IPCPR Legislative | Political Involvement in Maine

Political Involvement in Maine


Requirements for Political Involvement in Maine

A “lobbyist” is a person who is specifically employed by another person for the purpose of and who engages in lobbying in excess of 8 hours in any calendar month, or any individual who, as a regular employee of another person, expends an amount of time in excess of 8 hours in any calendar month in lobbying.


“Lobbyist” does not include a lobbyist associate.


“Lobbyist” does not include an individual who receives no compensation for lobbying other than reimbursement for lobbying-related travel within Maine and reimbursement for other out-of-pocket expenditures made by the individual for printing, postage and food and lodging connected with lobbying activities paid for by the individual. “Reimbursement for other out-of-pocket expenditures” does not include reimbursement for the individual’s time spent lobbying that would have been otherwise compensated by an employer or in the course of the individual’s employment.


3 Me. Rev. Stat. § 312-A(10)


A “lobbyist associate” is an individual who:

  • Is a partner, associate, or employee of a lobbyist or is a co-employee of a regular employee of another person if that regular employee is registered as a lobbyist
  • Lobbies on behalf of the employer named on the lobbyist registration, and
  • Expends more than 8 hours in any calendar month lobbying on behalf of an employer of the lobbyist


3 Me. Rev. Stat. § 312-A(10-A)


“Lobbying” means to communicate directly with any official in the legislative branch or any official in the executive branch or with a constitutional officer for the purpose of influencing any legislative action or with the Governor or the Governor’s cabinet and staff for the purpose of influencing the approval or veto of a legislative action when reimbursement for expenditures or compensation is made for those activities.


“Lobbying” ” includes the time spent to prepare and submit to the Governor, an official in the legislative branch, an official in the executive branch, a constitutional officer or a legislative committee oral and written proposals for, or testimony or analyses concerning, a legislative action.


“Lobbying” does not include time spent by any person providing information to or participating in a subcommittee, stakeholder group, task force or other work group regarding a legislative action by the appointment or at the request of the Governor, a Legislator or legislative committee, a constitutional officer, a state agency commissioner or the chair of a state board or commission.


3 Me. Rev. Stat. § 312-A(9)


“Indirect lobbying” means to communicate with members of the general public to solicit them to communicate directly with any covered official for the purpose of influencing legislative action, other than legislation that is before the Legislature as a result of a direct initiative, when that solicitation is made by:

  • A broadcast, cable, or satellite transmission
  • A communication delivered by print media, or
  • A letter or other written communication delivered by mail or by comparable delivery service. E-mail is not considered a letter for the purposes of this definition


3 Me. Rev. Stat. § 312-A(7-B)


“Legislative action” means the drafting, introduction, consideration, modification, enactment or defeat of any bill, resolution, amendment, report, nomination or other matter by the Legislature, by either the House of Representatives or the Senate, any committee or an official in the Legislative Branch acting in his official capacity, or action of the Governor in approving or vetoing any legislative document presented to the Governor for his approval.


3 Me. Rev. Stat. § 312-A(8)

Every employer of a lobbyist and every lobbyist and lobbyist associate who lobbies on behalf of that employer must register jointly with the Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices no later than 15 business days after commencement of lobbying by filing a Lobbyist Registration Form and paying the associated fee ($200 for lobbyists and $100 for lobbyist associates). Registration can also be completed online through the e-filing system at https://secure.mainecampaignfinance.com/CampaignFinance/Filings/CF-1_NoticeofOrganization.aspx. Every registration expires at the end of the lobbying year (November 30th) and must be electronically renewed annually.


3 Me. Rev. Stat. § 313: Registration of lobbyists and employers
3 Me. Rev. Stat. § 314: Duration of registration


Every registered lobbyist is required to file monthly reports electronically through the e-filing system at https://secure.mainecampaignfinance.com/CampaignFinance/UserLogin.aspx beginning the month of registration through the end of the lobbying year (November 30th). Reports are due by 11:59 p.m. on the 15th day of the month following the month covered by the report. There are two types of monthly reports: long-form reports and short-form reports.

  • Long-form reports: If a registered lobbyist engages in any lobbying during a month, that activity must be reported in a long-form report. Lobbying activity includes all compensated time spent lobbying regardless of whether that time exceeds 8 hours in a month. Information on the long-form report includes:
    • The amount of compensation received during the month
    • Other expenses incurred in the course of lobbying
    • Legislative actions and documents that were the subject of lobbying during the month, and
    • Money or things of value given to or on behalf of Legislators
  • Short-form reports: A short-form report may only be filed if a registered lobbyist has not done any lobbying during a month. By filing a short-form report, the lobbyist is affirming that no lobbying or services in support of lobbying were performed during the month.


3 Me. Rev. Stat. § 317


Maine Commission on Governmental Ethics & Election Practices: For Lobbyists


Lobbyist Registration Form


e-Filing System Registration


e-Filing System User Login

Questions? Comments? Interested in Getting Involved? Contact the IPCPR Legislative Team!
Thank You. We will contact you as soon as possible.