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August 29, 2018 Commission Meeting

 

Amended Agenda

August 29, 2018, at 9:00 a.m.

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

1.  Ratification of Minutes of June 27, 2018 Meeting

2.  Request for Waiver of Late-Filing Penalty – Maine Health Care Association PAC

On May 31, 2018, the Maine Health Care Association PAC made three $1,000 contributions to other PACs.  It was required to report these expenditures in a 24-Hour Report by June 1, 2018, but did not do so until July 17, 2018.  It requests a waiver of the $2,760 preliminary penalty.  Staff recommendation: the staff recommends a partial waiver, reducing the penalty to $500.

3.  Request for Waiver of Late-Filing Penalty – Fecteau for Leadership PAC

On June 4, 2018, the Fecteau for Leadership PAC made a $5,000 contribution to another PAC.  It was required to report this expenditure in a 24-Hour Report by June 5, 2018, but did not do so until June 9, 2018.  It requests a waiver of the $400 preliminary penalty.  Staff recommendation: the staff recommends not waiving the preliminary penalty.

4.  Request for Waiver of Late-Filing Penalty – Caitlin Hills

Caitlin Hills was a Maine Clean Election Act candidate for House District 97.  She was required to file a 24-Hour Report on June 9, 2018.  She filed the report on July 15, 2018, 36 days late.  The preliminary penalty is $829.08.  She requests a waiver due to unawareness of the 24-hour reporting requirements.  Staff recommendation: the staff recommends reducing the penalty to $300.

5.  Request for Waiver of Late-Filing Penalty – Ian Schwartz

Ian Schwartz was a Maine Clean Election Act candidate in the Democratic primary election for Senate District 7.  He was required to file a 24-Hour Report by June 9, 2018.  He filed the report on June 28, 2018, 19 days late.  The preliminary penalty is $384.37.  He requests a waiver of the penalty because of his inexperience.  Staff recommendation: the staff recommends not waiving the preliminary penalty.

6.  Request for Waiver of Late-Filing Penalty – Danny Costain

Danny Costain was a traditionally financed candidate for House District 100.  He was required to file a 24-Hour Report on June 6, 2018.  He filed the report on July 24, 2018, 48 days late.  The preliminary penalty is $2,991.36.  He requests a waiver due to unawareness of the 24-hour reporting requirements and not receiving reference documents at the time of his registration.  Staff recommendation: the staff recommends reducing the penalty to $300.

7.  Request for Waiver of Late-Filing Penalty – Jeffrey Slocum

Jeffrey Slocum was a traditionally financed candidate for House District 51 in 2016.  He was required to file the 2018 July Semiannual Report by July 16, 2018.  He filed the report 7 days late.  The preliminary penalty is $112.  He requests a waiver of the penalty because his campaign is now defunct and his contact information was not updated, so he did not receive filing reminders.  Staff recommendation: the staff recommends not reducing the penalty.

8.  Settlement of Litigation and Civil Penalties – York County Casino Initiative

In December 2017, the Commission assessed penalties totaling $500,000 for campaign finance violations against Lisa Scott, two limited liability companies owned by her, a ballot question committee that she formed, and the committee’s treasurer, Cheryl Timberlake.  In January 2018, Cheryl Timberlake and Lisa Scott filed actions in Maine Superior Court challenging the Commission’s determination.  The Commission will consider a proposed settlement agreement resolving the litigation and penalties.

Other Business

EXECUTIVE SESSION

If necessary

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