AUGUSTA — Should corporate campaign donations be banned in Maine?
A lot of people say there is too much money in politics. The 2020 election was the most expensive political campaign in Maine history.
Sen. Louis Luchini, a Democrat from Ellsworth, said this legislation will put more safeguards on state elections.
“It has the goal of reducing the amount of money spent in Maine elections, reducing the overwhelming influence of corporations and hopefully will restore trust in our government,” Luchini said.
Senate President Troy Jackson, a Democrat from Allagash, said enforcing this measure will help make sure votes are not for sale.
“I mean that is what people vote for us for. They want us in their corner. They want us fighting for them,” said Jackson. “Not for some far-off corporation that sends the check every now and then.”
Chris Hafford, a supporter of the bill, said large companies will still have an impact on elections.
“They are still going to be able to talk with politicians about issues that they care about, gonna be able to testify in Augusta,” said Chris Hafford, We’re just saying that’s what normal people do. We don’t give thousands and thousands of dollars to try and influence politicians.”
Rep. Rachel Talbott Ross, a Democrat from Portland, said Mainers need to be at the forefront of the most pressing issues.
“We need voices who are telling us that they need lower costs on prescriptions, more affordable housing, solutions to the climate crisis, and lower property taxes,” said Ross.
ABC 7 and Fox 22 reached out to the Republican party for comment but have yet to hear back.
The bill will be discussed further at a virtual public hearing at 9 a.m. Monday. To sign up to testify in favor or against, click here