April 5, 2013 Commission Meeting
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Meeting of April 5, 2013, at 9:00 a.m.
Commission Office, 45 Memorial Circle, 2nd Floor, Augusta, Maine
1. Ratification of Minutes of the January 17, 2013 Meeting
2. Objections by Rep. Michael Nadeau and James Majka to Subpoenas (withdrawn)
The Commission has issued subpoenas for financial records in the investigation of campaign spending to influence the 2012 race for Maine House of Representatives, District 1. Rep. Michael Nadeau and James Majka have objected to the subpoenas.
Additional Material (4/3/2013)
3. Complaint against Defense of Liberty PAC
Patrick Eisenhart has 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. Staff recommendation: the staff believes that the issue of DOLPAC’s purpose is outside the Commission’s jurisdiction. The staff recommends no investigation of misreporting, because the complaint has not shown sufficient grounds for believing that a violation may have occurred.
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. Staff recommendation: the staff recommends a full waiver of the penalty.
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 program of auditing 2012 Maine Clean Election Act candidates continues. Since the Commission’s last meeting, the auditor has completed 31 audits.
7. Adoption of Amendments to Commission Rules
The Commission initiated a rulemaking on December 19, 2012 to consider amendments to the Commission rules proposed by staff. No comments were received by the deadline of January 30, 2013. The Commission will consider whether to amend its rules, as proposed by the Commission staff.
EXECUTIVE SESSION (if necessary)