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Green Governor Candidates Run on Clean Election Reforms
27 Mar 2002
Green Party candidates for governor in Maine and Massachusetts are challenging their big-money Democratic and
Republican competition with intense door-to-door campaigns in accord with recently enacted "Clean Elections" reforms in those states.
THE GREEN PARTY OF THE UNITED STATES

MEDIA ADVISORY
For immediate release:
Wednesday, March 27, 2002

Contacts:
Nancy Allen, Media Coordinator, 207-326-4576,
nallen (at) acadia.net
Scott McLarty, Media Coordinator, 202-518-5624,
scottmclarty (at) yahoo.com


GREEN GUBERNATORIAL CANDIDATES IN MAINE AND
MASSACHUSETTS CHALLENGE DEMOCRATS & REPUBLICANS
BY RUNNING 'CLEAN ELECTION' CAMPAIGNS

*** Maine candidate Jonathan Carter announces the
conclusion to the most intensive signature
collection effort in the history of Maine
politics

*** Greens say Democrats and Republicans are
still addicted to the 'Enron Fix': big corporate
checks


WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Green Party candidates for
governor in Maine and Massachusetts are
challenging their big-money Democratic and
Republican competition with intense door-to-door
campaigns in accord with recently enacted "Clean
Elections" reforms in those states.

"Even after passing the minimal reforms of the
McCain-Feingold bill, Democrats and Republicans
are still addicted to big corporate campaign
checks," said Tom Sevigny, a Connecticut Green
Activist and member of the party's national
Steering Committee. "They're already looking for
loopholes in the new law. Greens reject that
kind of influence, and we support democratic
reforms like public funding of election
campaigns."

While Jonathan Carter of Maine and Jill Stein of
Massachusetts are running their campaigns
according to the new Clean Elections rules, the
Democratic and Republican candidates in those
states continue to accept the kind of corporate
lobbyists' money that has compromised and
corrupted politics and public policy.

"Americans are disgusted and outraged at the
hijacking of democracy by corporate money," said
Stuart Shaw, spokesperson for New Jersey Clean
Money United and a member of the Green Party of
New Jersey (Bergen County). "The Enron collapse
revealed the extent to which these lobbies have
purchased favor from both the Clinton and Bush
Administrations and from both Democrats and
Republicans in Congress. It is exactly this
situation we are facing in New Jersey which has
resulted in a financial crisis, a service crisis,
and a environmental crisis. We are gearing up so
that New Jersey citizens can join us to get rid
of the Enron donor-donee system."

MAINE: Jonathan Carter, the Green candidate for
governor of Maine, has collected the 2000
signatures from 10,000 voters registered in the
Green Party. He must now collect 2500 $5
contributions to the Maine Clean Elections Fund
from individual registered voters in the state,
in order to qualify for public financing. The
signature drive involved hundreds of volunteers
working throughout the state, re-organizing lists
and researching addresses, and traveling miles to
the doors of many voters.

"This historic signature collection was
accomplished by a door-to-door effort carried out
by citizens of all political stripes. This was
truly a 'We the People' effort," said Carter.

Maine's new law also requires that candidates who
qualify for Clean Elections funding must not
accept donations from any outside entity,
ensuring that the candidate owes no allegiance to
lobbies seeking favors and influence. Before
qualifying, a candidate may accept no more than
$100 from any individual and no money from PACs,
special interests, or businesses.

The Carter campaign has already begun the next
challenge of raising the required citizens'
contributions.

"The importance of Clean Elections in returning
our government to the people cannot be
overstated," said Carter. "While other
candidates have chosen the power base of special
interests, the Carter campaign's power base will
be the citizens of this great state. We will work
hard to gain their trust and support."

MASSACHUSETTS: In the other Clean Money campaign,
Massachusetts gubernatorial candidate Jill Stein
is encouraged by Carter's effort in Maine.

"This is a real boost to us to see Carter
qualify," said Stein. "The timing, however,
couldn't be better for launching the credible
alternative we offer to politics as usual. With
a crisis in health care and housing, an
unraveling environment, and economic hard times
for so many, people are catching on that the
reign of big money politics as usual has not
served us well. Jonathan Carter's qualifying
will energize our efforts even more. We hope to
be following close behind him."

Stein is a medical doctor who lives in Lexington
with her two children and her husband, a surgeon
at New England Medical Center in Boston.
Attracted to the Greens by the 2000 Nader
campaign, she says her gubernatorial run allows
her to campaign for important solutions to
critical problems, solutions such as single-payer
universal health care, a major goal of the Green
Party.


MORE INFORMATION

The Green Party of the United States
http://gpus.org
http://www.greenpartyus.org

Jonathan Carter campaign for Governor of Maine
http://www.cartergov.com
Johanna Hill, Press Secretary, 207-522-1067,
johanna (at) cartergov.com
Tom Fusco, Campaign Manager, 207-729-8104,
tom (at) cartergov.com

Jill Stein campaign for Governor of Massachusetts
http://www.jillwill.org
http://www.jillforgov.org
Andrew Hinkle, Press Secretary, 617-628-7493,
andrew (at) jillwill.org

Green Party gubernatorial candidates in 2002
Index: http://www.greens.org/elections
Alaska: Desa Jacbosson
California: Peter Miguel Camejo
http://www.votecamejo.org
Iowa: Jay Robinson
http://jay_l_robinson.blogspot.com
Maine: Jonathan Carter http://www.cartergov.com
Massachusetts: Jill Stein
http://www.jillforgov.org
Michigan: Douglas Campbell
http://www.migreenguv.org
Minnesota: Ken Pentel
New Mexico: David Bacon
Pennsylvania: Michael Morrill
http://www.michaelmorrill.org
Texas: Rahul Mahajan
Wisconsin: Jim Young
http://www.young4governor.org


END
See also:
http://gp-us.org
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