Ethics Commission meeting ends with no decision

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AUGUSTA, Maine (WABI) - The Maine Ethics Commission has no decision in the case of unpaid Clean Elections candidates.

The panel met today to discuss options and take public comment.

Because of a budget mistake, two Republican Maine House nominees are yet to get general election funding.

One of them is Mark Andre, who's running in the district that includes Waterville and Oakland.

His general election opponent has received her Clean Election funding, and it's illegal for Andre to raise money in the meantime, putting him at a severe funding disadvantage.

"What I would like them to do is authorize me in the short term to loan the funds to my campaign, so the First Amendment rights of my campaign to conduct our campaign, and the right to be equally funded under the provisions of the Maine Clean Elections Act are not denied to our campaign," says Andre.

The Commission expressed sympathy for Andre's situation, but says they can't do anything right now -- that's up to the Legislature.

They say to expect an update in a few weeks.