Poliquin may be violating campaign finance reporting requirements
On April 23, 2012 At 12:31 pm
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Treasurer Bruce Poliquin was the only major candidate for Maine’s US Senate seat that failed to file a 1st Quarter finance report last week. Candidates who raised or spent more than $5,000 on their campaign prior to the end-of-day on 31 March were required to have filed a report with the Federal Elections Commission (FEC).
When asked about whether the Poliquin for Senate campaign filed a report, Tyler Harbor of Harcom Strategies replied (via email):
We were not required by the FEC to file a quarterly report due to the date the campaign organized. While we will not be releasing our fundraising totals until the pre-primary disclosure (15-days before the primary election), the fact that we are the only campaign on statewide television demonstrates our superior financial position compared to the other candidates.
I contacted the FEC to verify whether the Poliquin campaign was not required to file a 1st Quarter report, and while they would not provide a specific answer, I was told that if any campaign raised or spent one penny more than $5,000 before 1 April 2012, then the campaign was required to submit a report.
Poliquin’s campaign received a $5,000 donation from the Alamo PAC on 6 March 2012, and while it is possible that no other donations were received over the next 25 days, it is unlikely. Even any loan or contribution from the candidate would push the campaign over the threshold.
The Poliquin for Senate campaign also sent out an email on 27 March soliciting donations. From it:
Our campaign is off to a great start! We’re the only campaign to gather over 3,200 signatures in ten days using unpaid volunteers. This demonstrates the strength of our message and the powerful support we have across Maine.
We have started to raise money from Mainers and supporters across the country. The balance of power in Washington could very well hinge on this U.S. Senate seat. We need you to contribute today so that we can push back against Angus King who is convinced that this seat is his to lose.
Is it true that Poliquin was not able to raise even a $5 or $10 contribution from this email appeal before the end of March? Or that at his campaign kick-off party in Warren in mid-March not one person gave a contribution?
And one assumes that there have been expenditures since Poliquin announced on 2 March that he would seek the Senate seat.
Poliquin can clear all this up by simply filing a 1st Quarter finance report like all the other candidates have. What does he have to hide?