Senate Democratic leaders call on Maine Republicans to stop campaign tactics

They are asking them to end the use of fake news websites and campaign mailers funded by the GOP.
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Published: Oct. 20, 2020 at 5:26 PM EDT|Updated: Oct. 21, 2020 at 3:12 PM EDT
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AUGUSTA, Maine (WABI) - Maine Senate Democratic leaders are calling on Maine Republicans to stop what they say are election campaign lies.

They are asking them to end the use of fake news websites and campaign mailers funded by the GOP.

This comes after several Mainers received mailers containing news citations from the Maine Examiner.

The news site is owned by Jason Savage, the current executive director of the Maine Republican Party.

Senate President Troy Jackson says people deserve to have truthful information about candidates.

“We need to file legislation that at minimum makes it clear right at the start on these online sites, who is funding it, where it’s even coming from and make sure there is at least a number people can reach out to to site,” said Jackson. “Let’s run on our own agendas and see which one better resonates with the people of Maine.”

Democrats say while it’s common to use harsh rhetoric and bold claims, this is a clear violation of the public’s trust.

Jackson says if you see an attack ad that doesn’t sit right with you, reach out to the candidate.

In response, the Maine GOP issued this statement:

"Maine Republican Party Chair, Dr. Demi Kouzounas, issued the following statement regarding today’s press conference with the Maine Senate Democrats: “It’s truly telling how scared the Maine Senate Dems are about losing this election,” said Chair Dr. Demi Kouzounas. “Instead of focusing on getting their candidates elected, they are more concerned about holding press conferences about news sources. Well if they are concerned about ‘partisan news’ sources, let’s talk about ‘partisan news’ sources.” “While the Senate Dems are crying wolf about the Maine Examiner, Democrats have been utilizing the Maine Beacon, a dark-money funded, left-wing think tank operated, fake ‘news source’ to prop up their candidates for years. From Sara Gideon, to the Maine Dems, to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, to dark money PACs, and the Maine Senate Democrats themselves, they have all used this left-wing news outlet to prop up their agenda.”

*This story has been updated to include a statement from the Maine GOP.

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