Maine PAC faces fine for late filing

Posted Oct. 31, 2008, at 3:02 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — The political action committee that’s fighting Maine’s new tax on beer, wine and soda is facing potential sanctions for missing a deadline for reporting campaign expenditures.

Jonathan Wayne, executive director of the state ethics commission, says expenditure reports for $2,403 and $748,628 missed a 24-hour reporting requirement that goes into effect 13 days before the election.

Wayne says the reports were due Oct. 24 and Oct. 25, but weren’t filed until Monday night. The commission im-posed a preliminary fine of $10,000 for the larger expenditure and $96.12 for the smaller expense.

Fed Up With Taxes can appeal for a full hearing of the ethics commission, which won’t meet until after the elec-tion. Spokesman Newell Augur said a law firm contracted to file the expenditure reports has owned up to the mis-take. He says that depite the delay, all expenditures have been reported to the public.

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