September 30, 2010 Commission Meeting
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Agenda - AMENDED
Meeting of September 30, 2010, 9:00 a.m.
Commission Office, 45 Memorial Circle, 2nd Floor, Augusta, Maine
1. Request for Waiver of Late-Filing Penalty/Maine Center for Economic Policy
The Maine Center for Economic Policy was required to file monthly reports during 2010. The organization was late in filing the report due July 15, 2010, because its office manager was on vacation. The preliminary penalty amount is $100. The organization has requested a waiver of the penalty. Staff recommendation: the Commission staff recommends denying the request and assessing a penalty of $100.
2. Complaint against Aroostook County Sheriff
On September 9, 2010, 2010, the Commission received a complaint from the Aroostook County Republican Committee claiming that the incumbent sheriff has improperly used public property, resources, and employees to promote his re-election. The Commission staff and counsel believe that the matter is not within the Commission’s jurisdiction. No action is required by the Commissioners.
3. Audit Presentation by Vincent W. Dinan
The Commission’s auditor, Vincent W. Dinan, will present an overview of the audits of 2010 Maine Clean Election Act candidates and will discuss the first four audits completed.
4. Scheduling Meetings during October 2010
The Commission will discuss the procedures for Commission meetings in the final weeks before the November 2, 2010 general election.
5. Proposed Procedures for Considering Statute and Rule Changes for 2011
The staff will discuss past practices for developing statutory changes to propose to the Legislature after a general election.
6. Update on Investigation of Cutler Files Website
At the Commission’s meeting on September 9, 2010, the Commission authorized the staff to investigate the Cutler Files website. Through legal counsel, the website’s creators will present legal arguments to the Commission to discontinue the investigation.
7. Ratification of Minutes of the August 26, 2010 Meeting