(Nov. 3, 2014) – The Maine Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices denied a request to investigate the Maine Wildlife Conservation Council’s nondisclosure of campaign contributions from the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. Katie Hansberry, campaign director for Mainers for Fair Bear Hunting, issued the following statement:
“The commission's decision means that the State can spend unlimited amounts of money telling citizens how to vote, without ever having to disclose it to anyone. This is a misuse of government funds, and it runs against the principle of transparency in our elections. The Legislature should take up this issue in 2015 in the interest of clean elections.”
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Maine Bear Hunting Reform Narrowly Rejected by Voters
Mainers for Fair Bear Hunting expressed disappointment about the election results on Question 1, but thanked more than a quarter million Mainers who voted to end bear baiting, hounding, and trapping.
"We are grateful to so many Maine voters for supporting this proposed reform, and we look forward to working with them and with ‘no’ and non-voters to outlaw the practices of bear hounding and trapping, because we believe there’s substantial agreement on that issue."