For Immediate Release
Common Cause Hails Maine Vote for Accountable Elections
Statement by Common Cause President Miles Rapoport
WASHINGTON - As is their custom, Mainers are leading the way for the nation. In 1996, they adopted the first statewide system for public financing of elections. Their strong vote today for accountable elections further underscores their determination to make our democracy work for everyone; it reflects the sentiments of millions of Americans who are determined to rein in the power of big money and refocus our politics on issues important to citizens.
In approving Question 1, Maine has shifted the discussion about money in politics away from the problems caused by the Citizens United decision to a focus on how and when states will solve them. Mainers have determined that those who break the election laws will be held accountable, that future Maine voters will know who is spending money to influence votes, and that future candidates will be able to run and win without relying on big money donors.
Common Cause is a nonpartisan, nonprofit advocacy organization founded in 1970 by John Gardner as a vehicle for citizens to make their voices heard in the political process and to hold their elected leaders accountable to the public interest.