Maine's Clean Elections Fund could lose funding

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AUGUSTA, Maine (WABI) - Some state lawmakers say Maine's Clean Elections Fund could be in jeopardy if a funding fix is not approved by July 1st.

They say a drafting error means the Maine Ethics Commission won't be able to spend any of its own money.

Democrats say Republicans are not allowing an errors and inconsistencies bill to pass the Senate.

The bill would fix any and all errors and typos made during the legislative session and usually passes without any controversy.

"Now, they're trying to take advantage of an unintended draft error to keep people without the funds or connections and keep them out of the political arena," said Senator Troy Jackson.

House Republicans say there are more critical issues to deal with than how politicians finance their campaigns.

The Maine Clean Elections Fund has been approved by voters twice.