Maine LD 189: An Act To Prohibit Undisclosed Political Spending

LD 189 (subjects: ELECTIONS , CAMPAIGN FINANCE )

Official bill page at mainelegislature.org: http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/bills/display_ps.asp?ld=189&PID=1456&snum=127


Sponsors | Actions | Bill Text | Patterns of Support


Sponsors

Principal Sponsor: Sen. Thomas Saviello of Franklin: (R – District 17) — e-mail

3 Cosponsors:

Actions

Chamber

Action
1/29/2015 Senate Committee on VETERANS AND LEGAL AFFAIRS
suggested and ordered printed
On motion by Senator Cyrway of Kennebec REFERRED to the Committee on VETERANS AND LEGAL AFFAIRS
Ordered sent down forthwith for concurrence.
1/29/2015 House Bill REFERRED to the Committee on VETERANS AND LEGAL AFFAIRS.
In concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
5/12/2015 Senate Pursuant to Joint Rule 310.3 Placed in Legislative Files (DEAD)

Bill Text

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An Act To Prohibit Undisclosed Political Spending

Be it enacted by the People of the State of Maine as follows:

Sec. 1. 21-A MRSA 1017-A, sub- 1-A is enacted to read:

1-A. Identification of contributions from certain entities. A party committee shall report all donors disclosed to the party committee pursuant to section 1017-B, subsection 4.

Sec. 2. 21-A MRSA 1017-B, sub- 4 is enacted to read:

4. Record of contributions from certain entities. An entity qualifying for tax-exempt status under 26 United States Code, Section 501(c)(4), 501(c)(5) or 501(c)(6) that makes a contribution to a party committee shall disclose to the party committee all donors to that tax-exempt entity during the previous 2 calendar years. The treasurer of the party committee shall keep a record of the disclosure and may not accept a contribution from a tax-exempt entity unless the contribution is accompanied by the disclosure.

Sec. 3. 21-A MRSA 1057, sub- 3-A is enacted to read:

3-A. Record of contributions from certain entities. An entity qualifying for tax-exempt status under 26 United States Code, Section 501(c)(4), 501(c)(5) or 501(c)(6) that makes a contribution to a political action committee or to an out-of-state political action committee that makes expenditures to influence a campaign in the State shall disclose to the political action committee all donors to that tax-exempt entity during the previous 2 calendar years. The treasurer of the political action committee shall keep a record of the disclosure and may not accept a contribution from a tax-exempt entity unless the contribution is accompanied by the disclosure.

Sec. 4. 21-A MRSA 1060, sub- 6, as amended by PL 2011, c. 389, 47, is further amended to read:

6. Identification of contributions. Names, occupations, places of business and mailing addresses of contributors who have given more than $50 to the political action committee in the reporting period and the amount and date of each contribution, except that an organization qualifying as a political action committee under section 1052, subsection 5, paragraph A, subparagraph (5) is required to report only those contributions made to the organization for the purpose of influencing a ballot question or the nomination or election of a candidate to political office and all transfers to or funds used to support the political action committee from the general treasury of the organization; and

Sec. 5. 21-A MRSA 1060, sub- 6-A is enacted to read:

6-A. Identification of contributions from certain entities. Donors disclosed to the political action committee under section 1057, subsection 3-A. Out-of-state political action committees not required to register with the commission in receipt of donor information under section 1057, subsection 3-A shall disclose this donor information within 14 days of receiving a contribution; and

summary

This bill requires nonprofit entities to disclose their donors from the previous 2 calendar years when making a contribution to a registered Maine party committee, registered Maine political action committee or out-of-state political action committee making expenditures to influence an election in Maine.

Patterns of Support

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Note: Maine Clean Elections Act (MCEA) Qualified candidates only accept a small dollar value of initial contributions early in their campaigns, pledge not to accept further campaign contributions from private sources, and receive public funding for their campaigns. MCEA Non-Qualified candidates choose not to obtain public funding and instead are free to accept campaign contributions from individuals, party committees, political action committees and business sources.


This information about LD 189 was last updated on 2016-05-12.
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