People’s Veto 

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

financial mismatch.

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.