October 1, 2009 Commission Meeting
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Meeting of October 1, 2009, 9:00 a.m.
Burton M. Cross Office Building, Room 208,
111 Sewall Street, Augusta, Maine
1. Ratification of Minutes of the July 30, 2009 and September 8, 2009 Meetings
2. Investigation of Maine Leads
At its May 28, 2009 meeting, the Commission directed its staff to investigate whether Maine Leads was required to register and file campaign finance reports as a political action committee or as a ballot question committee. The staff has completed its investigation. Staff recommendation: the staff recommends finding that Maine Leads violated 21-A M.R.S.A. § 1056-B by not filing campaign finance reports covering the fall of 2007, 2008, and early 2009.
3. Request to Investigate Stand for Marriage Maine PAC and its Contributors (National Organization for Marriage)
The Commission received a request from Fred Karger of Californians against Hate to investigate the Stand for Marriage Maine political action committee (PAC) and some of its contributors. The staff invited responses from the PAC and one of its major contributors, the National Organization for Marriage.
4. Request to Investigate Organizations Opposed to TABOR
David Crocker of TABOR NOW requests that the Commission investigate four organizations that have spent money to oppose the Taxpayer Bill of Rights initiative (Maine People’s Alliance, Maine Can Do Better, Maine Center for Economic Policy, and the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities) to determine if they were required to register and file campaign finance reports as ballot question committees. Staff recommendations: the staff recommends that the Commission find that two of the organizations were late in registering as ballot question committees.
5. Request for Waiver of Late-Filing Penalty/Lobbyist John Anton
John Anton became the registered lobbyist for the Maine Affordable Housing Coalition in 2009. His monthly lobbying report due September 15, 2009 was filed two days late. The preliminary penalty amount for the late filing is $100. Mr. Anton requests a waiver because “[t]he administrative support person who ensured the timely filing of these reports left [the] organization.” Mr. Anton filed all other reports on time since 2009. Staff recommendation: the staff recommends granting no waiver and assessing a penalty of $100.
6. Questions from 2010 Gubernatorial Candidate Lynne Williams
Lynne Williams has registered as a candidate for Governor in 2010. She has declared an intention to qualify for Maine Clean Election Act funding. Her campaign manager wishes to receive advice from the members of the Commission relating to qualifying for the funding.
7. Presentation of Audit Reports
The Commission staff will present two audit reports of 2009 legislative candidates. The reports contain minor findings of violation.