April 29, 2010 Commission Meeting
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Meeting of April 29, 2010, 9:00 a.m.
Commission Office, 45 Memorial Circle, 2nd Floor, Augusta, Maine
1. Ratification of Minutes of the March 25, 2010 Meeting
2. Complaint by CasinosNO! against Peter Martin
CasinosNO filed a complaint against Peter Martin as the spokesperson for Black Bear Entertainment, the proponent of the citizen initiative on the November 2, 2010 ballot that would establish a casino in Oxford County. In the complaint, CasinosNO! asks the Commission to consider whether Peter Martin was required to register and file monthly reports as a lobbyist and whether the campaign finance reports filed by Black Bear Entertainment political action committee (PAC) were incomplete, because they did not include expenditures or obligations to Martin.
3. Appeal by Matthew Boucher for Certification as a Maine Clean Election Act Candidate
Matthew Boucher is a candidate for the Maine House of Representatives, District 28, seeking Maine Clean Election Act (MCEA) funding. Under 21-A M.R.S.A. § 1125(4), his qualifying contributions were required to be submitted during the qualifying period, which ended at 5:00 p.m. at April 21st. The Commission’s rule states that the Commission “may not grant an extension of time” to submit qualifying contributions or receipt and acknowledgment forms. Mr. Boucher arrived at the Commission office around one-half hour late (5:30 p.m.) on April 21st. He stated in an April 22 letter that the municipal clerk erroneously marked some of his contributors as not registered to vote. As of April 22, the Commission staff had not reviewed his application, but based on its tardiness the staff intended to deny his application for MCEA funding. He submitted a letter on April 22, which he wishes the Commission to treat as an appeal of the staff determination.
4. Update on Constitutional Challenge by National Organization for Marriage