The Maine Freedom Forum reports that the Center for Constitutional Government has brought suit against the Maine Municipal Association, charging that MMA’s contributions to PACs and campaigns while enjoying federal and state protections as a governmental entity is illegal:
MMA can afford these remarkable expenditures because it is a wealthy organization, taking in millions of dollars each year in dues and administrative fees charged to its various insurance trusts. In 2008, for instance, MMA took in over $10 million dollars – of which over $8 million came from its insurance business. All such political expenditures were authorized by MMA’s Executive Committee, which is composed of municipal officers and officials.
The MMA has opposed a handful of ballot initiatives that would have lowered taxes. A copy of the complaint is linked in the article here.