Municipal PACs & BQCs

Municipal PACs

Towns or cities with a population of 15,000* or more are subject to the campaign finance provisions (Chapter 13) of the Maine Election Law. (30-A M.R.S.A. § 2502) Organizations that meet the definition of a political action committee and receive contributions or make expenditures to influence a municipal campaign in towns or cities subject to Maine Election Law must register and file campaign finance reports with the municipal clerk of the town or city. (21-A M.R.S. § 1053-A)

Municipal Referenda & BQCs

The laws governing ballot question committees apply to municipal ballot questions in all Maine towns and cities. If your organization qualifies as a ballot question committee because of its involvement with a municipal ballot question in a town or city of 15,000 or more people, your organization will have to register and file reports with the municipal clerk. For municipalities with fewer than 15,000 people, you will have to register and report with the Ethics Commission. You can view the guidebook for municipal ballot questions here21-A M.R.S. § 1056-B