New financial disclosure reports confirm
that Maine’s people’s veto campaign – over whether to retain new
beverage taxes to bolster the state’s Dirigo Health program – is a
The group leading the tax repeal effort has raised more than $2
million, records indicate, while defenders of the pending law have
raised less than $200,000.
Fed Up With Taxes, a political action committee backed by
beverage companies, Maine businesses and the Maine State Chamber of
Commerce, raised money from bottlers of national soda brands and
other beverage industry sources.
For the group called Health Coverage for Maine, $40,000 came
from the American Medical Association.