Maine LD 617: An Act To Change Municipal Campaign Contribution Limits

LD 617 (subjects: ELECTIONS , CONTRIBUTIONS )

Official bill page at mainelegislature.org: http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/bills/display_ps.asp?ld=617&PID=1456&snum=127


Sponsors | Actions | Bill Text | Patterns of Support


Sponsors

Principal Sponsor: Rep. Ben Chipman of Portland: (D – District 40) — e-mail | Twitter | Facebook

8 Cosponsors:

Actions

Chamber

Action
3/3/2015 House Committee on Veterans and Legal Affairs suggested and ordered printed.
The Bill was REFERRED to the Committee on VETERANS AND LEGAL AFFAIRS.
Sent for concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
3/5/2015 Senate On motion by Senator Cyrway of Kennebec, REFERRED to the Committee on Veterans and Legal Affairs, in concurrence.
5/20/2015 House CONSENT CALENDAR – FIRST DAY
Under suspension of the rules
CONSENT CALENDAR – SECOND DAY.
The Bill was PASSED TO BE ENGROSSED as Amended by Committee Amendment “A” (H-167)
Sent for concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
5/21/2015 Senate Report READ
On motion by Senator CYRWAY of Kennebec Tabled until Later in Today’s Session, pending ACCEPTANCE of OUGHT TO PASS AS AMENDED Report , in concurrence.
Unfinished Business
5/26/2015 Senate Taken from the table by the President
ACCEPTANCE of the Report FAILED , in NON-CONCURRENCE.
Roll Call Ordered Roll Call # 89 15 Yeas – 19 Nays- 1 Excused – 0 Absent PREVAILED
Ordered sent down forthwith for concurrence.
5/27/2015 House On motion of Representative GIDEON of Freeport, TABLED pending FURTHER CONSIDERATION.
Later today assigned.
5/27/2015 House Unfinished Business
5/28/2015 House Unfinished Business
5/29/2015 House Unfinished Business
6/1/2015 House Unfinished Business
6/2/2015 House Unfinished Business
6/3/2015 House Unfinished Business
6/4/2015 House Unfinished Business
6/5/2015 House Speaker laid before the House
On motion of Representative CHIPMAN of Portland, the House RECEDED.
On motion of Representative CHIPMAN of Portland, House Amendment “B” (H-310) to Committee Amendment “A” (H-167) was READ and ADOPTED.
Committee Amendment “A” (H-167) as Amended by House Amendment “B” (H-310) thereto was ADOPTED.
Subsequently, the Bill was PASSED TO BE ENGROSSED as Amended by Committee Amendment “A” (H-167) as Amended by House Amendment “B” (H-310) thereto.
In NON-CONCURRENCE and sent for concurrence.
ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
6/8/2015 Senate On motion by Senator CYRWAY of Kennebec, the Senate Insisted to acceptance of the Committee Report as amended FAILED
Ordered sent down forthwith for concurrence.
6/9/2015 House The House INSISTED on ACCEPTANCE of the Unanimous Ought to Pass as Amended Report and PASSAGE TO BE ENGROSSED as Amended by Committee Amendment “A” (H-167) as Amended by House Amendment “B” (H-310) thereto and ASKED for a COMMITTEE OF CONFERENCE.
ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
6/10/2015 Senate On motion by Senator CYRWAY of Kennebec The Senate Adhered whereby the Senate Failed to accept the Ought to Pass As Amended Report.
Placed in Legislative Files (DEAD).

Bill Text

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An Act To Change Municipal Campaign Contribution Limits

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

Sec. 1. 21-A MRSA 1015, sub- 1, as amended by PL 2011, c. 382, 1, is further amended to read:

1. Individuals. An individual may not make contributions to a candidate in support of the candidacy of one person aggregating more than $1,500 in any election for a gubernatorial candidate, more than $350 for a legislative candidate, more than $350 for a candidate for municipal office and beginning January 1, 2012 more than $750 for a candidate for municipal office or more than $750 in any election for any other candidate. This limitation does not apply to contributions in support of a candidate by that candidate or that candidate’s spouse or domestic partner. Beginning December 1, 2010, contribution limits in accordance with this subsection are adjusted every 2 years based on the Consumer Price Index as reported by the United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics and rounded to the nearest amount divisible by $25. The commission shall post the current contribution limit and the amount of the next adjustment and the date that it will become effective on its publicly accessible website and include this information with any publication to be used as a guide for candidates.

Sec. 2. 21-A MRSA 1015, sub- 2, as amended by PL 2011, c. 382, 2, is further amended to read:

2. Committees; corporations; associations. A political committee, political action committee, other committee, firm, partnership, corporation, association or organization may not make contributions to a candidate in support of the candidacy of one person aggregating more than $1,500 in any election for a gubernatorial candidate, more than $350 for a legislative candidate, more than $350 for a candidate for municipal office and beginning January 1, 2012 more than $750 for a candidate for municipal office or more than $750 in any election for any other candidate. Beginning December 1, 2010, contribution limits in accordance with this subsection are adjusted every 2 years based on the Consumer Price Index as reported by the United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics and rounded to the nearest amount divisible by $25. The commission shall post the current contribution limit and the amount of the next adjustment and the date that it will become effective on its publicly accessible website and include this information with any publication to be used as a guide for candidates.

summary

This bill reduces the maximum allowable contribution to a municipal candidate from $750 to $350, which was the limit prior to January 1, 2012.

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.


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