Maine Public Financing of Gubernatorial Campaigns, Question 1 (1989)

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The Maine Public Financing of Gubernatorial Campaigns Initiative, also known as Question 1, was on the November 7, 1989 ballot in Maine as an indirect initiated state statute, where it was defeated.[1] The measure would have established a voluntary system of public financing of gubernatorial campaigns. A public fund would have been created allowing each taxpayer to direct $1 of his or her annual state income tax to be assigned for the purposes of financing gubernatorial election campaigns. Candidates for governor could have then receive $2 from the fund for every $1 they received in campaign contributions of $250 or less, as long as they agreed not to spend more than $400,000 in a primary election and $600,000 in the general election. They would also have been required to not accept campaign contributions from any entity other than a natural person and to not spend more than $25,000 on their or their spouses' money on the campaign. The candidates who used these fund would have also been required to raise at least $25,000 in amounts of no greater than $250 per contribution. Candidates who choose not to accept public financing for their campaigns would not have been subject to any of these restrictions, if the measure had passed.[2]

Election results

Maine Question 2 (1989)
Defeatedd No126,14056.14%
Yes 98,558 43.86%

Election results via: Maine State Law and Legislative Reference Library, Votes on Initiated Bills 1980-

Text of measure

The language appeared on the ballot as:[2]

Do you Favor the Changes in Maine Law Concerning Campaign Finances for Candidates for Governor, as Proposed by Citizen Petition? [3]

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