An Act To Apply the Same Auditing Standards to All Candidates and Political Action Committees
Sec. 1. 21-A MRSA §1003, sub-§1, as amended by PL 2013, c. 162, §1, is further amended to read:
Sec. 2. 21-A MRSA §1003, sub-§1-A is enacted to read:
Sec. 3. 21-A MRSA §1125, sub-§12-B, as enacted by PL 2007, c. 443, Pt. B, §6, is repealed.
This bill directs the Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices to conduct random audits of political action committees that are required to file campaign finance reports with the commission and candidates for state office, including candidates for Governor, State Senator, State Representative and presidential elector. The bill directs the commission to adopt rules to implement this requirement. The rules must direct the commission to audit an equal percentage of candidates for state office who are certified as Maine Clean Election Act candidates, candidates for state office who are not certified as Maine Clean Election Act candidates and political action committees. The rules must also establish standard auditing requirements to be applied to each candidate and political action committee.