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May 30, 2018 Commission Meeting


Meeting of May 30, 2018 at 9:00 a.m.
Commission Office, 45 Memorial Circle, 2nd Floor, Augusta, Maine


1.  Ratification of Minutes of the April 25, 2018 Meeting

2.  Negative Allocation in Maine Clean Election Fund for Fiscal Year 2019

The Commission staff will alert the Commission of a potential serious issue in the financing of election campaigns in 2018.  Even though the Maine Clean Election Fund likely has enough cash for the 2018 election year, the Commission lacks legislative authorization to make payments to Maine Clean Election Act candidates beginning on July 1, 2018 (the start of fiscal year 2019).  This was an unintended consequence of 2017 budget legislation.  A committee amendment was accepted which was intended to make sure there was enough cash in the Maine Clean Election Fund to make general election payments to candidates in June - October 2018, but which had the effect of reducing the Commission’s spending authority midway through the election year.  This issue can be solved in a special session of the Legislature.

3.  Recommended Finding of Violation against Hon. Diane M. Russell

The Commission will consider whether 2018 gubernatorial candidate Diane M. Russell violated 21-A M.R.S.A. § 1017(5) because her January 16 and May 2, 2018 campaign finance reports did not disclose the campaign purpose of multiple expenditures and her relationship to a member of her household whom she paid campaign funds. 

4.  Rulemaking – Ranked Choice Voting/Contribution Limits/Recounts/Litigation

The Commission will decide whether to adopt proposed amendments to Commission Rules relating to contribution limits, recounts, and election litigation.

5.  Discussion of Proposed Policy – Employees of Political Parties

The Commission will discuss a proposed statute change under which communications paid for by employees of political parties would need to state who paid for them.  Under this change, the employees could not qualify for an exemption in current law for low-cost communications prepared by individuals acting independently of candidates, PACs and party committees.

6.  Findings of Violation against Unregistered Candidates

The Commission staff will recommend findings of violations and potential penalties against candidates who have failed to register with the Commission.

Other Business


If necessary.