September 28, 2020

Opponents keeping faith that ‘independent’ Mainers will reject Bloomberg gun control push

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Opponents of a Maine ballot initiative that would require background checks for all firearms sales and transfers have raised less than 2 percent of the money that supporters of the Michael R. Bloomberg-backed gun safety measure have collected.

It’s a bitter pill to swallow for Todd Tolhurst, president of Gun Owners of Maine, who is hoping to drum up enough opposition to persuade residents to reject the ballot measure in November.

“There’s a quite a bit of disparity there,” Mr. Tolhurst said of the lopsided financial support. “The massive amount of money that the other side has available to them to buy staffing, to buy advertising, to get the message out, makes this very much a David and Goliath contest. And the smart money is on Goliath.”

But it’s also why Mr. Tolhurst likes to point out the source of the money donated to support the initiative, in hopes that independent Mainers will cast aside the background check measure as they did a 2014 initiative to curtail bear hunts that also received the bulk of its funding from out-of-state interest groups.<<<Read More>>>

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