Maine LD 619: An Act To Limit the Participation of Candidates and Legislators in Political Action Committees and Nonprofit Entities Conducting Political Activities

LD 619 (subjects: ELECTIONS , CAMPAIGN FINANCE )

Official bill page at mainelegislature.org: http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/bills/display_ps.asp?ld=619&PID=1456&snum=127


Sponsors | Actions | Bill Text | Patterns of Support


Sponsors

Principal Sponsor: Rep. Justin Chenette of Saco: (D – District 15) — 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.
4/14/2015 Senate Pursuant to Joint Rule 310.3 Placed in Legislative Files (DEAD)

Bill Text

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An Act To Limit the Participation of Candidates and Legislators in Political Action Committees and Nonprofit Entities Conducting Political Activities

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

Sec. 1. 21-A MRSA 1013-A, sub- 6 is enacted to read:

6. Candidate and Legislator participation in organizations active in candidate campaigns prohibited. A candidate or Legislator may not solicit donations or play any other role for any nonprofit entity that is active in campaigns in the State unless the nonprofit entity limits its political activities to ballot questions for the duration of the election cycle. For purposes of this subsection, “nonprofit entity” includes any tax-exempt organization under 26 United States Code, Section 501. Nothing in this subsection prohibits a candidate from raising funds for a state, district, county or municipal political committee or for an organization exempt from taxation under 26 United States Code, Section 501(c)(3). The commission may establish by routine technical rules as defined in Title 5, chapter 375, subchapter 2-A forms and procedures for ensuring compliance with this subsection.

Sec. 2. 21-A MRSA 1052-A, sub- 6 is enacted to read:

6. Candidate and Legislator participation in political action committees active in candidate campaigns prohibited. A candidate or Legislator may not solicit contributions for or play any other role in a political action committee registered under this section or an out-of-state political action committee registered under section 1053-B unless the committee agrees to make expenditures only with regard to ballot questions for the duration of the election cycle. Nothing in this subsection prohibits candidate involvement in a candidate’s own campaign registered under section 1013-A, subsection 1, paragraph A or B or in a state, district, county or municipal political committee. The commission may establish by routine technical rules as defined in Title 5, chapter 375, subchapter 2-A forms and procedures for ensuring compliance with this subsection.

SUMMARY

This bill prohibits a candidate or current Legislator from soliciting contributions for or playing any role in a political action committee or a nonprofit entity unless the organization limits its activities to ballot questions for the duration of the election cycle.

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 619 was last updated on 2016-05-12.
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