April 27, 2022 Commission Meeting

Agenda (131.08 KB)
Minutes (170.99 KB)

The meeting was conducted in person and streamed to YouTube for the public to access.

1.  Ratification of the Minutes of the March 30, 2022 Meeting

Motion:  Adopt the Minutes as presented.
Made by:  Mr. Schneider
Seconded by:  Mr. Lee
Vote:  5-0

2.  Request for Waiver of Late-Filing Penalty – Lobbyist Kenneth Fredette

Kenneth Fredette registered as a lobbyist for his client, Voatz, on February 4, 2022.  He was required to file a monthly report by March 15, 2022 but filed the report one week late.  In a March 22, 2022 letter requesting a waiver of the preliminary $100 penalty, he explains that his firm had not lobbied the Legislature for the client and therefore missed the deadline.  Staff recommendation: the staff recommended not waiving the $100 penalty.

Motion:  Find that Lobbyist Kenneth Fredette violated 3 M.R.S. § 317 by not filing the March Lobbyist report by March 15 and impose a $100 penalty.
Made by:  Mr. Lee
Seconded by:  Mr. Schneider
Vote:  5-0

3.  Recommended Penalty for Failure to Register – Howard Patten and Timothy Keenan

After qualifying for the ballot through petitioning, candidates are required to appoint a treasurer and register with the Commission.  Two candidates for State Representative qualified for the primary election ballot by submitting nominating petitions to the Secretary of State on March 7 and 14, 2022.  They have not registered as candidates with the Commission in spite of multiple communications from the Commission staff, including by U.S. Mail and voicemail.  Staff recommendation: the staff recommended finding each candidate in violation of the registration statute and assessing a $100 penalty under 21-A M.R.S.A. § 1020-A(1).

Motion:  Find that Timothy Keenan and Howard Patten violated 21-A M.R.S. § 1013-A(1)(A) by not timely filing with the Commission and assess a $100 penalty for each of them per 21-A M.R.S.A. § 1020-A(1).
Made by:  Mr. Lee
Seconded by:  Mr. Marble
Vote:  5-0

Other Business (None)