Maine Revised Statutes

§1125. Terms of participation

1. Declaration of intent.  A participating candidate must file a declaration of intent to seek certification as a Maine Clean Election Act candidate and to comply with the requirements of this chapter. The declaration of intent must be filed with the commission prior to or during the qualifying period, except as provided in subsection 11, according to forms and procedures developed by the commission. Qualifying contributions collected more than 5 business days before the declaration of intent has been filed will not be counted toward the eligibility requirement in subsection 3.
[ 2011, c. 389, §51 (AMD) .]
2. Contribution limits for participating candidates.  Subsequent to becoming a candidate as defined by section 1, subsection 5 and prior to certification, a participating candidate may not accept contributions, except for seed money contributions. A participating candidate must limit the candidate's total seed money contributions to the following amounts:
A. Two hundred thousand dollars for a gubernatorial candidate; [2009, c. 363, §2 (AMD).]
B. One thousand five hundred dollars for a candidate for the State Senate; or [IB 1995, c. 1, §17 (NEW).]
C. Five hundred dollars for a candidate for the State House of Representatives. [IB 1995, c. 1, §17 (NEW).]
The commission may, by rule, revise these amounts to ensure the effective implementation of this chapter.
[ 2009, c. 363, §2 (AMD) .]
2-A. Seed money restrictions.  To be eligible for certification, a participating candidate may collect and spend only seed money contributions subsequent to becoming a candidate and prior to certification. A participating candidate may not solicit, accept or collect seed money contributions after certification as a Maine Clean Election Act candidate.
A. All goods and services received prior to certification must be paid for with seed money contributions, except for goods and services that are excluded from the definition of contribution in section 1012, subsection 2, paragraph B. It is a violation of this chapter for a participating candidate to use fund revenues received after certification to pay for goods and services received prior to certification. [2007, c. 443, Pt. B, §6 (NEW).]
B. Prior to certification, a participating candidate may obligate an amount greater than the seed money collected, but may only receive that portion of goods and services that has been paid for or will be paid for with seed money. A participating candidate who has accepted contributions or made expenditures that do not comply with the seed money restrictions under this chapter may petition the commission to remain eligible for certification as a Maine Clean Election Act candidate in accordance with rules of the commission, if the failure to comply was unintentional and does not constitute a significant infraction of these restrictions. [2007, c. 443, Pt. B, §6 (NEW).]
C. Upon requesting certification, a participating candidate shall file a report of all seed money contributions and expenditures. If the candidate is certified, any unspent seed money will be deducted from the amount distributed to the candidate as provided in subsection 8-A. [2009, c. 302, §11 (AMD); 2009, c. 302, §24 (AFF).]
[ 2009, c. 302, §11 (AMD); 2009, c. 302, §24 (AFF) .]
2-B. Seed money required for gubernatorial candidates; documentation.   For seed money contributions that a candidate for Governor collects to satisfy the requirement in subsection 5, paragraph C-1, the candidate shall obtain the contributor’s name, residence address, mailing address, telephone number if provided by the contributor and other information required for reporting under section 1017, subsection 5. For these contributions, the candidate shall submit to the commission during the qualifying period:
A. A contribution acknowledgment form as determined by the commission, to be completed by each person that contributes seed money, that includes the name, residence address, mailing address, optional telephone number and signature of the person making the seed money contribution acknowledging that the contribution was made with the person’s personal funds and will not be reimbursed by any source; [2009, c. 363, §3 (NEW).]
B. A list of the seed money contributions in a format determined by the commission that includes the name and mailing address of the contributor; [2009, c. 363, §3 (NEW).]
C. For seed money contributions received by check or money order, photocopies of the check or money order; and [2009, c. 363, §3 (NEW).]
D. For seed money contributions received by debit or credit card, a bank or merchant account statement that contains the cardholder’s name and that otherwise meets the requirements specified by the commission in order to verify compliance with subsection 5, paragraph C-1. [2009, c. 363, §3 (NEW).]
The commission may permit the submission of an online or electronic acknowledgment form as required by paragraph A for seed money contributions made via the Internet. The telephone numbers, e-mail addresses and bank account and credit card information of contributors that candidates have submitted to the commission pursuant to this subsection are confidential, except that the commission may disclose this information in a final audit or investigation report or determination if the information or record is materially relevant to a finding of fact or violation.
[ 2009, c. 524, §14 (AMD) .]
3. Qualifying contributions.  Participating candidates must obtain qualifying contributions during the qualifying period as follows:
A. For a gubernatorial candidate, at least 3,250 verified registered voters of this State must support the candidacy by providing a qualifying contribution to that candidate; [2007, c. 240, Pt. F, §1 (AMD); 2007, c. 443, Pt. B, §6 (AMD).]
B. For a candidate for the State Senate, at least 175 verified registered voters from the candidate's electoral division must support the candidacy by providing a qualifying contribution to that candidate; or [2009, c. 286, §6 (AMD).]
C. For a candidate for the State House of Representatives, at least 60 verified registered voters from the candidate's electoral division must support the candidacy by providing a qualifying contribution to that candidate. [2009, c. 286, §7 (AMD).]
A payment, gift or anything of value may not be given in exchange for a qualifying contribution. A candidate may pay the fee for a money order that is a qualifying contribution in the amount of $5 as long as the donor making the qualifying contribution pays the $5 amount reflected on the money order. Any money order fees paid by a participating candidate must be paid for with seed money and reported in accordance with commission rules. A money order must be signed by the contributor to be a valid qualifying contribution. The commission may establish by routine technical rule, adopted in accordance with Title 5, chapter 375, subchapter 2-A, a procedure for a qualifying contribution to be made by a credit or debit transaction and by electronic funds transfer over the Internet. Records containing information provided by individuals who have made qualifying contributions over the Internet are confidential, except for the name of the individual making the contribution, the date of the contribution, the individual's residential address and the name and office sought of the candidate in whose support the contribution was made.
It is a violation of this chapter for a participating candidate or an agent of the participating candidate to misrepresent the purpose of soliciting qualifying contributions and obtaining the contributor's signed acknowledgement.
[ 2009, c. 286, §§6, 7 (AMD) .]
4. Filing with commission.  A participating candidate must submit qualifying contributions, receipt and acknowledgement forms, proof of verification of voter registration and a seed money report to the commission during the qualifying period according to procedures developed by the commission, except as provided under subsection 11.
[ 2009, c. 363, §4 (AMD) .]
5. Certification of Maine Clean Election Act candidates.  Upon receipt of a final submittal of qualifying contributions by a participating candidate, the executive director of the commission shall determine whether the candidate has:
A. Signed and filed a declaration of intent to participate in this Act; [IB 1995, c. 1, §17 (NEW).]
B. Submitted the appropriate number of valid qualifying contributions; [IB 1995, c. 1, §17 (NEW).]
C. Qualified as a candidate by petition or other means no later than 5 business days after the end of the qualifying period; [2011, c. 389, §52 (AMD).]
C-1. As a gubernatorial candidate, collected at least $40,000 in seed money contributions from registered voters in the State; [2009, c. 363, §5 (NEW).]
D. Not accepted contributions, except for seed money contributions, and otherwise complied with seed money restrictions; [2003, c. 270, §1 (AMD).]
D-1. Not run for the same office as a nonparticipating candidate in a primary election in the same election year; [2007, c. 443, Pt. B, §6 (AMD).]
D-2. Not been found to have made a material false statement in a report or other document submitted to the commission; [2007, c. 443, Pt. B, §6 (NEW).]
D-3. Not otherwise substantially violated the provisions of this chapter or chapter 13; [2009, c. 190, Pt. B, §2 (AMD).]
D-4. Not failed to pay any civil penalty assessed by the commission under this Title, except that a candidate has 3 business days from the date of the request for certification to pay the outstanding penalty and remain eligible for certification; [2011, c. 389, §52 (AMD).]
D-5. Not submitted any fraudulent qualifying contributions or any falsified acknowledgement forms for qualifying contributions or seed money contributions; and [2011, c. 389, §52 (NEW).]
E. Otherwise met the requirements for participation in this Act. [IB 1995, c. 1, §17 (NEW).]
The executive director shall certify a candidate complying with the requirements of this section as a Maine Clean Election Act candidate as soon as possible after final submittal of qualifying contributions and other supporting documents required under subsection 4 but no later than 3 business days for legislative candidates and 5 business days for gubernatorial candidates. The executive director may take additional time if further investigation is necessary to verify compliance with this Act as long as the commission notifies the candidate regarding the anticipated schedule for conclusion of the investigation. A candidate or other interested person may appeal the decision of the executive director to the members of the commission in accordance with subsection 14.
A certified candidate must comply with all requirements of this Act after certification and throughout the primary and general election periods. Failure to do so is a violation of this chapter.
[ 2011, c. 389, §52 (AMD) .]
5-A. Revocation of certification.   The certification of a participating candidate may be revoked at any time if the commission determines that the candidate or an agent of the candidate:
A. Did not submit the required number of valid qualifying contributions; [2007, c. 443, Pt. B, §6 (NEW).]
B. Failed to qualify as a candidate by petition or other means; [2007, c. 443, Pt. B, §6 (NEW).]
C. Submitted any fraudulent qualifying contributions or qualifying contributions that were not made by the named contributor; [2007, c. 443, Pt. B, §6 (NEW).]
D. Misrepresented to a contributor the purpose of the qualifying contribution or obtaining the contributor's signature on the receipt and acknowledgement form; [2007, c. 443, Pt. B, §6 (NEW).]
E. Failed to fully comply with the seed money restrictions; [2007, c. 443, Pt. B, §6 (NEW).]
F. Knowingly accepted any contributions, including any in-kind contributions, or used funds other than fund revenues distributed under this chapter to make campaign-related expenditures without the permission of the commission; [2007, c. 443, Pt. B, §6 (NEW).]
G. Knowingly made a false statement or material misrepresentation in any report or other document required to be filed under this chapter or chapter 13; [2009, c. 363, §6 (AMD).]
H. Otherwise substantially violated the provisions of this chapter or chapter 13; or [2009, c. 363, §6 (AMD).]
I. As a gubernatorial candidate, failed to properly report seed money contributions as required by this section. [2009, c. 363, §6 (NEW).]
The determination to revoke the certification of a candidate must be made by a vote of the members of the commission after an opportunity for a hearing. A candidate whose certification is revoked shall return all unspent funds to the commission within 3 days of the commission's decision and may be required to return all funds distributed to the candidate. In addition to the requirement to return funds, the candidate may be subject to a civil penalty under section 1127. The candidate may appeal the commission's decision to revoke certification in the same manner provided in subsection 14, paragraph C.
[ 2009, c. 363, §6 (AMD) .]
5-B. Restrictions on serving as treasurer.  A participating or certified candidate may not serve as a treasurer or deputy treasurer for that candidate's campaign, except that the candidate may serve as treasurer or deputy treasurer for up to 14 days after declaring an intention to qualify for campaign financing under this chapter until the candidate identifies another person to serve as treasurer.
[ 2011, c. 389, §53 (AMD) .]
6. Restrictions on contributions and expenditures for certified candidates.  After certification, a candidate must limit the candidate's campaign expenditures and obligations, including outstanding obligations, to the revenues distributed to the candidate from the fund and may not accept any contributions unless specifically authorized by the commission. Candidates may also accept and spend interest earned on fund revenues in campaign bank accounts. All revenues distributed to a certified candidate from the fund must be used for campaign-related purposes. The candidate, the treasurer, the candidate's committee authorized pursuant to section 1013-A, subsection 1 or any agent of the candidate and committee may not use these revenues for any but campaign-related purposes. The commission shall publish guidelines outlining permissible campaign-related expenditures.
[ 2011, c. 389, §54 (AMD) .]
6-A. Assisting a person to become an opponent.   A candidate or a person who later becomes a candidate and who is seeking certification under subsection 5, or an agent of that candidate, may not assist another person in qualifying as a candidate for the same office if such a candidacy would result in the distribution of revenues under subsections 7 and 8-A for certified candidates in a contested election.
[ 2009, c. 302, §12 (AMD); 2009, c. 302, §24 (AFF) .]
6-B. Expenditures as payment to household members.  
[ 2009, c. 302, §13 (RP) .]
6-C. Expenditures to the candidate or family or household members.  Expenditures to the candidate or immediate family member or household member of the candidate are governed by this subsection.
A. The candidate may not use fund revenues to compensate the candidate or a sole proprietorship of the candidate for campaign-related services. [2009, c. 302, §14 (NEW).]
B. A candidate may not make expenditures using fund revenues to pay a member of the candidate’s immediate family or household, a business entity in which the candidate or a member of the candidate’s immediate family or household holds a significant proprietary or financial interest or a nonprofit entity in which the candidate or a member of the candidate’s immediate family or household is a director, officer, executive director or chief financial officer, unless the expenditure is made:
(1) For a legitimate campaign-related purpose;
(2) To an individual or business that provides the goods or services being purchased in the normal course of the individual's occupation or the business; and
(3) In an amount that is reasonable taking into consideration current market value and other factors the commission may choose to consider.
For the purpose of this paragraph, "business entity" means a corporation, limited liability company, limited partnership, limited liability partnership and general partnership.
If a candidate uses fund revenues for an expenditure covered by this paragraph, the candidate shall submit evidence demonstrating that the expenditure complies with the requirements of this paragraph if requested by the commission. [2009, c. 302, §14 (NEW).]
This subsection does not prohibit reimbursement to the candidate or a member of a candidate's household or immediate family when made in accordance with this chapter and rules adopted by the commission.
[ 2009, c. 302, §14 (NEW) .]
6-E. Expenditures for television advertising.  A candidate must include closed-captioning within any television advertisement that the candidate provides to a broadcasting or cable television station for broadcast to the public, except for an advertisement aired in the final 4 days before an election if inclusion of closed-captioning during that period is impractical or would materially affect the timing of the candidate’s advertisement.
[ 2011, c. 389, §55 (NEW) .]
7. Timing of fund distribution.  The commission shall distribute to certified candidates revenues from the fund in amounts determined under subsection 8-A in the following manner.
A. Within 3 days after certification, for candidates certified prior to March 15th of the election year, revenues from the fund must be distributed as if the candidates are in an uncontested primary election. [2001, c. 465, §4 (AMD).]
B. Within 3 days after certification, for all candidates certified between March 15th and the end of the qualifying period of the election year, revenues from the fund must be distributed according to whether the candidate is in a contested or uncontested primary election. [2009, c. 363, §7 (AMD).]
B-1. For candidates in contested primary elections receiving a distribution under paragraph A, additional revenues from the fund must be distributed within 3 days of March 15th of the election year. [2001, c. 465, §4 (NEW).]
C. No later than 3 days after the primary election results are certified, for general election certified candidates, revenues from the fund must be distributed according to whether the candidate is in a contested or uncontested general election. [2007, c. 443, Pt. B, §6 (AMD).]
Funds may be distributed to certified candidates under this section by any mechanism that is expeditious, ensures accountability and safeguards the integrity of the fund.
[ 2009, c. 302, §15 (AMD); 2009, c. 302, §24 (AFF); 2009, c. 363, §7 (AMD) .]
7-A. Deposit into account; release of bank records.   A candidate or a committee authorized pursuant to section 1013-A, subsection 1 shall deposit all revenues from the fund and all seed money contributions in an account, referred to in this subsection as a "campaign account," with a bank or other financial institution. The campaign funds must be segregated from, and may not be commingled with, any other funds.
A. A participating candidate shall provide to the commission a signed written authorization allowing the bank or other financial institution administering a campaign account to release to the commission all records held by that bank or institution pertaining to the campaign account, including, but not limited to, campaign account statements, records of payments or transfers from the campaign account and deposits of funds to the campaign account. [2011, c. 522, §2 (NEW); 2011, c. 522, §4 (AFF).]
B. The executive director of the commission or its auditor, during an audit or during an investigation authorized by the commission or the chair of the commission of potential noncompliance with the requirements of this chapter, chapter 13 or a rule of the commission, may request that a candidate provide the records of a campaign account. If the candidate fails to comply with the request within 30 days of receiving it, the executive director or auditor may use the authorization obtained pursuant to paragraph A to obtain the records directly from the bank or other financial institution. [2011, c. 522, §2 (NEW); 2011, c. 522, §4 (AFF).]
[ 2011, c. 522, §4 (AFF); 2011, c. 522, §2 (RPR) .]
8. Amount of fund distribution. 
[ 2009, c. 652, Pt. A, §24 (AFF); 2009, c. 652, Pt. A, §23 (RP) .]
8-A. Amount of fund distribution.  By September 1, 2011, and at least every 2 years after that date, the commission shall determine the amount of funds to be distributed to participating candidates in legislative elections based on the type of election and office. In making this determination, the commission may take into consideration any relevant information, including but not limited to:
A. The range of campaign spending by candidates for that office in the 2 preceding elections; and [2011, c. 558, §6 (AMD).]
B. The Consumer Price Index published monthly by the United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics and any other significant changes in the costs of campaigning such as postage or fuel. [2011, c. 558, §6 (AMD).]
C. [2011, c. 558, §7 (RP).]
Before making any determination, the commission shall provide notice of the determination and an opportunity to comment to the President of the Senate, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, all floor leaders, the members of the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over legal affairs and persons who have expressed interest in receiving notices of opportunities to comment on the commission's rules and policies. The commission shall present at a public meeting the basis for the commission's final determination.
For contested gubernatorial primary elections, the amount of revenues distributed is $400,000 per candidate in a primary election. For uncontested gubernatorial primary elections the amount of revenues distributed is $200,000. For contested and uncontested gubernatorial general elections, the amount of revenues distributed is $600,000 per candidate in the general election.
[ 2011, c. 558, §§6, 7 (AMD) .]
9. Matching funds. 
[ 2011, c. 558, §8 (RP) .]
10. Candidate not enrolled in a party.  An unenrolled candidate for the Legislature who submits the required number of qualifying contributions and other required documents under subsection 4 by 5:00 p.m. on April 20th preceding the primary election and who is certified is eligible for revenues from the fund in the same amounts and at the same time as an uncontested primary election candidate and a general election candidate as specified in subsections 7 and 8-A. Revenues for the general election must be distributed to the candidate no later than 3 days after certification. An unenrolled candidate for Governor who submits the required number of qualifying contributions and other required documents under subsections 2-B and 4 by 5:00 p.m. on April 1st preceding the primary election and who is certified is eligible for revenues from the fund in the same amounts and at the same time as an uncontested primary election gubernatorial candidate and a general election gubernatorial candidate as specified in subsections 7 and 8-A. Revenues for the general election must be distributed to the candidate for Governor no later than 3 days after the primary election results are certified.
[ 2011, c. 389, §56 (AMD); 2011, c. 389, §62 (AFF) .]
11. Other procedures.  The commission shall establish by rule procedures for qualification, certification, disbursement of fund revenues and return of unspent fund revenues for races involving special elections, recounts, vacancies, withdrawals or replacement candidates.
[ IB 1995, c. 1, §17 (NEW) .]
12. Reporting; unspent revenue.  Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the treasurer or deputy treasurer of participating and certified candidates shall report any money collected, all campaign expenditures, obligations, refunds received by a candidate or agent of that candidate and related activities to the commission according to procedures developed by the commission. If a certified candidate pays fund revenues to a member of the candidate's immediate family or household or a business or nonprofit entity affiliated with a member of the candidate's immediate family or household, the treasurer or deputy treasurer must disclose the candidate's relationship to the payee in a manner prescribed by the commission. In developing these procedures, the commission shall utilize existing campaign reporting procedures whenever practicable. The commission shall ensure timely public access to campaign finance data and may utilize electronic means of reporting and storing information. Upon the filing of a final report for any primary election in which the candidate was defeated and for all general elections, that candidate shall return all unspent fund revenues to the commission. If the candidate or agent of the candidate receives a refund of an expenditure made for the campaign after filing the final report, the candidate shall return those funds to the fund within 14 days of receiving the refund.
[ 2013, c. 334, §33 (AMD) .]
12-A. Required records.  The candidate or treasurer shall obtain and keep:
A. Bank or other account statements for the campaign account covering the duration of the campaign; [2005, c. 542, §5 (NEW).]
B. A vendor invoice stating the particular goods or services purchased for every expenditure in excess of $50; [2013, c. 334, §34 (AMD).]
C. A record proving that a vendor received payment for every expenditure in excess of $50 in the form of a cancelled check, cash receipt from the vendor or bank or credit card statement identifying the vendor as the payee; and [2013, c. 334, §34 (AMD).]
D. [2009, c. 524, §15 (RP).]
E. A contemporaneous document such as an invoice, contract or timesheet that specifies in detail the services provided by a vendor who was paid in excess of $500 for the election cycle for providing campaign staff or consulting services to a candidate. [2013, c. 334, §34 (AMD).]
The candidate or treasurer shall preserve the records for 3 years following the candidate's final campaign finance report for the election cycle. The candidate and treasurer shall submit photocopies of the records to the commission upon its request.
[ 2013, c. 334, §34 (AMD) .]
12-B. Audit requirements for candidates for Governor.   The commission shall audit the campaigns of candidates for Governor who receive funds under this chapter to verify compliance with election and campaign laws and rules. Within one month of declaring an intention to qualify for public financing, a candidate for Governor, the campaign's treasurer and any other relevant campaign staff shall meet with the staff of the commission to discuss audit standards, expenditure guidelines and record-keeping requirements.
[ 2007, c. 443, Pt. B, §6 (NEW) .]
12-C. Payments to political committees.   If a certified candidate makes a payment of fund revenues to a political action committee or party committee, the candidate shall include in reports required under this section a detailed explanation of the goods or services purchased according to forms and procedures developed by the commission that is sufficient to demonstrate that the payment was made solely to promote the candidate's election.
[ 2009, c. 286, §9 (NEW) .]
12-D. Duties of the campaign treasurer and deputy treasurer.   The treasurer shall file all campaign finance reports required by section 1017, this chapter and commission rules, unless the treasurer delegates the filing of reports to the deputy treasurer designated on the candidate's registration. A candidate may enter financial transactions in an electronic reporting system or on paper forms of the commission, but the report must be filed by the treasurer or deputy treasurer. The treasurer is jointly responsible with the candidate for ensuring that the campaign keeps all records required by section 1016, this chapter and commission rules. If the candidate keeps the records, the candidate shall provide the treasurer or deputy treasurer with access to the records for the purpose of filing complete and accurate campaign finance reports. The commission may hold the candidate and treasurer jointly and severally liable for any penalties assessed for violations of the financial reporting or record-keeping requirements of this chapter, chapter 13 and commission rules. If the deputy treasurer files reports for the campaign, the commission may hold the deputy treasurer jointly and severally liable for any penalties related to reports filed by the deputy treasurer.
[ 2013, c. 334, §35 (NEW) .]
13. Distributions not to exceed amount in fund. 
[ 2009, c. 524, §17 (RPR); MRSA T. 21-A, §1125, sub-§13 (RP) .]
13-A. Distributions not to exceed amount in fund.  The commission may not distribute revenues to certified candidates in excess of the total amount of money deposited in the fund as set forth in section 1124. Notwithstanding any other provisions of this chapter, if the commission determines that the revenues in the fund are insufficient to meet distributions under subsection 8-A, the commission may permit certified candidates to accept and spend contributions, reduced by any seed money contributions, aggregating no more than the applicable contribution limits established by the commission pursuant to section 1015, up to the applicable amounts set forth in subsection 8-A according to rules adopted by the commission.
This subsection takes effect September 1, 2011.
[ 2011, c. 558, §9 (AMD) .]
14. Appeals.  A candidate who has been denied certification as a Maine Clean Election Act candidate by the commission's executive director, the opponent of a candidate who has been granted certification as a Maine Clean Election Act candidate or other interested persons may challenge a certification decision by the executive director as follows.
A. A challenger may appeal to the commission within 7 days of the certification decision. The appeal must be in writing and must set forth the reasons for the appeal. [2011, c. 389, §59 (AMD).]
B. Within 5 days after an appeal is properly made and after notice is given to the challenger and any opponent, the commission shall hold a hearing, except that the commission may extend this period upon agreement of the challenger and the candidate whose certification is the subject of the appeal, or in response to the request of either party upon a showing of good cause. The appellant has the burden of proving that the certification decision was in error as a matter of law or was based on factual error. The commission must rule on the appeal within 5 business days after the completion of the hearing. [2007, c. 443, Pt. B, §6 (AMD).]
C. A challenger may appeal the decision of the commission in paragraph B by commencing an action in Superior Court within 5 days of the date of the commission's decision. The action must be conducted in accordance with Rule 80C of the Maine Rules of Civil Procedure, except that the court shall issue its written decision within 20 days of the date of the commission's decision. Any aggrieved party may appeal the decision of the Superior Court by filing a notice of appeal within 3 days of that decision. The record on appeal must be transmitted to the Law Court within 3 days after the notice of appeal is filed. After filing the notice of appeal, the parties have 4 days to file briefs and appendices with the clerk of the court. The court shall consider the case as soon as possible after the record and briefs have been filed and shall issue its decision within 14 days of the decision of the Superior Court. [2007, c. 443, Pt. B, §6 (AMD).]
D. A candidate whose certification as a Maine Clean Election Act candidate is reversed on appeal must return to the commission any unspent revenues distributed from the fund. If the commission or court finds that an appeal was made frivolously or to cause delay or hardship, the commission or court may require the moving party to pay costs of the commission, court and opposing parties, if any. [2007, c. 443, Pt. B, §6 (AMD).]
[ 2011, c. 389, §59 (AMD) .]
SECTION HISTORY
IB 1995, c. 1, §17 (NEW). 2001, c. 465, §§4-6 (AMD). 2003, c. 270, §§1,2 (AMD). 2003, c. 448, §5 (AMD). 2003, c. 453, §§1,2 (AMD). 2003, c. 688, §§A21,22 (AMD). 2005, c. 301, §§29-32 (AMD). 2005, c. 542, §§3-5 (AMD). 2007, c. 240, Pt. F, §1 (AMD). 2007, c. 443, Pt. B, §6 (AMD). 2007, c. 567, §2 (AMD). 2007, c. 571, §§11, 12 (AMD). 2007, c. 642, §11 (AMD). 2009, c. 105, §1 (AMD). 2009, c. 190, Pt. B, §2 (AMD). 2009, c. 286, §§6-9 (AMD). 2009, c. 302, §§11-22 (AMD). 2009, c. 302, §24 (AFF). 2009, c. 363, §§2-11 (AMD). 2009, c. 524, §§14-18 (AMD). 2009, c. 652, Pt. A, §25 (AMD). 2009, c. 652, Pt. A, §23 (AMD). 2009, c. 652, Pt. A, §27 (AMD). 2009, c. 652, Pt. A, §28 (AFF). 2009, c. 652, Pt. A, §24 (AFF). 2009, c. 652, Pt. A, §26 (AFF). 2011, c. 389, §§51-59 (AMD). 2011, c. 389, §62 (AFF). 2011, c. 522, §§2, 3 (AMD). 2011, c. 522, §4 (AFF). 2011, c. 558, §§6-9 (AMD). 2013, c. 334, §§33-35 (AMD).

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