persons or entities that contribute money or make expenditures. I conclude thatthe plaintiffs have failed to show a likelihood of success on their claim that theMaine statute violates the First Amendment. I therefore
the motion for atemporary restraining order.
The case will proceed in the ordinary course.
According to § 1056-B of Maine's election statute, “any person not definedas a political action committee who receives contributions or makes expenditures,other than by contribution to a political action committee, aggregating in excess of $5,000 for the purpose of initiating, promoting, defeating or influencing in any way a ballot question must” register as a Ballot Question Committee with theMaine Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices (the“Commission”) and file reports with the Commission.
A “contribution” includes:A. Funds that the contributor specified were given in connection with a ballot question;B. Funds provided in response to a solicitation that would leadthe contributor to believe that the funds would be usedspecifically for the purpose of initiating, promoting, defeating orinfluencing in any way a ballot question;C. Funds that can reasonably be determined to have beenprovided by the contributor for the purpose of initiating,promoting, defeating or influencing in any way a ballot
At oral argument, the plaintiffs agreed that the scheduling of the TRO hearing had granted theirmotion for expedited relief and that no further action on that motion is necessary.
21-A M.R.S.A. § 1056-B. A “person” is defined as “an individual, committee, firm, partnership,
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