- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 6, 2014

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - A Maine group is rolling out a proposal to modify the state’s Clean Election Act and boost transparency in campaign finance laws.

Maine Citizens for Clean Elections said Tuesday it hopes to get the initiative before voters in November 2015.

The proposal would allow publicly funded candidates to collect additional contributions to qualify for supplemental funds in state legislative and gubernatorial races. Supporters say that’s necessary after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the so-called matching funds provision, which provided Clean Election candidates with extra cash when their privately funded opponents outspend them.

Among other things, the initiative would also boost fines for campaign finance violations and require that some political advertisements include a disclaimer naming the group that sponsored the ad and the group’s top funding sources.

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