Hayes, who currently serves as state treasurer, ssaid a typo in the budget is preventing that funding from being distributed to candidates. She said the money has been appropriated but not allocated as promised.
She says this is not only a disservice to candidates who legally qualify for the funding but to the thousands of Mainers who have donated ahead of this year's election.
"I'm well into the 2018 campaign at this point and it is very difficult to mount an effective campaign for communicating with Mainers without knowing the resources you have at hand," she said. "We want them to keep their word."
Maine Citizens for Clean Elections has filed a lawsuit to force Gov. Paul LePage to release clean election funds to eligible candidates.