WATCH: Ask the I-Team: Do political ads in Maine have to disclose who's funding them?

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With Election Day less than two months away, you may have noticed more ads on tv, in the mail and on social media.

One of the big issues this year is Question 1, asking Mainers if they want to ban CMP's controversial transmission line and others like it in the future.

A “yes” vote means you're opposed to the project. A “no” vote means you support it.

Doug asked the CBS13 I-Team:

The opposition ads from supporters of the project currently running on our air include fine print at the bottom that says: “Paid for by Mainers for Fair Laws.

The CBS13 I-Team checked with the Ethics Commission and it turns out the rules depend somewhat on spending.

Under Maine law, if a political communication intended to influence a ballot question costs more than $500 to produce and distribute, it must clearly and conspicuously state the name and address of the person who made or financed the ad.

If it costs less than $500, that information isn’t required.

As for "Mainers for Fair Laws,” the group registered as a ballot question committee in August.

According to an initial filing, the group received more than $400,000 worth of staff time and media buys from “Clean Energy Matters,” a political action committee founded by Central Maine Power and NECEC Transmission LLC, which is the new firm created by CMP’s parent company Avangrid, to manage the project.

Campaign finance reports show spending on this ballot question topped $15 million in just the first half of the year, a number that will likely soar between now and November 2.

If you have something you want to ask the CBS13 I-Team, send it to [email protected].

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  • Sandra Howard
    published this page in News 2021-09-15 08:34:45 -0400