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 clerk-verified Receipt and Acknowledgment forms
  • a Seed Money campaign finance report (filed online or on paper)
  • the signed Request for Certification form

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 are encouraged to submit a new Vendor Form as soon as possible after registration to ensure timely processing.

All required forms are available here.

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 22, 2024.

Initial Distributions for Candidates in the 2024 Elections
Candidate Primary General
House - contested $3,125 $6,225
House - uncontested $625 $1,875
Senate - contested $12,475 $24,925
Senate - uncontested $2,500 $7,475

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

Replacement candidates must collect and submit the required number of valid QCs by 5:00 p.m. on August 21, 2024.

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 15, 2024. 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 $1,550.
  • For every 45 valid qualifying contributions collected by a Senate candidate, the Commission will make a supplemental payment of $6,225.
Levels of Supplemental Payments for the General Election
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15 QCs


30 QCs


45 QCs


60 QCs


75 QCs


90 QCs


105 QCs


120 QCs



45 QCs


90 QCs


135 QCs


180 QCs


225 QCs


270 QCs


315 QCs


360 QCs