Maine business should join effort to end foreign interference in our elections

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Warren Valdmanis is a husband or wife at a Portland-dependent private fairness small business and a member of the Management Now Job. Fletcher Kittredge is founder and CEO of GWI, a Maine fiber infrastructure business.

Just two yrs ago, we in Maine celebrated two generations of statehood — two generations of Mainers building community choices for ourselves. Maine has constantly experienced an unbiased streak, primarily with regards to politics. While Maine liked the 3rd-maximum voter turnout amount in the country in 2020, it is also 1 of a shrinking selection of purple states whose voters tend to chart an impartial class. Sadly, that independence is increasingly endangered by an avalanche of exterior affect and political spending.

Maine has a big difficulty with political shelling out. In Maine’s 2020 U.S. Senate election, exterior groups and the campaigns spent nearly $200 million to influence the consequence, shattering Maine’s preceding campaign shelling out data and diluting the voice of our voters. Possibly a lot more troubling however, Hydro-Quebec, a business exclusively owned by a international federal government, used much more than $22 million in support of the Central Maine Electric power corridor — you nearly surely saw the adverts on tv.