Maine Per-election Contribution Limit Overturned in Federal Court - State and Federal Communications

August 22, 2014  •  

Maine Per-election Contribution Limit Overturned in Federal Court

Flag of MaineU.S. District Court Judge D. Brock Hornby ruled in favor of four supporters of independent gubernatorial candidate Eliot Cutler who sued the state of Maine, alleging minor parties are at a disadvantage under sections 1015(1) and 1015(2) of Chapter 21-A of the Maine Revised Statutes. These provisions of law impose a per election limit of $1,500 per individual or entity.

Hornby granted a preliminary injunction, reasoning the per election limit unconstitutionally applied to supporters of Cutler. This ruling effectively allows supporters of Cutler to increase their contributions to $3,000 during the upcoming general election.

Whether the ruling will be appealed by the state is unclear.

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