Unashamed Christian candidate urgently needs your helpRay Wallace, an unashamed Christian candidate running for House District 24, needs your help to distribute campaign literature Saturday morning.The liberals are aggressively going after him and this seat which serves the people of Athens, Charleston, Dexter, Garland, Harmony and Ripley. It would be a great blessing if other Christians will rise to help.Date: Saturday, November 5th, 9 amMeeting Location: Noah’s LandingRoute 7/16 Russ StreetDexter, ME 04930-1509Christian Civic League Board member Matt Boucher will be there lending a hand. If you have questions, please contact Shawn Roderick at firstname.lastname@example.orgPlease keep Ray in your prayers.
Thursday, December 22, 2011
Maine Ethics Investigation Request (Christian Civic League)
Please see attached (with the text only below), the signed letter I have submitted to the Maine Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices (Maine Ethics Commission) today.
I am requesting an investigation of the Christian Civic League of Maine’s Christian Action League (doing business as “Marriage Matters in Maine”) political action committee (PAC).
My request is specifically regarding an e-mail alert/call to action sent November 4, 2011 (also below), which requested support of then Maine House District 24 Republican candidate (now State Representative) Raymond Wallace.
Please contact me for any further on-the-record comment on this request. Attached are images I own that can be used for publication with my express permission.
December 21, 2011
State of Maine
Maine Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices
Attn: Jonathan Wayne, Executive Director
135 State House Station
Augusta, Maine 04333-0135
Dear Mr. Wayne,
I request the Maine Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices begin an investigation regarding the Christian Civic League of Maine’s political action committee (PAC), the Christian Action League (doing business as “Marriage Matters in Maine”).
Specifically, the organization sent an e-mail alert on November 4, 2011, ahead of the Special Election in Maine House District 24 last month. The e-mail, sent to hundreds of Maine residents and the media, stated the following:
The e-mail text was subsequently reported upon at: http://ericrussell.bangordailynews.com/2011/11/05/faith-and-the-race-for-maines-house-district-24-seat/ and http://www.dirigoblue.com/2011/11/cclm-playing-the-victim-card-in-the-house-district-24-special-election/
There is no recording of this in-kind contribution of time, effort and resources by the Christian Civic League of Maine’s PAC, nor of any receipt of this in-kind contribution by the Republican candidate, Raymond Wallace, on his recently filed 11 Day Pre-Election HD 24 Report.
The inclusion of “…needs your help…” twice in the e-mail alert specifies that this is a call to action and endorsement of the candidate, which should necessitate inclusion of the e-mail alert/call to action on the organization’s PAC report and the candidate’s filings (if the candidate was aware of the e-mail alert/call to action).
The organization, by definition, spent money to promote the candidate (even if only a nominal amount) and used paid staff time to promote the candidate.
The inclusion of this paragraph: “Christian Civic League Board member Matt Boucher will be there lending a hand. If you have questions, please contact Shawn Roderick at email@example.com” would indicate coordination between the organization (and thus, the PAC) and the candidate’s campaign.
The Commission should inquire with the candidate as to whether he knew of the event and who paid for the material that was present at the event. I have no knowledge of whether this was the case, and I did not participate in the event. I was on the distribution list for the e-mail alert/call to action and did receive it by e-mail.
Please contact me with any questions you may have of me regarding this request for the Maine Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices to begin an investigation. Thank you in advance for your assistance on this matter.