Maine’s Ethics Commission Clarifies Contribution Exception - State and Federal Communications

September 2, 2016  •  

Maine’s Ethics Commission Clarifies Contribution Exception

MaineOn August 31, 2016, the Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices adopted a rule clarifying the “house party” exception from the definition of contribution. Following complaints the exception amounted to undisclosed contributions, the commission adopted a rule stating the costs of food and beverages are exempt only if they relate to the personal services provided by the volunteer and only if paid for by a single volunteer.

The rule will be effective following certification from the secretary of state.

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