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Commission Actions
Meeting of April 30, 2014, at 9:00 a.m.
Commission Office, 45 Memorial Circle, Augusta, Maine

 

Present: Walter F. McKee, Esq., Chair; André G. Duchette, Esq.; Margaret E. Matheson, Esq., Michael T. Healy, Esq.; Hon. Jane A. Amero (by phone)

1. Ratification of Minutes of the December 5 & 12, 2013 and April 1, 2014 Meetings

Motion: To adopt the minutes as written.
Made by: Mr. Duchette
Seconded by: Ms. Matheson
Vote: 5-0 (motion passed)

2. Over-the-Limit Contributions to LePage Campaign
In the January 2014 compliance review of candidates’ campaign finance reports, the Commission staff identified five contributions received by the re-election campaign of Governor Paul LePage that exceeded the contribution limit of $1,500 per election. The campaign remedied the over-the-limit contributions by returning the excessive portions of the contributions to the donors.

Motion: To find that the five contributions violated 21-A M.R.S.A. § 1015(1) and impose no civil penalty.
Made by: Mr. Healy
Seconded by: Ms. Matheson
Vote: 5-0 (motion passed)

3. Late Registration and Initial Campaign Finance Report by Maine Guides Association
In September 2013, the Maine Guides Association began raising money from its members in opposition to an anticipated citizen initiative restricting bear hunting practices. After raising more than $5,000, the association should have registered as a ballot question committee and filed its first campaign finance report by Monday, October 23, 2013, but was unaware of the filing requirements. The association requested a waiver of a preliminary penalty of $5,520, based on its inexperience with political campaigns, a lack of harm to the public, and other factors.

First Motion: To find the Maine Guides Association in violation.
Made by: Mr. McKee
Seconded by: Mr. Duchette
Vote: 3-2 (Ms. Amero and Mr. Healy opposed) (motion passed)

Second Motion: To waive the penalty amount in full
Made by: Mr. McKee
Seconded by: Mr. Duchette
Vote: 5-0 (motion passed)

4. Late Registration and Initial Campaign Finance Report by Maine Trappers Association
In August 2013, the Maine Trappers Association began raising money from its members in opposition to an anticipated citizen initiative restricting bear hunting practices. After raising more than $5,000, the association should have registered as a ballot question committee and filed its first campaign finance report by September 29, 2013, but was unaware of the filing requirements. The association requested a waiver of a preliminary penalty of $4,622.52, based on its inexperience with political campaigns, a lack of harm to the public, and other factors.

First Motion: To find the Maine Trappers Association in violation.
Made by: Mr. McKee
Seconded by: Mr. Duchette
Vote: 3-2 (Ms. Amero and Mr. Healy opposed) (motion passed)

Second Motion: To waive the penalty amount in full
Made by: Mr. McKee
Seconded by: Mr. Healy
Vote: 5-0 (motion passed)

5. Proposed Consent Agreement/Lewiston Casino PACs
The Commission staff proposed a consent agreement to resolve the enforcement matter concerning the 2011 PACs that promoted a casino in Lewiston.

Motion: To accept the proposed consent agreement.
Made by: Mr. Healy
Seconded by: Ms. Matheson
Vote: 5-0 (motion passed)