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Definition of a Political Action Committee

21-A M.R.S.A. §1052(5)

Political action committee.  The term "political action committee:"

A.  Includes:

(1)  Any separate or segregated fund established by any corporation, membership organization, cooperative or labor or other organization whose purpose is to initiate or influence a campaign;

(2)  (REPEALED)

(3)  (REPEALED)

(4)  Any organization, including any corporation or association, that has as its major purpose initiating or influencing a campaign and that receives contributions or makes expenditures aggregating more than $1,500 in a calendar year for that purpose; and

(5)  Any organization that does not have as its major purpose influencing candidate elections but that receives contributions or makes expenditures aggregating more than $5,000 in a calendar year for the purpose of influencing the nomination or election of any candidate to political office.

B.  Does not include:

(1)  A candidate or a candidate's treasurer under section 1013-A, subsection 1;

(2)  A candidate's authorized political committee under section 1013-A, subsection 2; 

(3)  A party committee under section 1013-A, subsection 3; or

(4)  An organization whose only payments of money in the prior 2 years for the purpose of influencing a campaign in this State are contributions to candidates, party committees, political action committees or ballot question committees registered with the commission or a municipality and that has not raised and accepted any contributions during the calendar year for the purpose of influencing a campaign in this State.

Updated to include laws enacted during the First Regular Session of the 125th Legislature (2011)