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Initial Distributions

Candidates participating in the Maine Clean Election Act program in 2018 will receive the initial distribution amounts listed below upon certification of eligibility.

Initial Distributions for Candidates in the 2018 Elections

Candidate Primary General
State Representative, Contested $2,525 $5,075
State Representative, Uncontested $500 $1,525
 
State Senate, Contested $10,125 $20,275
State Senate, Uncontested $2,025 $6,075
 
Governor, Contested $400,000 $600,000
Governor, Uncontested $200,000 $600,000
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

MCEA candidates may request supplemental payments of MCEA funds by continuing to collect qualifying contributions and submitting them to the Commission no later than 5:00 p.m. on October 16, 2018.

  • Legislative candidates are eligible for supplemental funds only if they are in a contested general election. Supplemental funds are not available to legislative candidates in the primary election, whether contested or uncontested.
  • Gubernatorial candidates are eligible for supplemental funds if they are in contested races in either the primary or general elections. Additional qualifying contributions must be submitted by May 22, 2018 for a Gubernatorial candidate to receive supplemental payments for the primary.

These supplemental payments are intended to ensure that MCEA candidates will have access to sufficient campaign funds for the elections. Whether a candidate seeks supplemental funding and the level of funding is entirely up to the candidate, who should make a realistic assessment of the resources he or she needs to run a successful campaign.

Primary Election Supplemental Payments for Gubernatorial Candidates

  • For every 800 additional valid qualifying contributions, a gubernatorial candidate in a contested primary election is eligible for a supplemental payment of $150,000.

Levels of Supplemental Payments for the Primary Election
  1 2 3 4
Governor $150,000
800 QCs
$300,000
1,600 QCs
$450,000
2,400 QCs
$600,000
3,200 QCs

General Election Supplemental Payments

  • For every 15 additional valid qualifying contributions, a House candidate in a contested general election is eligble for a supplemental payment of $1,275.
  • For every 45 additional valid qualifying contributions, a Senate candidate in a contested general election is eligible for a supplemental payment of $5,075.
  • For every 1,200 additional valid qualifying contributions, a gubernatorial candiate in a contested general election is eligible for a supplemental payment of $175,000.
 
Levels of Supplemental Payments for the General Election
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

House

$1,275
15 QCs
$2,550
30 QCs
$3,825
45 QCs
$5,100
60 QCs
$6,375
75 QCs
$7,650
90 QCs
$8,925
105 QCs
$10,200
120 QCs

Senate

$5,075
45 QC
s

$10,150
90 QCs
$15,225
135 QCs
$20,300
180 QCs
$25,375
225 QCs
$30,450
270 QCs
$35,525
315 QCs
$40,600
360 QCs

Governor

$175,000
1,200 QCs
$350,000
2,400 QCs
$525,000
3,600 QCs

$700,000
4,800 QCs

$875,000
6,000 QCs
$1,050,000
7,200 QCs

$1,225,000
8,400 QCs

$1,400,000
9,600 QCs