November 19, 2009 Commission Meeting
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Meeting of November 19, 2009, 10:00 a.m.
Burton M. Cross Office Building, Room 208,
111 Sewall Street, Augusta, Maine
1. Ratification of Minutes of the October 1, 2009 Meetings
2. Draft Report on Maine Clean Election Fund
The Commission staff wishes to present a draft version of a report to the Governor and the Legislature on the sufficiency of the Maine Clean Election Fund fore 2010 elections. The report is due by January 1, 2010.
3. Public Hearing on Rulemaking/Shortfall in Maine Clean Election Fund
At the September 8, 2009 meeting, the Commission agreed to accept comments on proposed amendments to the Commission’s rule regarding the procedures for authorizing Maine Clean Election Act candidates to accept campaign contributions if there is insufficient money in the Maine Clean Election Fund. The Commission will hold a public hearing to receive public comment on the proposed amendments. The Commission expects to adopt a rule at its January meeting.
4. Request by TABOR NOW to Investigate the City of South Portland
David Crocker of the TABOR NOW campaign has requested that the Commission investigate whether the City of South Portland was required to register and file reports as a ballot question committee.
5. Request by Maine Leads for Waiver of Late-Filing Penalties
At the October 1, 2009 meeting, the Commission directed Maine Leads to file campaign finance reports as a ballot question committee to disclose its financial activities in support of three citizen initiatives in 2007 and 2008. Maine Leads requests a waiver of the late-filing penalties.
6. Update on Investigation of National Organization for Marriage
At the October 1, 2009 meeting, the Commission authorized the staff to investigate whether the National Organization for Marriage was required to register and file campaign finance reports as a ballot question committee. The Commission staff wishes to discuss the scope of its investigation of the organization.
7. Developing Ethical Standards for the Executive Branch
In the 2009 session, the Maine Legislature adopted Resolve Chapter 88, which requires the Commission to develop proposed ethical standards for the executive branch of Maine state government. The Commission staff wishes to discuss the second draft of the report. The report is due December 3, 2009.
Question from Lynne Williams Campaign