Campaign Finance Reports Due
|42-Day Post-General Report||Tuesday, December 15, 2020 by 11:59 p.m.||October 21 - December 8, 2020|
Helpful links for eFiling
- Commission's eFiling website: Maine Campaign Finance
- Logging in and changing password (PDF)
- Adding and managing contributions & contributors (PDF)
- Adding and managing expenditures & payees (PDF)
- Adding and managing loans (PDF)
- Adding and managing debts (PDF)
- Filing and amending reports (PDF)
Close Out Your Campaign and File Early!
Close Out Your Campaign. If you want the 42-Day Post-General Report to be your final report, your campaign must show a remaining cash balance of $100 or less, with no outstanding debts or loans. If you have more than $100 in surplus funds or outstanding obligations, see below for guidance.
File Early. You don't have to wait until the reporting period ends on December 8 to file your report. You can file at any time before the deadline when you have:
Filing Semiannual Reports
If you have a reported cash, debt, or loan balance of more than $100 on your 42-Day Post-General Report, you will be required to file semiannual reports every July 15 and January 15 until the balance is disposed of. The first semiannual report after the 2020 general election is due by July 15, 2021.
Reduce Your Cash Balance
After the election, candidates may spend their remaining funds to discharge existing debts or loans incurred for the campaign, pay outstanding bills, or to dispose of surplus funds. A cash surplus greater than $100 cannot be converted to personal use and must be disposed of according to the Maine Election Law, within four years of the election for which the funds were received.
Refer to the guidelines for the Disposition of Surplus Funds or contact your Candidate Registrar with questions.
Reducing Loan or Debt Balances
If you have an outstanding loan or debt balance of more than $100, you may:
- Use campaign funds to reduce the amount of the obligation as much as possible. Candidates are permitted to raise funds post-election only to retire existing loans or debts.
- Outstanding loans: the lender may choose to forgive the remainder of the loan, which converts it to a contribution. The $400 contribution limit does apply to forgiven loans, but there is no limit to what the candidate or their spouse/domestic partner may contribute to their own campaign. Many candidates who have loaned personal funds to the campaign choose to simply forgive the remainder to avoid having to file semiannual reports.
- Outstanding debts: the candidate may use personal funds to pay the creditor of the debt, i.e., the vendor. In eFiling, you will report first a cash contribution from the candidate to the campaign in the amount of the payment and then edit the debt to show the payment.