AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - A new report says Clean Election-funded legislative candidates won 54 percent of the time in November, but fewer candidates were using the system of publicly funded campaigns.
Preliminary data used in the report by Maine Citizens for Clean Elections shows publicly funded candidates' success rate last month exceeded that of privately funded candidates, who won in 39 percent of the races.
But the figures also show that fewer legislative candidates are using the Clean Election system, 62 percent to roughly 80 percent in past years. The lower participation rate follows a Supreme Court decision that struck down a key provision of the Clean Election Act, the so-called matching funds provision.
A full analysis is expected after final fundraising and expenditure reports are filed with the state ethics commission.
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