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Campaign Finance

May 23, 2014

In campaign finance injunction, GOP sees opportunity

The precedent in the landmark U.S. Supreme Court's McCutcheon campaign finance decision overrides state’s ‘special sources’ law.

May 16, 2014

Prosecutors object to keeping probe records secret

Attorneys for the Milwaukee County District Attorney filed a motion in federal court saying documents the Wisconsin Club for Growth wants to keep secret are the most important ones that outline the reasons for an alleged illegal campaign fundraising probe.

Apr 18, 2014

Dayton fundraising laps GOP gubernatorial field

The incumbent DFLer has five times the cash of his closest rivals.

Apr 18, 2014

Nolan led Mills in first-quarter District 8 fundraising

DFL U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan overtaking Republican challenger Stewart Mills in contributions for the first time in two quarters for the competitive 8th Congressional District race.

Apr 18, 2014

After McCutcheon, a challenge to state’s ‘special sources’ law

Rep. Linda Runbeck and three other plaintiffs contend one aspect of the special sources limit effectively violates the free speech rights of both the candidates and donors.

Apr 18, 2014

Strom: Money is bad! Money is good!

To hear the left tell it, they are the plucky little Davids against a growing tide of conservative corporate cash threatening to drown politics in oligarchic money.

Apr 16, 2014

Schultz: Money v. Democracy and the coming death of disclosure

The Supreme Court decision in McCutcheon v. F.E.C is only a small skirmish in the larger war by some en route to their ultimate objective — neither limits on the amount of money spent for political purposes nor any disclosure

Jan 2, 2014

Campaign Finance – Timeliness of Challenge

A13-0769 Minn. Voters Alliance v. Anoka Hennepin School Dist. (Office of Admin. Hearings)

Jun 7, 2013

Legislature failed to close campaign disclosure loophole

In the days leading up to a contentious Republican primary contest last year between Connie Doepke and Dave Osmek for a Senate seat in the western suburbs, Americans for Prosperity Minnesota circulated a mailing. Doepke went on to lose the election by just 107 votes.

May 20, 2013

Legislature sends Dayton bill that increases campaign spending and contribution limits

State lawmakers on Monday sent a campaign finance bill to Gov. Mark Dayton that allows candidates to raise and spend more money. The bill received bipartisan support in the House and Senate but also drew dissent from DFLers in the majority on some provisions.

May 17, 2013

Marty laments campaign finance proposals

On the afternoon that the House cast its historic vote in favor of gay marriage — completely monopolizing attention at the Capitol — the Senate quietly debated a bill overhauling the state’s campaign finance rules. Most notably, the bill would significantly increase caps on spending and contributions for political campaigns.

May 8, 2013

Campaign finance bills move to House, Senate floors

The bills, sponsored by Sen. Ann Rest and Rep. Ryan Winkler, increase state limits on the contributions that candidates can receive and the amount of money they can spend.

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