Ruling Expected in Maine Campaign Finance Suit - State and Federal Communications

August 15, 2014  •  

Ruling Expected in Maine Campaign Finance Suit

MaineA ruling is expected in the coming days in a federal lawsuit challenging certain provisions of Maine’s campaign finance law.

Four supporters of gubernatorial candidate Eliot Cutler sued the state of Maine, alleging minor parties, including independent candidates, are at a disadvantage under sections 1015(1) and 1015(2) of Chapter 21-A of the Maine Revised Statutes. These provisions of law limit political contributions to a gubernatorial candidate from an individual, political committee, corporation, or business entity to $1,500 in any election.

Cutler is running as an independent and therefore did not participate in a primary election. As a result, the law only allows Cutler to collect $1,500 per contributor because he will only participate in the general election.

The plaintiffs are seeking both a preliminary and a permanent injunction to stifle enforcement of the $1,500 per election limit as applied to independent candidates. If U.S. District Judge D. Brock Hornby decides to enjoin the law, the injunction will apply to the 2014 election cycle.

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