AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — New donors will now be able to give up to $3,000 to a candidate for Maine governor.
The Maine ethics commission adopted the policy Wednesday after a federal judge ruled that supporters of independent candidate Eliot Cutler should be allowed to donate as much as they can to major party candidates.
Before Wednesday’s decision, a donor to the Democratic and Republican party candidates could give $1,500 before the June 10 primaries and then another $1,500 for the general election cycle — for a total of $3,000. Independent candidates were limited to collecting $1,500 total because they don’t have a primary.
Cutler supporters said the rule was unfair, particularly because neither Republican Gov. Paul LePage nor Democrat Mike Michaud had a primary opponent.