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August 18, 2011 Commission Meeting
Click the title of an agenda item below to view a pdf file of the meeting materials relating to that item.
The Commission is required by Resolve Chapter 103 to study the Maine Clean Election Act program in light of a recent court decision eliminating matching funds from the program. The Commission staff will present some proposals for modifying the program for consideration by the Commissioners.
State Representative Howard McFadden was a Maine Clean Election Act (MCEA) candidate for the Maine House of Representatives in 2010. His campaign was selected for an audit. The audit disclosed no problems with the campaign’s financial reporting and record-keeping, but the campaign bank account contained some personal funds for most of the campaign year. No personal funds were used for campaign purposes. Commingling of MCEA funds and personal funds is prohibited. Staff recommendation: the commission staff recommends a finding of violation and assessing a penalty of $100.
Patrick McGowan was a Maine Clean Election Act candidate for the Democratic nomination for Governor in 2010. During the audit, the campaign disclosed that it accidentally overstated the seed money contributions itemized in the campaign’s April 1, 2010 seed money report, which resulted in the campaign spending MCEA funds for some staff services received prior to certification. Also, the campaign omitted from its October 2011 report nine expenditures of MCEA funds totaling $248. Staff recommendation: the commission staff recommends findings of violation and civil penalties totaling $300.
In addition to agenda items #3 and #4, the Commission’s auditor has completed seven audits of 2010 Maine Clean Election Act candidates. No exceptions (violations) were found.
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