Certification and Supplemental Payments

How to Request Certification

In order to request certification as a Maine Clean Election Act (MCEA) candidate, the candidate must submit by 5:00 p.m. on the last day of the qualifying period:

  • the required number of qualifying contributions for certification
  • the original and verified receipt and acknowledgment forms
  • an alphabetical list of the individuals making qualifying contributions
  • a seed money campaign finance report (filed online or on paper)
  • the signed request for certification form with completed checklist

In addition, the Ethics Commission will not certify a candidate unless he or she has submitted original Candidate Registration and Declaration of Intent forms and qualified with the Secretary of State's office to appear on the ballot. In order to receive public funds, the candidate must also be established as a vendor in the State's accounting system, so candidates who are not yet listed as vendors are encouraged to submit a new Vendor Form as soon as possible after registration to ensure timely processing.

All required forms are available on this website.

 

Initial Distribution Amounts

Candidates qualify for initial MCEA funding for each election by collecting a minimum number of valid QCs (60 for House candidates and 175 for Senate candidates) and submitting them by 5 p.m. on April 21, 2020.

Initial Distributions for Candidates in the 2020 Elections
Candidate Primary General
House - contested $2,650 $5,300
House - uncontested $525 $1,600
Senate - contested $10,575 $21,175
Senate - uncontested $2,125 $6,350

Candidates who are not in a primary election (unenrolled/independent candidates) will receive the initial disbursement for an uncontested primary candidate upon certification.

Supplemental Payments

Candidates in a contested general election may request up to eight supplemental payments of MCEA funds by continuing to collect qualifying contributions and submitting them to the Commission by 5:00 p.m. on October 13, 2020. These supplemental payments are intended to ensure that MCEA candidates will have access to sufficient campaign funds for the general election. Whether a candidate seeks supplemental funding and that level of funding is entirely up to the candidate, who should make a realistic assessment of the resources she or he will need to run a successful campaign.

  • For every 15 valid qualifying contributions collected by a House candidate, the Commission will make a supplemental payment of $1,325.
  • For every 45 valid qualifying contributions collected by a Senate candidate, the Commission will make a supplemental payment of $5,300.
Levels of Supplemental Payments for the General Election
  1 2 3 4 4 6 7 8
House

$1,325

15 QCs

$2,650

30 QCs

$3,975

45 QCs

$5,300

60 QCs

$6,625

75 QCs

$7,950

90 QCs

$9,275

105 QCs

$10,600

120 QCs

Senate

$5,300

45 QCs

$10,600

90 QCs

$15,900

135 QCs

$21,200

180 QCs

$26,500

225 QCs

$31,800

270 QCs

$37,100

315 QCs

$42,400

360 QCs