June 23, 2011 Commission Meeting
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Meeting of June 23, 2011, at 9:00 a.m.
Commission Office, 45 Memorial Circle, 2nd Floor, Augusta, Maine
1. Ratification of Minutes of the March 31 and April 26, 2011 Meetings
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2. Request to Investigate Working People for Hope and Change PAC
Colin Woodard filed a request that the Commission investigate the accuracy of 2010 contributions reported by the Working People for Hope and Change political action committee.
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3. Request for Reconsideration by Joseph C. Palmieri
At the Commission's April 26, 2011 meeting, the Commission assessed penalties totaling $1,350 against 2010 Senate candidate Joseph C. Palmieri for violations arising out of an audit of his campaign. In addition, the Commission reduced penalties for filing two reports late to $400. The candidate requests that the Commission reconsider the assessed penalties because they were excessive compared to the violations.
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4. Request for Waiver of Late-Filing Penalty by Maine Taxpayers Taking Charge PAC
The Maine Taxpayers Taking Charge PAC filed its April 2011 quarterly campaign finance report 14 days late. The PAC was a proponent of a November 2010 casino initiative, but needed to file a final financial report because of two outstanding debts. The preliminary penalty for the late filing is $10,000. The PAC requests a waiver because the preliminary penalty is disproportionate to the level of harm suffered by the public. Staff recommendation: the staff recommends granting a partial waiver and assessing a penalty of $200.
5. Hon. Joseph A. Wagner/Recommended Findings of Violation
Former State Representative Joseph A. Wagner ran as a 2010 Maine Clean Election Act candidate. His campaign was selected for an audit. The Commission's auditor will report on the audit findings, which included a small number of technical violations. The staff does not recommend any financial penalties for the violations.
6. Audit of Michael E. Lawson/Recommended Findings of Violation, Repayment and Civil Penalties
Michael E. Lawson was a candidate for the Maine House of Representatives in 2010. His 2010 campaign was selected for an audit. The audit disclosed that the campaign did not report all campaign expenditures, did not keep required records of expenditures, and other violations. The Commission's auditor will recommend findings of violation, civil penalties, and a finding that the candidate should repay some campaign funds.
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7. Audits of Maine Clean Election Act Campaigns
In addition to Michael Lawson and Joseph Wagner, the Commission's auditor has completed 15 audits of 2010 Maine Clean Election Act candidates. No exceptions (violations) were found.
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8. Adoption of Amendments to the Commission Rules
At the April 26, 2011 meeting, the Commission held a public hearing to receive comments on proposed changes to the Commission's Rules. The Commission received oral comments from one advocacy organization, and the Commission staff has made changes its recommended rule amendments in response to those comments. The Commission will consider whether to adopt the recommended rule amendments.