January 25, 2012 Commission Meeting
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Meeting of January 25, 2012, at 9:00 a.m.
Commission Office, 45 Memorial Circle, 2nd Floor, Augusta, Maine
1. Ratification of Minutes of the November 30, 2011 Meeting
2. Request by Michael G. Hein to Investigate Christian Civic League of Maine
Michael G. Hein has requested that the Commission investigate whether an e-mail communication by the Christian Civic League of Maine should have been disclosed in campaign finance reports. Staff recommendation: the Commission staff recommends taking no action on the request.
3. Request by Joseph R. Mackey for Waiver of Late-Filing Penalty
Lobbyist Joseph R. Mackey was late in filing monthly reports covering November 2011 for five clients. Because the Legislature was not in session, he filed the short form report indicating that he did not lobby for the clients during November 2011. The total preliminary penalty is $500. Mr. Mackey requests a waiver of the penalties. Staff recommendation: the Commission staff recommends reducing the penalties by 50% to a total of $250 because the preliminary penalty of $500 is disproportionate to the harm suffered by the public from the late filing.
4. Request by Susan P. Strommer for Waiver of Late-Filing Penalty
During the 2011 session, Susan P. Strommer, Esq. was a registered lobbyist for CEI Capital Management, LLC, which is a for-profit subsidiary of Coastal Enterprises, Inc. She was late filing the monthly report for November 2011 because she left her employment at CEI Capital Management, LLC. The preliminary penalty is $100 for the late report. Staff recommendation: the Commission staff recommends no waiver of the penalty.
5. Request by CasinosNO! to Investigate Green Jobs for ME and People of Lewiston/Auburn Committee
CasinosNO! has filed a request that the Commission investigate the 2011 campaign finance reporting by the two political action committees that promoted the 2011 Lewiston casino citizen initiative.
Additional Materials added 1/25/2012
The Commission will consider whether to initiate a rulemaking for amendments to the Commission Rules proposed by the Commission staff.
7. Final Audits of Legislative Candidates
In December 2011, the Commission’s auditor completed the final two audits of 2010 candidates. The audit of 2010 Senate candidate H. Sawin Millett disclosed no violations. The audit of 2010 House candidate Mark L. Chizmar found one violation. He was four months late in returning $270.75 in unspent Maine Clean Election Act (MCEA) funds to the Commission. The audit showed that he did not misspend MCEA funds. The Commission staff recommends that the Commission find that Mr. Chizmar violated 21-A M.R.S.A. §1125(12) by not returning unspent MCEA funds by the December 13, 2010 deadline, but assessing no penalty for the violation.
8. Summary of Audits of 2010 Candidates
The Commission’s auditor will present a Summary Report of his audits of 2010 Maine Clean Election Act candidates.