Woodard Takes Matters Into His Own Hands

Maine journalist and author Colin Woodard has been waging a one-man war for transparency in local politics. See this article or this radio piece for some of his reporting about how town and city governments across the state have been destroying records of political contributions only two years after an election, potentially obscuring the public's knowledge of who is supporting local politicians, and what conflicts of interest they may have.

Woodard has decided to take whatever records he can find and make them publicly (and one hopes permanently) available online at his own website. He is currently hosting photos of contribution reports from Portland's city council races for the past three years and offers to host other records that are sent his way.