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Campaign Reforms - Public Financing: Maine

On March 7, 2000 the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit upheld Maine's Clean Election Act in its entirety. Daggett v. Comm'n on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices, 205 F.3d 445 (1st Cir. 2000). The law, the first of its kind in the country, provides for a voluntary full public financing system for statewide and state legislative candidates. The appeals court also upheld $250 contribution limits for state legislative candidates. The ruling marks a major victory for the clean elections movement across the country.

NVRI is proud to have participated in the legal defense of the Maine law, serving as amicus counsel for the Maine People's Alliance. The court's opinion notes the contributions of amici in this case.

NVRI's amicus brief in Daggett v. Webster.