June 4, 2019 Commission Meeting

June 4, 2019, at 9:00 a.m.

Commission Office, 45 Memorial Circle, 2nd Floor, Augusta, Maine

1.  Ratification of Minutes of April 24, 2019 Meeting

2.  Update on Transition and Inaugural Committees

The Commission will receive an update on the financial disclosure statements and fundraising by the transition and inaugural committees of Gov. Janet T. Mills.

3.  Maine Clean Election Act Violation – Stephen C. Ball

In 2018, Stephen C. Ball participated in the Maine Clean Election Act (MCEA) program as a candidate for the Maine House of Representatives.  MCEA candidates are not permitted to spend personal funds for campaign expenditures.  The candidate used $393.96 of his own money to pay for decals to insert the required “paid for and authorized by” information on his signs.  Staff recommendation: the Commission staff recommends finding that the candidate’s expenditure of personal funds violated 21-A M.R.S.A. § 1125(6) and assessing a penalty of $100.

4.  Update on Audits of 2018 Maine Clean Election Act Candidates

The Commission’s auditors will update the Commission on the progress of the post-election audit of 2018 Maine Clean Election Act candidates.

Other Business

EXECUTIVE SESSION

If necessary.

ADJOURNMENT

Actions

Actions

Present were: William A. Lee III, Esq.; Meri N. Lowry; Bradford Pattershall, Esq.; and Hon. Richard A. Nass;

1. Ratification of Minutes from April 24, 2019 Meeting

Motion:To postpone adoption of the minutes from April 24 to the July meeting.
Made by: Mr. Nass
Seconded by: Ms. Lowry
Vote: 3-0-1 (Mr. Pattershall abstained)

2. Update on Transition and Inaugural Committees

The Commission received an update on the financial disclosure statements and fundraising by the transition and inaugural committees of Gov. Janet T. Mills.

Motion: To receive an update on the status of this matter by the next regularly scheduled meeting.
Made by: Mr. Lee
Seconded by: Mr. Nass
Vote: 4-0

3.Maine Clean Election Act Violation – Stephen C. Ball

In 2018, Stephen C. Ball participated in the Maine Clean Election Act (MCEA) program as a candidate for the Maine House of Representatives.  MCEA candidates are not permitted to spend personal funds for campaign expenditures.  The candidate used $393.96 of his own money to pay for decals to insert the required “paid for and authorized by” information on his signs. 

Motion: To impose a $100 penalty and waive collection of the $100 given that $115 was already returned to the fund by Mr. Ball.
Made by: Mr. Pattershall
Seconded by: Ms. Lowry
Vote: 4-0

4.Update on Audits of 2018 Maine Clean Election Act Candidates

The Commission’s auditors updated the Commission on the progress of the post-election audit of 2018 Maine Clean Election Act candidates.

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Other Business: None

Executive Session: None