"Cover Story" piece on a legislative blunder that left the newly formed Maine Et
"Cover Story" piece on a legislative blunder that left the newly formed Maine Ethics Commission deadlocked on a high-profile campaign dispute. The commission, which is charged with enforcing a law that gives state money to candidates who agree to fundraising limitations, met last week to decide the case of the Maine Democratic Party versus Jonathan Carter. The Democrats charged that Carter, a Green Independent gubernatorial candidate seeking up to $1.2 million in public money, with violating the law by using poll results to improperly promote his candidacy. The commission deadlocked after a four-hour debate, with the two Democrats and two Republicans voting on opposite sides of the issue. A fifth member of the commission put forth by legislative leaders and Gov. Angus King was thought to have been an independent, but turned out to be a registered Democrat. As that would have given Democrats a majority on the commission, another candidate is being sought. In the meantime, the commission is polarized.
Maine Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices
Barker, Chris, ""Cover Story" piece on a legislative blunder that left the newly formed Maine Et" (2002). Maine News Index – Maine Times. 6007.