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Posted on: February 5, 2019

Campaign Reports Ordinance adopted 2/5/2019

On February 5, 2019 Town Council adopted an amendment to the Bar Harbor Town Code, enacting Chapter 67, Campaign Reports in Municipal Referenda Campaigns, which takes effect March 7, 2019.

Campaign Reports in Municipal Referenda Campaigns
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An Amendment to the Town Code to Enact Chapter 67: Campaign Reports in Municipal Referenda Campaigns

WHEREAS, disclosure of the identity of donors and the amount of contributions in local elections will enable the Town of Bar Harbor electorate to make informed decisions and give proper weight to different speakers and messages;

WHEREAS, disclosure of the money spent to support or oppose referenda will enable the Town of Bar Harbor electorate to evaluate the merits of referenda and prevent corruption;

WHEREAS, the prompt disclosure of corporate expenditures and contributions in local elections will provide shareholders of corporations and citizens with the information needed to hold corporations and elected officials accountable;

WHEREAS, disclosure of campaign contributions and expenditures is particularly critical in light of the increasing prevalence and influence of Political Action Committees and Ballot Question Committees in local elections and referenda.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT ORDERED, that pursuant to the Town of Bar Harbor’s home rule authority articulated in 30-A M.R.S. section 3001 et seq. and pursuant to 30-A M.R.S. § 2502the Town of Bar Harbor hereby ordains that Chapter 67, “Campaign Reports in Municipal Referenda Campaigns” shall be enacted as follows:

Chapter 67: Campaign Reports in Municipal Referenda Campaigns

Article I: Campaign Reports in Municipal Referenda Campaigns

§ 67–1. Reports by Political Action Committees and Ballot Question Committees

A.  Pursuant to 30-A M.R.S. § 2502(2), the Town of Bar Harbor adopts and shall be governed by Title 21-A, chapter 13, subchapter 4 (21-A M.R.S. §§ 1051–1063), as it may be amended.

B.  Registrations and campaign finance reports submitted in accordance with 21-A M.R.S. §§ 1051–1063, as it may be amended, shall be filed with the Town Clerk, not the State Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices.

C.  Pursuant to 30-A M.R.S. § 2502(3), as it may be amended, the Town shall keep said registrations and reports for 8 years.

§ 67-2. Severability.

In the event that any section, subsection, or portion of this chapter, or the application of such section, subsection, or portion of this chapter to any person or circumstance, shall be declared by any competent court to be invalid for any reason, such decision shall not be deemed to affect the validity of any other section, subsection, or portion of this chapter, or the applicability of such section, subsection, or portion of this chapter to other persons or circumstances.

§ 67–3. Effective Date.

The provisions of these sections shall be effective thirty (30) days after passage.

                                       [End of Ordinance]

 


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