AUGUSTA — The group backing a statewide ballot effort to require background checks for private gun sales has received a large donation from an out-of-state donor, according to the latest campaign finance reports released this week.
The $125,000 donation from Seattle-based entrepreneur Nicolas Hanauer to the Mainers for Responsible Gun Ownership brought the campaign’s total contributions to more than $2.3 million. The group also received $25,000 from Maine author Stephen King, according to the report from the period ending July 19.
As of Tuesday, opponents of the background checks raised just over $40,000, most of it donated by the National Rifle Association.
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