For Immediate Release
February 14, 2011
Facebook Campaign Expressing Opposition to LePage Poised to Gain 5,000th Member
Startup Effort Preparing to Ship 7,500 Bumper Stickers Reminding Maine Governor that 61% Voted for Other Candidates
Portland, ME – Membership in a Facebook group called “We are the 61% of Maine that did not vote for Paul LePage” is expected to surpass 5,000 today. In just 6 weeks of operation, the group has become one of the largest online political efforts in Maine and spun off a bumper sticker campaign that will soon establish a solid “offline” presence on the state's roadways.
“We started this effort as a pilot project, but it quickly went viral. As far as we know, this is the first time in Maine's history that an organic, grassroots political movement of this magnitude has come together in such a short period of time,” said Chris Korzen, a Portland activist who launched the campaign in late December with collaborator Jack Woods. “People are clearly unhappy with what they're hearing from Governor LePage, and they want to remind him to represent all Mainers, not just the minority that voted for him.”
The initial outpouring of support prompted Korzen and Woods to launch a companion web site at www.MainesMajority.org earlier this month and to begin taking orders for “61%” bumper stickers. They upped their initial print run from 1,000 to 7,500 stickers due to overwhelming demand, and this week will fill orders for the first 3,700 pieces.
“When we crossed the 2,000-member mark, folks started posting messages on our Facebook page asking what to do next,” said Korzen. “Someone suggested stickers, so we held a design contest and let members vote on the top submissions. People are doing more than just clicking 'Like.' They are interacting, telling their friends, and looking to this effort as an opportunity to become more actively engaged in Maine's democratic process.”
On the web:
- “We are the 61% of Maine that did not vote for Paul LePage” Facebook page
- “Maine's Majority"
- 61% bumper stickers
MainesMajority.org is an independent effort to speak for the values shared by the majority of Maine's citizens. We are not affiliated with any organization, candidate, or political party.