- Associated Press - Friday, October 2, 2015

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Maine’s ethics commission is sending a proposal designed to shed more light on who’s donating to large political organizations to the Legislature.

The Portland Press Herald reports (https://bit.ly/1KQHS2M ) the panel voted 4-1 Thursday to send the proposal for ratification.

More than $13 million was spent by just five political action committees in on the November 2014 election in Maine. But current law allows the organizations bankrolling the committees to shield the names of donors.

The proposal would require the organizations to reveal their major donors.

Jonathan Wayne, who drafted the proposal, says it’s more significant than typical ethics commission legislation. But he says it’s designed to address a “troubling trend” in state elections.

The proposal was met with resistance by commission member Richard Nass. He says it could become an administrative “disaster.”


Information from: Portland Press Herald, https://www.pressherald.com

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