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Commission Actions
Meeting of December 12, 2013, at 1:30 p.m.
45 Memorial Circle, Augusta, Maine

Present: Walter F. McKee, Esq., Chair; Margaret E. Matheson, Esq.; Michael T. Healy, Esq.
By phone: André G. Duchette, Esq.; Hon. Jane Amero 
Staff:  Jonathan Wayne, Executive Director; Phyllis Gardiner, Counsel

1. Misreporting of 2011 Campaign Contributions/Lewiston Casino PACs

The Commission is continuing to investigate whether Green Jobs for ME and People of Lewiston-Auburn Committee filed complete and accurate financial reports concerning campaign contributions and expenditures to promote a casino in Lewiston in 2011.  The Commission considered expanding the enforcement proceeding to determine whether M Five, Inc. qualified as a political action committee and whether Scott Nash, Ryan Hill, and Dwayne Graham should be considered primary fundraisers, decision-makers, or officers of People of Lewiston Auburn Committee who may be held jointly responsible for any civil penalties assessed against the PAC.

Motion: To expand the enforcement proceeding to determine whether M Five, Inc. qualified as a political action committee or ballot question committee and whether Scott Nash, Ryan Hill, and Dwayne Graham should be considered primary fundraisers, decision-makers, or officers of People of Lewiston Auburn Committee who may be held jointly responsible for any civil penalties assessed against the PAC.
Made by: Mr. McKee
Seconded by: Mr. Healy
Vote: 5-0 (motion passed)


2.  Consideration of Proposed 2014 Expenditure Guidelines for Maine Clean Election Act Candidates

The Commission is directed by statute to adopt guidelines for permissible expenditures of public campaign funds by Maine Clean Election Act candidates.  The Commission staff proposed changes to the guidelines for the 2014 elections.

Motion: To approve the 2014 MCEA Expenditure Guidelines.
Made by: Mr. Healy
Seconded by: Ms. Matheson
Vote: 5-0 (motion passed)


3. Consideration of Proposed Legislation for 2014 Session

The Commission staff proposed possible legislation for the 2014 session relating to who is considered an agent of a candidate or a member of the candidate’s political committee for purposes of determining whether a candidate has received a contribution through a coordinated expenditure.  The staff also proposed changes to the Commission’s current statute making certain categories of investigative working papers confidential.

Motion: To propose the legislation as drafted with the amendment to proposed section 1001(1-B) to add "whether or not the committee was authorized pursuant to section 1013-A(1)(B)" or language to that effect.
Made by: Mr. McKee
Seconded by: Mr. Healy
Vote: 5-0 (motion passed)