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Registration of Political Action Committees
Any organization that meets the legal definition of a political action committee (PAC) must register with the Ethics Commission. The definition includes organization seeking to influence municipal candidate and ballot question elections in cities and towns with a population of 15,000 or more and the cities and towns choosing to implement Maine’s PAC registration and reporting laws. For PACs influencing municipal elections only, registrations should be filed with the municipal clerk.
The PAC must submit a registration form and initial campaign finance report to the Ethics Commission or Municipal Clerk within seven (7) days of reaching the applicable threshold. In the registration form, the PAC must:
The treasurer, principal officer and decision-makers must submit a signed acknowledgement of responsibilities. All replacement officers must also sign the acknowledgement within 10 days of joining the PAC.
PACs are required to maintain a separate bank account for campaign activity. All contributions must be deposited into the account and all campaign payments must be made through the account. This requirement applies to all PACs. Account records must be kept for 4 years.
PACs are required to re-register with the Ethics Commission or Municipal Clerk between January 1st and March 1st of each year in which a general election is held.
There is no fee to register a PAC in Maine.
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