Sen. Elizabeth “Libby” Mitchell wants it both ways

Sen. Elizabeth “Libby” Mitchell wants it both ways

November 20, 2009 Posted by Maine Heritage Policy Center - No Comments

Senate President and Gubernatorial candidate Libby Mitchell (D), as well as Blaine House hopeful Senator Peter Mills (R) are upset because there isn’t enough taxpayer dollars to fund their personal campaigns for the state’s top job.

The two candidates, among others, are running “clean”, with clean elections funds that are drawn from taxpayer dollars. Each candidate will get $400,000 for the primary and $600,000 for the general election initially and could receive up to double that amount in matching funds.

So Sen. Mitchell and Sen. Mills want to use your money to run their campaigns, but that’s not enough. Now, with word that the clean elections money is underfunded (doesn’t Sen. Mitchell have to take some responsibility for that as President of the Senate?) these two entrenched Augusta politicians are asking for special permission  to raise money to go along with the millions of taxpayer dollars they will undoubtedly receive to run their campaigns.

Two long-time Augusta insiders with lots of connections to fund-raise who have chosen to take public money (lots of it) to campaign with are now whining because they might not get every dime they need. Now they want favors from their August friends to allow them to have it both ways.

What’s “clean” about that?