Maine LD 904: An Act To Increase Fairness in Campaign Financing

LD 904 (subjects: ELECTIONS , CONTRIBUTIONS )

Official bill page at mainelegislature.org: http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/bills/display_ps.asp?ld=904&PID=1456&snum=127


Sponsors | Actions | Bill Text | Patterns of Support


Sponsors

Principal Sponsor: Rep. Gary Sukeforth of Appleton: (I – District 95) — e-mail | Facebook

1 Cosponsors:

Actions

Chamber

Action
3/12/2015 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.
3/12/2015 Senate On motion by Senator Cyrway of Kennebec, REFERRED to the Committee on Veterans and Legal Affairs, in concurrence.
6/30/2015 Senate CARRIED OVER to any Special or Regular Session of the 127th Legislature pursuant to Joint Order HP 992. in concurrence
6/30/2015 House Carried over to any special and/or regular session of the 127th Legislature pursuant to Joint Order HP 992.
6/30/2015 Senate CARRIED OVER to any Special or Regular Session of the 127th Legislature pursuant to Joint Order HP 992. , in concurrence.
3/22/2016 House Reports READ.
Representative LUCHINI of Ellsworth moved to ACCEPT the Majority Ought to Pass as Amended Report.
On further motion of the same Representative TABLED pending his motion to ACCEPT the Majority Ought to Pass as Amended Report.
Later today assigned.
3/22/2016 House Unfinished Business
3/23/2016 House Unfinished Business
3/24/2016 House Unfinished Business
3/28/2016 House Speaker laid before the House
On motion of Representative McCABE of Skowhegan TABLED pending the motion of Representative LUCHINI of Ellsworth to ACCEPT the Majority Ought to Pass as Amended Report.
Later today assigned.
3/28/2016 House Unfinished Business
3/29/2016 House Unfinished Business
3/30/2016 House Unfinished Business
3/31/2016 House Unfinished Business
4/1/2016 House Unfinished Business
4/4/2016 House Unfinished Business
4/5/2016 House Unfinished Business
4/7/2016 House Speaker laid before the House
Subsequently, the Majority Ought to Pass as Amended Report was ACCEPTED.
ROLL CALL NO. 566
(Yeas 78 – Nays 71 – Absent 2 – Excused 0)
The Bill was READ ONCE.
Committee Amendment “A” (H-568) was READ and ADOPTED.
Under suspension of the rules, the Bill was given its SECOND READING without REFERENCE to the Committee on Bills in the Second Reading.
The Bill was PASSED TO BE ENGROSSED as Amended by Committee Amendment “A” (H-568).
Sent for concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
4/8/2016 Senate On motion by Senator CYRWAY of Kennebec Tabled until Later in Today’s Session, pending ACCEPTANCE OF EITHER REPORT
Unfinished Business
4/11/2016 Senate Taken from the table by the President
On motion by Senator CYRWAY of Kennebec The Minority Ought Not To Pass Report ACCEPTED In NON-CONCURRENCE
Roll Call Ordered Roll Call Number 647 Yeas 20 – Nays 15 – Excused 0 – Absent 0 PREVAILED
Ordered sent down forthwith for concurrence
4/12/2016 House Representative McCABE of Skowhegan MOVED to RECEDE and CONCUR.
Subsequently, Representative McCABE of Skowhegan WITHDREW his motion to RECEDE and CONCUR.
Subsequently, the House INSISTED on ACCEPTANCE of the Majority Ought to Pass as Amended Report and PASSAGE TO BE ENGROSSED as Amended by Committee Amendment “A” (H-568).
ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
4/12/2016 Senate On motion by Senator CYRWAY of Kennebec The Senate INSISTED To ACCEPTANCE of the Minority OUGHT NOT TO PASS Report In NON-CONCURRENCE
Placed in Legislative Files (DEAD).

Bill Text

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An Act To Increase Fairness in Campaign Financing

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 $3,000 for a gubernatorial candidate including a maximum of $1,500 for a primary election, more than $350 $750 for a legislative candidate including a maximum of $375 for a primary election, 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 $3,000 for a gubernatorial candidate including a maximum of $1,500 for a primary election, more than $350 $750 for a legislative candidate including a maximum of $375 for a primary election, 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

Current law limits the amount individuals, political committees, political action committees and other entities may contribute to a candidate for Governor to $1,500 in any primary, general or special election. The limit for a legislative candidate is $350 per election. This bill provides that individuals, political committees, political action committees and other entities may contribute a total of $3,000 to a candidate for Governor, including a maximum of $1,500 for a primary election, and a total of $750 to a legislative candidate, including a maximum of $375 for a primary election.

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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 904 was last updated on 2016-05-12.
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