 75 REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE MCEA-Qualified
Twitchell Benjamin B. III 78 REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE MCEA-Qualified
Greenwood Randall Adam 82 REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE MCEA-Qualified
Griffin Abigail W. 102 REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE MCEA-Qualified
Foster Steven D 104 REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE MCEA-Qualified
Rudnicki Shelley 108 REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE MCEA-Qualified
Andre Mark R. 110 REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE MCEA-Qualified
Imes Jacob A. 110 REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE MCEA-Qualified
Skolfield Thomas H 112 REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE MCEA-Qualified
Brown Paul Richard 113 REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE MCEA-Qualified
Hall Randall C 114 REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE MCEA-Qualified
Pickett Richard A. 116 REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE MCEA-Qualified
Stearns Paul Andrew 119 REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE MCEA-Qualified
Hiatt Joshua T 126 REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE MCEA-Qualified
Remick Mark S. 132 REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE MCEA-Qualified
Tuell Will 139 REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE MCEA-Qualified
EK ROGER W. 141 REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE MCEA-Qualified
Javner Kathy Irene 141 REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE MCEA-Qualified
Casas Owen D. 94 UNENROLLED REPRESENTATIVE MCEA-Pending
Adkins Tyler Jay 119 UNENROLLED REPRESENTATIVE MCEA-Pending
Samp Frederick 14 UNENROLLED REPRESENTATIVE MCEA-Qualified
Welsh Dennis W. 47 UNENROLLED REPRESENTATIVE MCEA-Qualified
Gass Anne B 67 UNENROLLED REPRESENTATIVE MCEA-Qualified
Riseman Walter N 69 UNENROLLED REPRESENTATIVE MCEA-Qualified
Ackley Kent 82 UNENROLLED REPRESENTATIVE MCEA-Qualified
Evangelos Jeffrey 91 UNENROLLED REPRESENTATIVE MCEA-Qualified
Pluecker William D. 95 UNENROLLED REPRESENTATIVE MCEA-Qualified
Higgins Norman E. 120 UNENROLLED REPRESENTATIVE MCEA-Qualified
Smith Carrie Mae 127 UNENROLLED REPRESENTATIVE MCEA-Qualified
Uhlenhake Beverly 8 DEMOCRATIC SENATOR MCEA-Pending
Julia Kellie M. 15 DEMOCRATIC SENATOR MCEA-Pending
Kilby-Chesley Lois E. 22 DEMOCRATIC SENATOR MCEA-Pending
Deschambault Susan A. 32 DEMOCRATIC SENATOR MCEA-Pending
Tuttle John L. Jr. 33 DEMOCRATIC SENATOR MCEA-Pending
Lawrence Mark W 35 DEMOCRATIC SENATOR MCEA-Pending
Jackson Troy 1 DEMOCRATIC SENATOR MCEA-Qualified
Carpenter Michael E. 2 DEMOCRATIC SENATOR MCEA-Qualified
Johnson Jeffrey B. 3 DEMOCRATIC SENATOR MCEA-Qualified
Mackey-Andrews Susan D. 4 DEMOCRATIC SENATOR MCEA-Qualified
Dill James F 5 DEMOCRATIC SENATOR MCEA-Qualified
Therrien Christina M. 6 DEMOCRATIC SENATOR MCEA-Qualified
Luchini Louis 7 DEMOCRATIC SENATOR MCEA-Qualified
Schwartz Ian 7 DEMOCRATIC SENATOR MCEA-Qualified
Gratwick Geoffrey M 9 DEMOCRATIC SENATOR MCEA-Qualified
Lippincott William J. 10 DEMOCRATIC SENATOR MCEA-Qualified
GREENIER JOSEPH H. 11 DEMOCRATIC SENATOR MCEA-Qualified
Herbig Erin D 11 DEMOCRATIC SENATOR MCEA-Qualified
Miramant David R 12 DEMOCRATIC SENATOR MCEA-Qualified
Fortman Laura A 13 DEMOCRATIC SENATOR MCEA-Qualified
Bellows Shenna 14 DEMOCRATIC SENATOR MCEA-Qualified
Glowa John Michael Sr. 15 DEMOCRATIC SENATOR MCEA-Qualified
Kusiak Karen 16 DEMOCRATIC SENATOR MCEA-Qualified
Russell Steven C 16 DEMOCRATIC SENATOR MCEA-Qualified
Collins Jan M 17 DEMOCRATIC SENATOR MCEA-Qualified
McGrane Gary T 17 DEMOCRATIC SENATOR MCEA-Qualified
Wilfong James Finley 18 DEMOCRATIC SENATOR MCEA-Qualified
Claxton Ned 20 DEMOCRATIC SENATOR MCEA-Qualified
Vitelli Eloise A. 23 DEMOCRATIC SENATOR MCEA-Qualified
Carson Everett Brownie 24 DEMOCRATIC SENATOR MCEA-Qualified
Breen Catherine E. 25 DEMOCRATIC SENATOR MCEA-Qualified
Chipman Benjamin 27 DEMOCRATIC SENATOR MCEA-Qualified
Duson Jill Christine 28 DEMOCRATIC SENATOR MCEA-Qualified
Millett Rebecca 29 DEMOCRATIC SENATOR MCEA-Qualified
Sanborn Linda F. 30 DEMOCRATIC SENATOR MCEA-Qualified
Chenette Justin M. 31 DEMOCRATIC SENATOR MCEA-Qualified
Wright Thomas J 34 DEMOCRATIC SENATOR MCEA-Qualified
Dow Dana L 13 REPUBLICAN SENATOR MCEA-Pending
Stone Matthew William 14 REPUBLICAN SENATOR MCEA-Pending
Cyrway Scott Wynn 16 REPUBLICAN SENATOR MCEA-Pending
NADEAU ALLEN M 1 REPUBLICAN SENATOR MCEA-Qualified
DAVIS PAUL T Sr. 4 REPUBLICAN SENATOR MCEA-Qualified
Moore Marianne 6 REPUBLICAN SENATOR MCEA-Qualified
Rosen Kimberley C 8 REPUBLICAN SENATOR MCEA-Qualified
GILES JAYNE CROSBY 11 REPUBLICAN SENATOR MCEA-Qualified
Black Russell J 17 REPUBLICAN SENATOR MCEA-Qualified
Keim Lisa M 18 REPUBLICAN SENATOR MCEA-Qualified
Hamper James M 19 REPUBLICAN SENATOR MCEA-Qualified
Peters Nelson M. J. Jr. 21 REPUBLICAN SENATOR MCEA-Qualified
Normandeau Scott 32 REPUBLICAN SENATOR MCEA-Qualified
Estes Michael L. 35 REPUBLICAN SENATOR MCEA-Qualified
Dendinger Maia R 5 UNENROLLED SENATOR MCEA-Qualified
Canney Crystal R. 27 UNENROLLED SENATOR MCEA-Qualified

 


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