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Walter McKee

Maine Ethics Commission changes donor limit rule in governor’s race

By Christopher Cousins on Aug. 27, 2014, at 5:31 p.m.
AUGUSTA | The Maine Ethics Commission voted unanimously on Wednesday not to enforce certain campaign contribution limits in the governor’s race between now and the general election on Nov. 4. The commission’s vote came after a decision last week by U.S. District Court Judge Brock Hornby in response to …

Maine’s battle with National Organization for Marriage is worth it

on May 26, 2014, at 3:43 p.m.
If it were only a matter of a fine, the National Organization for Marriage likely would have paid up a long time ago. But the Maine Ethics Commission, an independent state agency that administers Maine’s campaign finance laws, isn’t really fighting for NOM’s money. It’s after light. Maine ethics investigators …
Eliot Cutler

Eliot Cutler likes chances in 3-way race for governor

By Nick McCrea on Jan. 30, 2013, at 11:12 a.m.
Former independent candidate calls on Maine to plan for future of trade, tourism.
Nichi S. Farnham

Commission finds no illegal coordination between Farnham and committee; PAC fined $250 for paperwork violation

By Matthew Stone on Oct. 31, 2012, at 10:44 a.m.
AUGUSTA | Members of the Maine Ethics Commission on Wednesday unanimously ruled that a Republican senator from Bangor didn’t improperly coordinate with a political action committee to funnel $73,000 into advertising targeting her opponent. The commission ordered no further investigation into allegations raised by the Maine Democratic Party. The …

Augusta House candidate pleads not guilty to falsifying Clean Election contributions

By Matthew Stone on June 06, 2012, at 6:35 p.m.
A Maine House candidate from Augusta pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges that he encouraged 13 people to falsely claim they made personal contributions to qualify him for Maine Clean Election Act funding. Michael Hein, who’s running as a Republican for the House District 57 seat, submitted …

Maine ethics panel pushes to exempt candidate-owned news outlets from campaign finance rules

By Matthew Stone on June 06, 2012, at 11:19 a.m.
AUGUSTA | Maine’s election watchdog agency is trying to clarify that news organizations owned by political candidates and their immediate family members are not subject to the state campaign finance and disclosure requirements that govern candidates, political action committees and other organizations working to influence elections. A rule recently …
A voting registration sign stands near the entrance to Brewer Auditorium, as voters make their choices in the June 2010 election.

Maine ethics panel fines opponents of same-day voter registration

By Eric Russell on Nov. 01, 2011, at 5:59 p.m.
AUGUSTA | A year after an out-of-state campaign group was hit with the largest ethics fine in state history for failing to disclose its donors until after the election, opponents of this fall’s Question 1 were penalized Tuesday for using a similar tactic. The Maine Ethics Commission levied a …

Supreme Court ruling to affect Maine Clean Elections

By Kevin Miller on June 27, 2011, at 3:16 p.m.
AUGUSTA | A key provision of Maine’s public campaign financing program will have to be rewritten following a U.S. Supreme Court ruling on Monday striking down a nearly identical law on the books in Arizona. In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court declared as unconstitutional an Arizona law that …

Biggest lobbyist spenders in Maine: tobacco, racino and turnpike

By Steve Mistler, Sun Journal on April 21, 2011, at 11:28 p.m.
Last month the Maine Turnpike Authority announced that it was immediately canceling all of its contracts with outside lobbyists. The move was a response to a watchdog report and high-profile legislative hearings that raised questions about the quasi-governmental agency’s spending practices. Officials for the MTA said eliminating the contracts would …
Dennis Bailey

Scarcelli’s husband admits to hand in Cutler Files

By Kevin Miller on Jan. 27, 2011, at 12:59 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Thom Rhoads, the husband of former Democratic gubernatorial candidate Rosa Scarcelli, admitted Thursday he was the second person behind the anonymous anti-Eliot Cutler website that has been the subject of a lengthy investigation by the Maine Ethics Commission. Rhoads acknowledged his role in the Cutler Files site …
Eliot Cutler

Anti-Cutler site may have violated law

By Kevin Miller on Dec. 18, 2010, at 12:03 a.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine  — The authors of a website attacking former gubernatorial candidate Eliot Cutler appear to have violated Maine’s campaign disclosure laws, according to a report from the staff at the Maine Ethics Commission. The staff stopped short of recommending that the commission sanction the authors, whose attorneys have argued …

Ethics panel cracks down on attack ads

By Kevin Miller on Oct. 28, 2010, at 10:34 p.m.
AUGUSTA | The Maine Ethics Commission ruled Thursday that a national Republican group failed to promptly notify the state about $400,000 in campaign ads purchased for state Senate races. The Maine Democratic Party had filed a complaint with the commission alleging that the Republican State Leadership Committee may have …

Major parties fighting over out-of-state funds

By Eric Russell on Oct. 26, 2010, at 10:50 p.m.
BANGOR | State Democrat and Republican leaders are blasting each other this week for the large amount of out-of-state money that is being spent on negative advertising in local legislative races as the campaign season winds down. The Maine Democratic Party has filed a complaint with the state alleging …

Out-of-state PAC spends $400K targeting Maine local Dems

By Eric Russell on Oct. 26, 2010, at 11:08 a.m.
Democrats say the complaint has the potential to be the largest ethics violation in state history.

Publicly financed candidate Mitchell outspends Maine field

The Associated Press on Oct. 25, 2010, at 12:03 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Democrat Libby Mitchell, whose campaign in Maine’s gubernatorial race is publicly financed through the Maine Clean Election Act, has reported spending $1.7 million to date, making her the top spender. The most recent campaign finance reports shows that independent Eliot Cutler has spent nearly $1.6 million in …
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