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December 5, 2013 Commission Meeting (rescheduled from October 16, 2013)
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2. Misreporting of 2011 Campaign Contributions/Lewiston Casino PACs (links to materials below)
In 2010 and 2011, campaign manager Stavros Mendros formed two political action committees (PACs) to promote a citizen initiative to bring a casino to Lewiston. The PACs reported receiving more than $400,000 in out-of-state funding from GT Source Corporation, a Georgia supplier of slot machines. A post-complaint investigation by the Commission staff demonstrates that GT Source Corporation provided no money for the political campaign. The campaign funds came from others in the gambling industry, who were not disclosed to Maine voters before the 2011 election. Mr. Mendros and PAC treasurer Peter Robinson maintain that they relied on information and statements provided to them by others.
The Commission is directed by statute to adopt guidelines for permissible expenditures of public campaign funds by Maine Clean Election Act candidates. The Commission staff proposes changes to the guidelines for the 2014 elections.
The Commission staff proposes possible legislation for the 2014 session relating to who is considered an agent of a candidate or a member of the candidate’s political committee for purposes of determining whether a candidate has received a contribution through a coordinated expenditure. We also propose changes to the Commission’s current statute making certain categories of investigative working papers confidential.
Executive Session (if necessary)
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