An Act To Prohibit a Person from Collecting Contributions under the Maine Clean Election Act at a Polling Place
Sec. 1. 21-A MRSA §1125, sub-§2-A, as amended by IB 2015, c. 1, §16, is further amended to read:
Sec. 2. 21-A MRSA §1125, sub-§3, as amended by IB 2015, c. 1, §18, is further amended to read:
A participating candidate may not solicit, accept or collect qualifying contributions within a voting place or on public property within 250 feet of the entrance to the voting place. 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.
This bill prohibits the solicitation, acceptance or collection by a participating candidate under the Maine Clean Election Act of seed money contributions or qualifying contributions within 250 feet of the entrance to a voting place as well as within the voting place itself.