July 30, 2009 Commission Meeting
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Meeting of July 30, 2009, 9:00 a.m.
Burton M. Cross Office Building, Room 208,
111 Sewall Street, Augusta, Maine
1. Ratification of Minutes of the May 28, 2009 Meeting
2. Waiver of Late Filing Penalties/Androscoggin Republican County Committee
The Androscoggin Republican County Committee was required to file three campaign finance reports due July 15, 2008, October 24, 2008, and January 15, 2009 because it raised and spent more than $1,500 in early 2008. The committee filed the reports several months late on May 23, 2009. The preliminary penalties for the October and January reports were $500 each, for a total of $1,000. No penalty was appropriate for the July report because it contained no contributions or expenditures. Through its chair, the committee requests a waiver of the late-filing penalties. Staff recommendation: the staff recommends reducing the penalties by one-half to $250 each, for a total of $500.
3. Public Hearing on Proposed Rule Amendments
At its May 28, 2009 meeting, the Commission decided to accept public comment on changes to the Commission Rules proposed by staff. The Commission will hold a public hearing on the proposed changes as part of the July 30 meeting. Written comments may be submitted until August 14, 2009.
4. Final Adoption of Major Substantive Rule Changes
On March 26, 2009, the Commission provisionally adopted changes to Chapter 3 of the Commission’s Rules. Because the rules are major substantive, the Commission’s amendments were reviewed by the Maine Legislature. The Legislature authorized the Commission to finally adopt the rule amendments if it amends the proposed rule regarding the requirement of Maine Clean Election Act candidates to sell property or equipment purchased with public funds.
5. Proposed Update to Commission’s Policy on Candidates’ Payments of Campaign Funds to Family and Household Members
The Commission staff proposes changes to the Commission’s policy on candidates’ payments of campaign funds to members of the candidate’s immediate family and household.
6. Proposed Changes to Maine Clean Election Act Expenditure Guidelines for 2010
The Commission will consider updating the guidelines for candidates’ expenditures of Maine Clean Election Act funds for the 2010 elections.
7. Proposed Legislation for 2010
Administrative agencies may submit bills to the Legislature for the 2010 session no later than Wednesday, September 23, 2009. The staff proposes legislation that the Commission may wish to submit for the 2010 session.
8. Developing Ethical Standards for the Executive Branch
In the 2009 session, the Maine Legislature adopted Resolve Chapter 88, which requires the Commission to develop proposed ethical standards for the executive branch of Maine state government.
9. Audits of 2008 Maine Clean Election Act Candidates
The Commission staff will present eight audits completed by the Commission’s former auditor in May and June 2009. No exceptions were found in the audits.
10. Carl Lindemann/Maine Heritage Policy Center: Completeness of Financial Report concerning 2006 TABOR Initiative
Carl Lindemann requests that the Commission investigate the accuracy of a campaign finance report filed by the Maine Heritage Policy Center regarding its activities in support of the 2006 Taxpayer Bill of Rights citizen initiative.
11. Carl Lindemann/Maine Heritage Policy Center: Alleged Material Misrepresentations in 2006
Carl Lindemann requests that the Commission consider whether the Maine Heritage Policy Center made material misrepresentations to the Commission in the course of responding to Mr. Lindemann’s 2006 request for an investigation.
Ratification of Minutes of the June 15, 2009 Meeting