Legislature, instead of voters, may decide to ban foreign influence in Maine referendums

March 20, 2023

Supporters of a ballot initiative barring foreign governments from influencing Maine referendum campaigns are pushing the Legislature to enact the measure instead of sending it to voters in November.

The Legislature hasn’t enacted a ballot initiative in more than 16 years, but the group Protect Maine Elections is hoping lawmakers will break that streak and join the seven other states that prohibit electioneering by groups owned and controlled by foreign governments in some fashion…

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