Out-of-state donors have poured nearly $1.5 million into Maine’s gubernatorial race — more than quadrupling the amount of money received by the three top gubernatorial candidates in 2010, said a report from Maine Citizens for Clean Elections.
Gov. Paul LePage, a Republican, is widely viewed as one of the most vulnerable governors in the nation. He is being challenged by Rep. Mike Michaud, Democrat, and Eliot Cutler, an independent.
The report released Wednesday showed that out-of-state donors have given $1.47 million to the gubernatorial candidates — nearly 22 percent of total donations. Four years ago, the candidates raised a grand total of $349,709 from out-of-state contributors — more than 5 percent of total giving — over the course of the entire campaign.
“With seven weeks of the most intense fundraising still to go, out-of-state contributors are playing a larger role than ever before in our politics,” Andrew Bossie, executive director of Maine Citizens for Clean Elections, said in a statement. “Without a gubernatorial Clean Election option and with dramatically increased contribution limits, candidates are increasingly using wealthy out-of-state donors to fund their campaigns at the expense of everyday Maine voters.”