Spending Money in Cooperation
with a Candidate's Campaign
Individuals and organizations may spend money in support of political
candidates subject to certain restrictions and reporting requirements.
If the individual or organization cooperates or consults with the candidate, the candidate's committee, or their agents about making the expenditure, it is considered
a contribution to the campaign. That is prohibited in the case of Maine
Clean Election Act (MCEA) candidates, because they may not accept contributions.
An expenditure that is coordinated with a traditionally financed candidate
(not participating in the MCEA) is subject to the contribution limits.
Coordinated expenditures must be reported to the Ethics Commission
by the candidate as a contribution.
If the expenditure is made independently of the candidate, it may meet
the definition of an independent expenditure. Please see Independent
Expenditures for more information.