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Campaign Finance

Jun 20, 2012

Lobbying expense report obscures more than it reveals

Lobbyist spending reports from this year’s legislative session have been unveiled by the Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board (CFPD). But a word of caution is warranted in assessing the numbers: They don’t include lobbyists’ salaries.

May 9, 2012

State GOP financial report finds no illegal activity

A financial report released by the Republican Party of Minnesota on Monday found that there was no theft or illegal activity by former party officers but did point to a pattern of fiscal mismanagement that has left the party about $2 million in debt.

Feb 22, 2012

Common Cause: same-sex marriage foes broke state law

The complaint against Minnesota for Marriage says that group did not disclose the name of donors who contributed more than $100 to its efforts.

Feb 1, 2012

Legislative caucuses: They’re in the money

The four partisan caucuses that make up the Minnesota Legislature raised millions of dollars for their campaigns in 2011.

Dec 9, 2011

CFPD opinion: Limited disclosure for ballot initiative donors

In a meeting on Thursday the Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board (CFPD) continued to refashion its advisory opinions concerning the fundraising and campaigning practices of ballot campaigns that will try to influence the outcome of next year’s ballot initiative concerning gay marriage.

Oct 4, 2011

Anti-gay marriage group balks at proposed disclosure guidelines

Not only calling the disclosure guideline unnecessary and unfair, the group's chairman also questioned whether it is a change the Campaign Finance Board has the authority to make.

Sep 30, 2011

Marriage amendment brings campaign disclosure battle to Minnesota

The news that state campaign finance officials had released a long-awaited statement on donor disclosure rules barely made a ripple in the political news cycle, but the opinion figures to make Minnesota a critical battleground in the national, post-Citizens United legal war over transparency, privacy and campaign money.

Sep 28, 2011

The Paper Trail: Campaign finance panel guidance on ballot initiative contributions

The Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board has released a much anticipated set of rules that tells ballot initiative campaigns if they need to disclose the original sources of their financial donors.

Aug 18, 2011

GOP’s Sutton: ‘We learned a very hard lesson’

The Minnesota GOP has agreed to pay a $170,000 civil fine for failing to report nearly $1 million in debt from the 2006 election cycle. Party officials say they have taken steps to improve reporting.

Jul 28, 2011

Dayton raises $80,000 in the first half of 2011

Gov. Mark Dayton has delivered on a campaign promise to voluntarily report his campaign finance activities during non-election years. His campaign had $54,500 in the bank as of July 1.

Jun 29, 2011

Gay marriage combatants await CFPD decision

As organizers start to contemplate the fundraising push for next year’s gay marriage constitutional amendment proposal, insiders will be tuned in on Thursday to the Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure (CFPD) Board’s meeting as the board weighs a potentially critical rules clarification on political contributions to ballot questions.

Nov 24, 2010

Campaign Finance Board to meet on recount fundraising

The main question is whether a political committee or association that has a political fund can donate money to candidate's recount fund.

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