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Initial Distributions

Candidates participating in the Maine Clean Election Act program in 2020 will receive the initial distribution amounts listed below upon certification of eligibility.

Initial Distributions for Candidates in the 2019 & 2020 Elections

Candidate Primary General
State Representative, Contested $2,650 $5,300
State Representative, Uncontested $525 $1,600
 
State Senate, Contested $10,575 $21,175
State Senate, Uncontested $2,125 $6,350
 
Governor, Contested $-- $--
Governor, Uncontested $-- $--

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

Gubernatorial payment amounts for the 2022 election will be posted in early 2021.

 

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 13, 2020.

  • 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.

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. Gubernatorial payment amounts will be posted in early 2021 for the 2022 elections.

Levels of Supplemental Payments for the Primary Election
(to be determined)
  1 2 3 4
Governor $--
800 QCs
$--
1,600 QCs
$--
2,400 QCs
$--
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 $1,325.
  • For every 45 additional valid qualifying contributions, a Senate candidate in a contested general election is eligible for a supplemental payment of $5,300.
  • For every 1,200 additional valid qualifying contributions, a gubernatorial candiate in a contested general election is eligible for a supplemental payment. Gubernatorial payment amounts will be posted in early 2021 for the 2022 elections.
 
Levels of Supplemental Payments for the General Election
  1 2 3 4 5 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
$9,725
105 QCs
$10,600
120 QCs

Senate

$5,300
45 QC
s

$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

Governor
(TBD)

$--
1,200 QCs
$--
2,400 QCs
$--
3,600 QCs

$--
4,800 QCs

$--
6,000 QCs
$--
7,200 QCs

$--
8,400 QCs

$--
9,600 QCs