20 Mar Help candidates qualify for funding through the Maine Clean Election Act
As you may know, many Democrats are running as Clean Elections candidates so they don’t need to accept money from wealthy donors or special interests — but they do need our help.
Qualifying candidates receive funding that allows them to spend their time reaching out to constituents rather than raising money. In order to qualify for public funds under the Maine Clean Election Act, a candidate must demonstrate a threshold amount of community support by collecting a minimum number of $5 contributions. For legislative candidates, the contributions must be made by registered voters in the candidate’s district, and for candidates for governor the contributions must be made by individuals registered to vote in Maine.
Make your contribution online. The system will tell you which candidates in your area are accepting qualifying contributions and you choose the candidate(s) to contribute $5 to and pay online.
Deadlines for Certification
Candidates for the Legislature must submit their qualifying contributions and the accompanying receipt & acknowledgement forms to the Commission by 5:00 PM on April 20. The deadline for Gubernatorial candidates is 5:00 PM. on April 2.
Qualifying Contribution Collection Periods
Legislative Candidates: from January 1, 2018 – October 16, 2018
Gubernatorial Candidates: from October 15, 2017 – October 16, 2018 (or May 22, 2018 for primary supplemental funds)