Banning Foreign Involvement in Maine Referendums?

Bills LD 194 & 479 are soon to be considered by the Maine Legislature and would ban foreign involvement in Maine’s referendum elections.

Do these bills prohibit the free flow of information and ideas and violate our First Amendment rights, or is prohibiting foreign influence in any part of our election process paramount and a sensible extension of federal precedent and existing case law? You be the judge!

At this brown-bag dialogue two attorneys well-versed in these bills, Timothy Woodcock and John Brautigam, discuss the merits and First Amendment implications of both points of view. The session was moderated by Jonathan Piper, Of Counsel at PretiFlaherty, LLP.

This Zoom / Facebook Live was recorded on May 26, 2021. Q&A with Participants included at the end.

Please click on the images below to see our speakers’ biographies.