LaMarche (sort of) Leading the Pack

It sounds like the Green Party’s Maine gubernatorial candidate Pat LaMarche may have the most cash on hand, at the moment anyway. At least that’s according to this story on the recent campaign finance report filings which states that she’s received $200,000 in clean elections financing and has yet to tap into it yet.

Democratic Governor John Baldacci continues to lead the pack in campaign contributions in this year’s Blaine House race.

Finance reports were due Tuesday. Including donations from the previous reporting period, Baldacci has raised 383,692 dollars. Subtracting when he’s spent, Baldacci has 160,982 in cash on hand.

Republican State Senators Peter Mills of Cornville and Chandler Woodcock of Farmington have each received 200,000 dollars by qualifying for Clean Election funds. Mills has 159,720 in cash on hand, and Woodcock has 180,507 dollars in cash to spend.

Fellow Republican David Emery, a former congressman from Saint George who’s privately financed, has raised a total of 96,145 dollars and spent 92,584 dollars, leaving 3,560 dollars in cash.

Green Independent candidate Pat LaMarche has also received 200,000 dollars by qualifying for public campaign financing, and no expenditures.

Christopher Miller of Gray, who’s challenging Baldacci in the Democratic primary June 13th, reports raising 2,740 dollars and has 514 dollars in cash.

5 Responses to “LaMarche (sort of) Leading the Pack”

  1. Tim West Says:

    I hope to God the LP takes public money in 2008. It’s 100% donated money, not tax money, voluntary contributions only.

    You can give 3 bucks to it or not give 3 bucks as you see fit. I know most dont agree, but I think it’s basically a user fee.

  2. undercover_anarchist Says:

    I thought I was the only libertarian who thought that public money for elections was not the worst idea in the history of western civilization.

    There are few legitimate functions of government, but maintaining fair, open, and free elections is one of them. I am vehemently opposed to the stifling of speech and corruption caused by recent “campaign finance reform.” I am equally appaled at the corruption of legalized bribery that funds the major parties.

    It seems to me that a common ground can be found: Eliminate all campaign finance restrictions, save for timely disclosure, but also make some public money available to candidates who opt in to some type of scheme (i.e. self-imposed spending limits). Raising funds for this purpose seems like a legitimate function of government, and could be borne equally by taxpayers at no great expense: A $1 fee per dependenent claimed on federal income taxes could easily fund all federal elections. A $1 fee per vehicle registration could easily fund all state elections. The feds could allow tax credited contributions to the “public elections fund” of up to X amount ($2000) for those who were really gung-ho about the project. The states could do the same.

  3. Citizens For A Better Veterans Home Says:

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    Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights
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    [email protected]

  4. Maine Green Says:

    Hello folks,
    First off, I’d like to say that the clean elections system in maine is truly an amazing thing. It allows for candidates to get out of the PAC/Union/Corporate candidate purchasing scheme that is used in all other states save vermont and arizona.
    Pat LaMarche is doing quite well from what i understand. I am currently a student and am located in Baltimore Md, so I’m not on the ground up there, but from what I have read, she is getting good press coverage, has qualified for funding, has been getting invited to forums where all 11 (or so) candidates are being invited too. She recieved some somewhat dubious award from the League of Pissed Off Voters for being the best ‘blind date’ candidate (http://www.thewestendnews.blogspot.com/).
    Maine is a state where the Green Party is seen as pretty viable. We have a representative in the State House, and in portland 4 of the 9 seats are held by greens (all seats are technically non-partisan) Patty should do well in maine especially since people are quite dissollusioned with Baldacci. Heres to hoping that maine has the first green Governer!

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