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The Maine Clean Election Act

The Maine Clean Election Act (MCEA) established a voluntary program of full public financing of political campaigns for candidates running for Governor, State Senator, and State Representative. Maine voters passed the MCEA as a citizen initiative in 1996. Candidates who choose to participate may accept very limited private contributions at the beginning of their campaigns (seed money contributions). To become eligible, candidates must demonstrate community support through collecting a minimum number of checks or money orders of $5 more made payable to the Maine Clean Election Fund (qualifying contributions). After a candidate begins to receive MCEA funds from the State, he or she cannot accept private contributions, and almost all goods and services received must be paid for with MCEA funds.

In 2015, Maine voters passed another citizen initiative to improve and strengthen the Maine Clean Election Act. Certified candidates in contested general elections will be able to continue to collect qualifying contributions in order to receive supplemental payments of public campaign funds.

For an overview of the MCEA program since 2000, click here.

For more detailed information, please read the Maine Clean Election Act statute and Chapter 3 of the Ethics Commission Rules.

To make a qualifying contribution click here. Thank you!