Published Date Written by Bob HigginsLast year, Americans Elect had petitioners across the state gathering signatures to get them on the ballot as Maine's, if not the nation's, newest political party.
In the next few weeks, the party is over.
Americans Elect failed to have the required number of voters vote for a candidate in November's general election for several reasons.
They needed 10,000 enrolled voters to vote for the candidate of their choice, but never bothered to name a candidate.
Last summer, it became apparent that the group would be unable to decide on a candidate, and the Board of Directors approved a plan for dissolution of the group on June 26, 2012.
On Jan. 22 of this year, filings with the District of Columbia Board of Corporations cites their status as "dissolved."
Barbara Redmond, Chief Deputy of the Secretary of State's Office of Corporations and Elections, confirmed that Maine would be sending out a notice of party termination "In the next few weeks," she said. "We've had a lot of business to take care of after the election."
Redmond passed off questions about legality of Americans Elect's fundraising contributions, referring those questions to the Maine Ethics Commission, which did not return calls for comment.
There has still been no action on a filing by the Maine GOP regarding allegations of improper connections between erstwhile gubernatorial candidate and former AE board member Eliot Cutler, AE's donation to Angus King's Senate Campaign, or Cutler's position in King's campaign prior to King's election to the U.S. Senate.