Contributions Policy

The Maine Green Independent Party follows the same policy on contributions as the Green Party of the United States; which is:

ARTICLE VII INCOME

Section 7-1 Contributions from Individuals

7-1.1 Contributions from individuals will be accepted in amounts as permitted by law. All excess contributions will be returned. Individual contributions shall be reported as required by the Federal Elections Campaign Act.

Section 7-2 Contributions from Organizations

7-2.1 No contributions will be accepted from any corporation, union or bank, including non-profit corporations and not-for-profit corporations. Grants or contributions from unincorporated foundations or other unincorporated non-profit organizations will be accepted in amounts as permitted by law. Contributions from organizations shall be reported as required by the Federal Elections Campaign Act.

7-2.2 No contribution will be accepted from a Political Action Committee without the express authorization of the NC, even if otherwise allowed under Federal law.

7-2.3 Financial or in-kind contributions from individuals who own or operate businesses, sole proprietorships, partnerships, or not-for-profit business are allowed. However, if the business is incorporated, the contribution must come directly from the person rather than through the business.

Section 7-3 Donors Bill of Rights

Donors to the GPUS shall have the right:

7-3.1 To be informed of the GPUS mission, of the way the Party intends to use donated resources, and of its capacity to use such donations effectively for their intended purposes;

7-3.2 To be informed of the identity of those serving on the NC and to expect the NC to exercise prudent judgment in its stewardship responsibilities;

7-3.3 To have access to the GPUS’ most recent financial statements;

7-3.4 To be assured their donations will be used for the purposes for which they were given. If the GPUS cannot comply with donor intentions, nor negotiate for a different purpose, the gift must be returned to the donor;

7-3.5 To receive appropriate acknowledgement and recognition;

7-3.6 To be assured that information about their donation is handled with respect and with confidentiality to the extent provided by the law;

7-3.7 To expect that all relationships with individuals representing the GPUS to the donor will be professional in nature;

7-3.8 To be informed whether those seeking donations are volunteers, employees of GPUS or hired solicitors; and

7-3.9 To feel free to ask questions when making a donation and to receive prompt, truthful, and forthright answers.

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