RELEASE: YES On 4 Leads in New Poll, Earns Support of Business Community

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RELEASE: YES On 4 Leads in New Poll, Earns Support of Business Community

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
OCTOBER 28, 2009

PORTLAND – The YES On 4 | TABOR NOW campaign held a press conference in Portland today to highlight new poll results showing more Maine voters support Question 4 to limit government spending and require voter approval of spending and tax hikes. At the press conference, the YES On 4 campaign also highlighted the support from Maine’s business community.

A Critical Insights poll of 600 likely Maine voters, conducted October 23-26, shows YES On Question 4 leading with 47 percent. 8 percent remain undecided, while 45 percent are opposed to the measure. These results come after the opposition campaign outspent proponents at a rate of 12 to 1.

At the event, an analysis of opponents’ funding sources was also provided. Based on funding reports, Citizens Unified to Protect Maine’s Future, the principal political action committee (PAC) working to defeat tax and spending relief, raised $1,892,874 between July 16 and October 20.

PAC reports reveal that, in donations and in-kind contributions, 67 percent of their funding, $1,274,216, came from union bosses and out-of-state special interests including the SEIU, the National Education Association and other forced union dues-funded Big Labor groups. 20 percent of their funding, $370,000, came from S. Donald Sussman, a Connecticut resident and Wall Street hedge fund founder whose firm received $200 million in taxpayer-funded bailout money. Another $170,219—9 percent of Citizens Unified’s funding—was received from the Maine Municipal Association, which is funded entirely by Mainers’ property tax dollars. Less than 1 percent of the group’s funding was raised from Maine citizens.

“Follow the money, and it becomes clear,” said Tarren Bragdon, CEO of the Maine Heritage Policy Center. “Even though opponents of Question 4 are outspending us at a rate of 12 to 1, they are running a campaign funded by union bosses and DC special interests, an out-of-state Wall Street bailout recipient, and our own tax dollars. But still, YES On 4 continues to lead in the polls and attract the support of Maine’s citizens and business community.”

The press conference also highlighted the support for Question 4 among Maine’s business community. The YES on 4 campaign has received endorsements from the Portland Regional Chamber, the Androscoggin Chamber of Commerce, Maine Motor Transport Association, Associated Builders and Contractors of Maine, Maine Merchants Association and many small business owners across the State.

Chris Hall, Senior Vice President-Government Affairs for the Portland Regional Chamber, spoke in support of Question 4 at the event. “We encourage Maine’s business community to support a YES On Question 4 vote, to achieve the tax-and-spending predictability and responsible fiscal policies that will attract new jobs and investment to Maine,” Hall said. “Question 4 is our chance to create a thriving economy that will help us improve the services Maine offers its residents, and create new opportunities for success.”

Question 4 on the November 3 ballot asks: “Do you want to change the existing formulas that limit state and local government spending and require voter approval by referendum for spending over those limits and for increases in state taxes?”

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David Crocker, Chairman david@tabornow.com
YES On 4 | TABOR NOW

Virgil Kane
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The money raised by opponents

The money raised by opponents of Question 4 is remarkable. That almost all of it comes from out of state interests and our own tax dollars being used against us is front page material. Only 1% of the opposition money comes from Mainers!!
The state says that the fundraising reports are needed to inform the voters who supports the ballot measures about the interests supporting or opposing them.
I have read more than one media report stating that out of state groups provided x amount of dollars to put question 4 on the ballot. I challenge one single major paper or tv news program to highlight the overhwelming amount of spending by opponents to Question 4, and how more than $1.5 million dollars has come from out of state to fight this effort by Maine people. And then point out these resent poll numbers that show Maine people still favor Question 4 despite hearing all the lying ads funded by out of state money and funneled tax dollars.

Apollo
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The Critical Insights Poll is

The Critical Insights Poll is probably skewed towards liberals anyway.

J. McKane
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"But in poll results released

"But in poll results released Monday, support for TABOR — Question 4 on the ballot — had fallen to 39.8 percent with 46.3 percent opposing the measure."
http://www.bangordailynews.com/detail/126937.html

Interesting difference in the polls.

JustSayNo
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Special to Mr. Procter: Every

Special to Mr. Procter:

Every time you publish a poll showing Tabor ahead
all you accomplish is another half million dollars contributed
by the folks who are determined to defeat Tabor.

Steven Scharf
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If we can't beat them at the

If we can't beat them at the ballot box, at least we can drain their bank accounts and make it more difficult to fight us next time.

Steven Scharf
SCSMedia@aol.com

Dan Billings
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People are more likely to be

People are more likely to be motivated and keep working to the end if they think they can win. Balancing the coverage of polls is important.

Talk to your friends and neighbors. Question 4 is a toss up.

JustSayNo
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Will do. And I hope you're

Will do.
And I hope you're right.

Dan Billings
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The No side has their own

The No side has their own polls. They know they are in a dog fight that is why they are pulling out all the stops.

Martin
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Naran
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Amen to Dan's comments

Amen to Dan's comments above.

Meanwhile, whoever put up the Yes on Four signs around Kennebunk has done a nice job. They're all in prime locations, which means good visibility and difficult to steal and/or trash.

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