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Present: Margaret E. Matheson, Esq., Acting Chair; André G. Duchette, Esq.; Michael T. Healy, Esq.; Hon. Edward M. Youngblood
1. Ratification of Minutes of the July 28, 2011 Meeting
Motion: To adopt the minutes as drafted.
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 presented some proposals for modifying the program for consideration by the Commissioners.
No action required at this time.
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.
Motion: To adopt the staff recommendation and assess 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.
Motion: To adopt the staff recommendation and assess 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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