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April 30, 2014 Commission Meeting

 

Agenda - AMENDED 4/29/2014
Meeting of April 30, 2014, at 9:00 a.m.
Commission Office, 45 Memorial Circle, 2nd Floor, Augusta, Maine

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

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 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.  Staff recommendation: the staff recommends finding that the campaign violated 21-A M.R.S.A. § 1015(1) by accepting five contributions in excess of $1,500 and assessing no civil penalty for the violation.

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 requests 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.  Staff recommendation: the Commission staff recommends finding the organization in violation of 21-A M.R.S.A. § 1056-B for not registering and filing an initial campaign report and waiving all monetary penalties.

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 requests 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.  Staff recommendation: the Commission staff recommends finding the organization in violation of 21-A M.R.S.A. § 1056-B for not registering and filing an initial campaign report and waiving all monetary penalties.

5. Proposed Consent Agreement/Lewiston Casino PACs (added 4/29/2014)

The Commission staff proposes a consent agreement to resolve the enforcement matter concerning the 2011 PACs that promoted a casino in Lewiston.

Other Business (added 4/30/2014)

EXECUTIVE SESSION
If necessary.

ADJOURNMENT