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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is a qualifying contribution?
  2. Can I use this service to make a seed money contribution to a candidate?
  3. When can I make a qualifying contribution?
  4. Who can make a qualifying contribution or donation to the Maine Clean Election Fund?
  5. Other important information
  6. Information for candidates

1. What is a qualifying contribution?

A qualifying contribution is a contribution of $5 or more made in support of a candidate who wants to run for office as a Maine Clean Election Act candidate. Candidates must raise a certain number of qualifying contributions to show they have community support from individual voters who are registered in their district.


2. Can I use this service to make a seed money contribution to a candidate?

No. Seed money contributions must be made directly to the candidate. To look up their mailing address, go to the list of candidates on the Ethics Commission's public disclosure site atnbsp; https://secure.mainecampaignfinance.com/PublicSite/SearchPages/CandidateList.aspx.


3. When can I make a qualifying contribution?

For gubernatorial candidates, from October 15, 2017 to October 16, 2018. For legislative candidates, from January 1, 2018 to October 16, 2018.


4. Who can make a qualifying contribution or donation to the Maine Clean Election Fund?

  • Only individuals can make qualifying contributions.
  • You must be registered to vote in the candidate's district.
  • Anyone can make a donation to the Maine Clean Election Fund.


5. Other important information

  • Qualifying contributions can only be made with the contributor's personal funds.
  • Contributions made with a business credit card will not be counted.
  • The candidate cannot give anything in exchange for the contribution.
  • There is no fee for using this service.
  • You will need a valid debit or credit card (VISA or MasterCard).


6. Information for candidates

  • You may see the qualifying contributions you have received by logging into your administrative site.
  • Log into the site by clicking thenbsp; Candidate Login link.
  • Enter the same username and password you use to log into the E-Filing site. Call the Ethics Commission if you don't have that information.


Questions about this service? Contact the Ethics Commission at (207) 287-4179 or ethics@maine.gov