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October 31, 2012 Commission Meeting

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Agenda
Meeting of October 31, 2012, at 9:00 a.m.
Commission Office, 45 Memorial Circle, 2nd Floor, Augusta, Maine

 

1. Ratification of Minutes of the July 25, 2012 Meeting

2. Request for Investigation of Sen. Nichi Farnham/Coordination on Television Spending
The Maine Democratic Party contends that State Senator Nichi Farnham accepted a contribution by cooperating with a large expenditure by a political action committee (PAC) for television advertising against her opponent. Sen. Farnham responds that she knew nothing of the expenditure and has had no involvement with the PAC since March 2012. Staff recommendation: based on the factual information gathered to date, the Commission staff recommends no further investigation, provided that the Commissioners find the October 31 testimony from Sen. Farnham and the PAC to be credible.

** Additional Materials (added 10/30/2012)

3. Proposed Finding of Violation for not Amending Registration by Maine Senate Republican Majority PAC
The Commission staff proposes a finding that the Maine Senate Republican Majority PAC violated 21-A M.R.S.A. § 1053 by not amending its registration in 2012 to completely disclose all individuals who are the primary fund-raisers and decision makers for the committee.

** Additional Materials (added 10/29/2012)
** Additional Materials (added 10/30/2012)

4. Request for Investigation of Hon. Thomas Martin and Hon. Nichi Farnham (unreported video costs) and Bradford Littlefield (incomplete disclaimer on mailing)
The Maine Democratic Party requests an investigation into whether State Senators Thomas Martin and Nichi Farnham each failed to report the cost of a professionally produced video in their campaign finance reports due September 25, 2012. Senator Farnham acknowledges not reporting a debt for production costs, due to an error. Senator Martin responds that he was not required to disclose an obligation. The Party also urges a finding of violation against Senate candidate Bradford Littlefield because a mailing omitted the candidate’s name in the printed disclaimer statement. Staff recommendation: the Commission staff recommends findings of violation and no financial penalties.

** Additional Materials (added 10/30/2012)

5. Request for Investigation/Senate Candidate Colleen Lachowicz
Colleen Lachowicz is a candidate for the Maine Senate, District #25. The Maine Republican Party requests that the Commission investigate whether she violated the Maine Clean Election Act by authorizing two PACs to accept contributions on her behalf. Staff recommendation: the Commission staff recommends taking no further action on this request.

6. Request for Waiver of Late-Filing Penalty/Candidate Arthur Kyricos
Arthur Kyricos is a candidate for Maine Senate, District #1 in York county. He filed the post-primary campaign finance report one day late on July 25, 2012. The amount of the preliminary penalty is $181.24. Mr. Kyricos requests a waiver because he is a first-time candidate, confused different disclosure requirements, and erroneously believed no report was due. Staff recommendation: the Commission staff recommends waiving 75% of the preliminary penalty and assessing a penalty of $45.31.

7. Request for Waiver of Late-Filing Penalty/Candidate David E. Dutremble
David E. Dutremble is a candidate for Maine Senate, District #4. He was required to file a campaign finance report at 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, July 24, 2012 and he was 24 minutes late. The amount of the preliminary penalty is $181.24. Mr. Dutremble requests a waiver because of an ongoing problem with his internet connection. Staff recommendation: the Commission staff recommends waiving 75% of the preliminary penalty and assessing a penalty of $45.31.

8. Request for Waiver of Late-Filing Penalty/Candidate Lee Goldsberry
Lee Goldsberry is a candidate for the Maine House of Representatives, District 99. He was one day late filing a campaign finance report due September 25, 2012. The only transaction in the late report was his receipt of $3,930.96 in Maine Clean Election Act funds. The preliminary penalty for the late filing is $39.31. He requests a waiver due to minimal harm to the public, and because the late filing was caused by his inexperience and an oversight. Staff recommendation: the Commission staff recommends waiving 50% of the preliminary penalty and assessing a penalty of $19.66.

9. Request for Investigation/House Candidate Katherine Cassidy and Senate Geoffrey Gratwick
The Maine Republican Party requests that the Commission consider whether House candidate Katherine Cassidy accepted a $25 seed money contribution from an improper source (a political action committee) and whether pre-printed notes mailed by Senate candidate Geoffrey Gratwick did not include the required disclaimer statement. Preliminary information received by the Commission staff suggests that violations occurred but they were not intentional. The party has withdrawn other requests for investigation in response to preliminary information received by the Commission staff. Staff recommendation: the Commission staff recommends findings of violation against both candidates, but no financial penalties.

Other Business

EXECUTIVE SESSION
If necessary.

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