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Commission Actions
Meeting of April 5, 2013, at 9:00 a.m.
Commission Office, 45 Memorial Circle, 2nd Floor, Augusta, Maine
and
DHHS Main Office, 221 State Street, Augusta Maine

Present: Walter F. McKee, Esq., Chair; Margaret E. Matheson, Esq., Michael T. Healy, Esq.  Staff:  Jonathan Wayne, Executive Director; Phyllis Gardiner, Counsel

By phone:  André G. Duchette, Esq.; Hon. Jane Amero

 

1. Ratification of Minutes of the January 17, 2013Meeting

Motion: To adopt the minutes as drafted.
Made by: Ms. Matheson
Seconded by: Mr. Healy
Vote: 5-0 (motion passed)

2. Objections by Rep. Michael Nadeau and James Majka to Subpoenas (withdrawn)
Rep. Michael Nadeau and James Majka withdrew the objections to the subpoenae.

3. Complaint against Defense of Liberty PAC
Patrick Eisenhart had requested an investigation of the Defense of Liberty political action committee (DOLPAC), alleging that the PAC was formed for business purposes to benefit its founders and has not properly reported its financial activity.

Motion: To accept the staff recommendation and to take no further action with respect to an investigation.
Made by: Ms. Matheson
Seconded by: Mr. Healy
Vote: 5-0 (motion passed)

4. Request for Waiver of Late-Filing Penalty/League of Young Voters Maine PAC
By spending money on a voter guide endorsing candidates, the League of Young Voters Maine PAC was required to file two reports with the Commission on October 26, 2012. Due to a miscommunication by the Commission staff, the PAC filed its regular PAC report that day, but not an independent expenditure report.

Motion: To accept the staff recommendation and grant a full waiver of the penalty.
Made by: Ms. Matheson
Seconded by: Ms. Amero
Vote: 5-0 (motion passed)

5. Request for Waiver of Late-Filing Penalty/Candidate Stuart Pennels
postponed until next meeting

6. Audits of Maine Clean Election Act Candidates
The Commission’s auditor has completed 31 audits.
No action required.

7. Adoption of Amendments to Commission Rules
There being no further public comment, the Commission adopted the final draft of the staff’s proposed rule changes.

Motion: To finally adopt the rule amendments.
Made by: Ms. Matheson
Seconded by: Mr. Duchette
Vote: 5-0 (motion passed)