Follow the Money
Campaign spending provides one of the only concrete windows into party jockeying for power. The Maine Monitor examines and tracks how campaign fundraising and spending shapes the races for Maine’s federal and state offices using interactive data dashboards and data-driven storytelling.
Mills outraises LePage in latest campaign donation period
The Monitor’s data visualization provides a deeper look at the donations to the Democratic incumbent and her Republican challenger.
How record sums of money have shaped Maine’s 2020 elections
The Maine Monitor investigated campaign finance trends in this year’s state and federal races. Here are our top findings.
Follow the Money: Maine State Campaign Finance Tracker
Campaign spending provides one of the only concrete windows into party jockeying for power in Maine’s Legislature. Explore trends in fundraising and spending with the Maine Monitor’s interactive data dashboards.
Follow the Money: Maine Federal Campaign Finance Tracker
Explore trends in fundraising and spending for Maine’s federal elections in 2020 using The Maine Monitor’s interactive data dashboards.
Ethics Commission fines leading Republican senator $9K for campaign finance violations
The Maine Ethics Commission imposed a $9,000 fine Aug. 30 on the assistant majority leader of the Maine Senate for campaign finance violations.
Legislators use timing and creative wording to skirt spirit of fundraising rules
An examination of campaign records and fundraising techniques shows how Maine statehouse politicians have found creative ways ways to skirt the spirit of laws meant to limit the influence of special interests.
Maine political fundraising in full bloom
We are taking a look at Maine political fundraising, finding out about all the fundraising parties and then telling you about them.
Maine Democrats play middleman between wealthy Clinton donors and national party
Wealthy donors nationwide have sent nearly $100,000 to the Maine Democratic Party as part of a coordinated fundraising program called the Hillary Victory Fund. But not all of that money is staying in the state: 40 percent of it has already been transferred to the Democratic National Committee.
Ethics board urges changing law that allowed legislator to pay himself from his PAC
Maine’s ethics agency has proposed legislation that would tighten up lax regulations that allowed a Sanford legislator to pay himself and family members from political action committee funds he controlled.
As election neared, millions poured into Maine
In the last 13 days before Election Day, state campaign finance records show millions of dollars coming in, millions going out – much of it for the heated race for governor.
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