State Chairman Vice Chairman Treasurer Secretary National Committeeman National Committeewoman Executive Director

Charles M. Webster Ruth Summers Benjamin Lombard Charles L. Mahaleris Mark Willis Ashley Ryan Michael Quatrano

9 Higgins Street Augusta, ME 04330 (207) 622-6247 mainegop@mainegop.com October 9, 2012 Mr. Joshua S. Levine Director, Americans Elect 1901 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Suite 1000 Washington, DC 20006

Dear Mr. Levine: I write concerning Americans Elect’s recent entry into the Maine Senate race in direct support of Angus King, and to ask whether or not you support Americans Elect’s engaging in direct candidate support. You are listed as a member of Americans Elect’s board of directors. As such, you are responsible for Americans Elect’s actions, including for the accuracy of its filings with the Internal Revenue Service. Americans Elect’s IRS filings are crucial, because these filings are the sole source the public has with regard to learning about Americans Elect’s sources of support and activities. These filings are also important for Americans Elect’s contributors, as they set forth Americans Elect’s purpose. Notably, Americans Elect’s IRS filings state unequivocally that Americans Elect “does not and will not support or oppose any candidate or candidate committee.” Despite this, Americans Elect has recently spent over half a million dollars on television ads in Maine expressly advocating for the election of Angus King. As a member of Americans Elect’s board of directors, you have an obligation to explain to the public why Americans Elect has chosen to spend its publically undisclosed money in direct contradiction to its IRS statement of purpose; and to explain your role in its doing so. To that end, I respectfully ask you to answer the following questions: (1) Were you aware of, and did you support, Americans Elect’s intervention into the Maine Senate race? (2) Did the Americans Elect board of directors vote to approve this intervention into the Maine Senate race? (3) Did you, or are you aware of anyone else on the Americans Elect board of directors, have any contact with Angus King, the King campaign, or any agent of the King campaign, concerning Americans Elect’s intervention into the Maine Senate race?

Paid for and authorized by the Maine Republican Party, Benjamin Lombard, Treasurer. Not authorized by any candidate or candidate committee Maine Republican Party, 9 Higgins St., Augusta, ME 04330 (207) 622-6247 www.mainegop.com

(4) Did you have any conversation with Eliot Cutler concerning the King campaign, or concerning Americans Elect’s intervention into the Maine Senate race? (5) Do you now support Americans Elect’s intervention into the Maine Senate race on behalf of Angus King?

Sincerely,

Charles Webster, Chairman Maine Republican Party

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