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An independent expenditure is defined in the Maine Election Law (21-A M.R.S.A. § 1019-B) to mean any expenditure for a communication (e.g., palm cards, newspaper or other media advertisements, phone banks, etc.) that expressly advocates the election or defeat of a clearly identified candidate.
In addition, payments or obligations made to design, produce or disseminate a communication are presumed to be independent expenditures if the communication 1) is disseminated within 21 days before a primary election or within 35 days before the general election, 2) names or depicts a clearly identified candidate, and 3) involves a race in which a Maine Clean Election Act certified candidate is running.
Certain expenditures do not constitute independent expenditures:
Anyone who makes independent expenditures aggregating more than $100 per candidate must file an Independent Expenditure Report.
For more information about independent expenditures, please see Advice Regarding Independent Expenditures for the 2012 Elections.
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