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This reminds me that I hate the clean election system. It has become simply another entitlement program like medicaid. As a taxpayer I do not feel that [b]any[/b] public funds should be spent on elections except for the costs of holding the them, counting votes etc. Let candidates raise their own funds if they want to run. If they cannot afford to run--too bad! As far as their beholding to "vested interests" goes--they probably will be anyway.
The rules are very clear, the reports have to be filed and the money returned. This is fraud and should be treated as such.
The Clean Elections system has not reduced the amount of money going into the campaigns, in fact a lot more goes in now than before 'Clean Election'. Ways have been found for lobbyists and special interests to spend their money. As this report clearly shows, the system is violated, this is not a one time deal, it has happened over and over.
The only thing this system has done it has made it very difficult to raise money privately. With the limits of $250 for house and senate candidates and $500 for governor it is very difficult to raise the money needed. Also, as Woodcock found out, 'Clean Elections'do not provide enough money to run a good campaign, if you are running for governor.
This should be repealed, it won't but it should be.
[quote]The amounts range from $5,988.29 in the case of Democrat Arthur Clement of Clinton, to $140.73 in the case of Republican David Hughes of Lewiston, according to the commission.
The other candidates, and the amounts at issue, are Republican Debra Reagan of Sanford ($4,518); Democrat Thomas Bossie of Casco ($4,080); and Republican Paul Nixon of South Portland ($1,762).[/quote]
[quote][b]All but one reimburse state election fund[/b]
By PAUL CARRIER, Staff Writer Portland Press Herald Tuesday, March 27, 2007
AUGUSTA - Four unsuccessful legislative candidates who faced possible legal action for failing to return or account for thousands of dollars in state campaign funds by the December 2006 deadline have since paid up.
The lone holdout among the five candidates is Debra Reagan of Sanford, a Republican who lost her bid for the Maine House of Representatives last November.[/quote]
The article states they've had zero response from her, despite 8 attempts to reach her via mail, phone, and email.
She has neither returned the $4,518 she received, nor accounted for how she spent it.
welfare fraud for politicians
Since Augusta has totally failed in its attempts to locate this former candidate there are several possible scenarios:
She is in Iraq defending our country.
She has moved from Maine with no forwarding address.
She is in jail already.
She never existed in the first place and Augusta got scammed.