"There are a few major contributors who are giving to these campaigns who don't live here in Maine," said Sportsman's Alliance of Maine Executive Director David Trahan. "When the law passes, they do not live by that law."
According to the report, 81 million dollars was contributed to PACs and ballot question committees who supported or opposed ballot initiatives in Maine between 2009 and 2017. It also claims that 71 percent of funds originated from outside sources.
"Maine's initiative and referendum process was established to serve real Mainers," said policy analyst Jacob Posik. "If the outcome of our referendum elections truly represented the will of Maine people, outside groups would not have staked such a prominent financial interest in our state's ballot initiative process."
The 35-page report also offers policy suggestions for the future, but its main goal is to educate the public.
"It's really just to shine a light on how it actually happens," said Maine Heritage Policy Center CEO Matt Gagnon. "To better educate the Maine people so that they can perhaps make a decision that's more informed."
A copy of the full report can be found at the policy center's website, mainepolicy.org.