“While this is a step in the right direction, it only solves half of the problem.”

AUGUSTA – After being directed by Judge William Stokes of the Maine Superior Court, Governor LePage’s administration will finally release more than $1 million in Clean Elections that the governor held up by refusing to sign routine financial orders.

Speaker of the House Sara Gideon released the following statement:

“Democrats, Republicans and Independents who qualify for the Maine Clean Elections program should be able to receive their disbursements without the courts being involved. It’s a simple fact that this twice voter-approved system creates trust, encourages participation in our electoral system, and enhances the accountability of elected officials to their constituents. While it is a step in the right direction that the LePage Administration will finally allow the Ethics Commission to release the funds candidates qualified for before July 1st, it only solves half the problem.  House Republicans still need to honor their own word and votes by fixing the unintended drafting error so that the Clean Elections program can run as it was designed and as supported by law.”