MCCE Releases Second ‘Money in Politics’ Report, Detailing Top 10 Privately Funded Candidates

Posted on July 19, 2012. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , |

This morning, Maine Citizens for Clean Elections released their second report detailing money in Maine politics. (A link to the first report, PACs Unlimited: How Legislator PACs Distort Maine Politics)

The Leader Board: Maine’s Top Legislative Fundraisers and How They Earned Their Spots looks at the ten candidates who have raised the most private money for their own campaigns between 2002 and 2012. While some have raised a lot of money over many campaigns and others have had just one or two very expensive races, these candidates (5 Republicans and 5 Democrats) “epitomize fundraising under the private funding option”.

Andrew Bossie, MCCE Executive Director: “Our analysis shows distinct styles of fundraising. There are the wealthy self funders, the ones who rely largely on corporations and political action committees, and the candidates who raise money from a broad array of sources, including many individual donors.”

The list:

1. John D. Linnehan of Ellsworth (GOP)
2. Paul L. Tessier of Fairfield (Dem)
3. Christopher G. Hall of Bristol (Dem)
4. State Sen. Bill Diamond (D-Cumberland)
5. State Sen. Nancy Sullivan (D-York)
6. State Rep. Dana Dow (R-Waldoboro)
7. Former State Sen. Dennis Damon (D-Hancock)
8. State Sen. Debra Plowman (R-Penobscot)
9. Frank Farrington of Bangor (GOP)
10. Gerald M. Davis of Falmouth (GOP)

From MCCE:

The Money in Politics Project is a series of twelve reports about the role and effect of money on Maine politics. The reports combine a review of publicly available campaign finance data with on-the-ground analysis of how money influences Maine’s elections, government, and public policy. Maine Citizens for Clean Elections launched this project because money in politics is an issue of vital concern to the people of Maine, one that goes to the heart of our democratic system.

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