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Citizens United

Jun 24, 2015

Both sides get ‘ready for Hillary’

Clinton fundraiser in Minnesota attracts well-heeled backers and predictable detractors.

Dec 3, 2014

Push for constitutional convention gathers steam

It’s still not likely to be successful, but the fact that more than two dozen states have called for a convention to change the Constitution is evidence the effort is more serious than before.

Mar 26, 2014

Feldman: Obamacare confronts sex, religion and free speech

Breaking down the complex case of Hobby Lobby v. Sebelius into four crucial issues.

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.

Feb 6, 2013

Top lege races tab: $13.6 million

During the fall campaign season, the Republican Party of Minnesota sent out mailings in Senate District 4 accusing Kent Eken of voting to raise the “granny tax.”

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.

Jul 20, 2011

IP eyes legislative races for 2012

Mark Jenkins knows how hard it is to win a legislative election as an Independence Party candidate: He ran last fall in Senate District 55 against DFL incumbent Sen. Chuck Wiger, earning just a little over 7 percent of the total votes in the North St. Paul and Maplewood district.

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.

Sep 28, 2010

New Chamber-affiliated PAC will raise corporate contributions for lege races

Minnesota Chamber of Commerce officials have launched a new political action committee that is seeking corporate donations to influence state legislative races.

Sep 20, 2010

Federal judge shoots down petition challenging Minnesota’s corporate contribution disclosure law

A lawsuit that challenges Minnesota's new laws for disclosing corporate spending on elections won't affect tomorrow's deadline for disclosure reports by political committees.

Aug 20, 2010

Lawyers argue merits of campaign finance rules

Minnesota continues to violate the U.S. Constitution by prohibiting corporations from making political contributions that seek to directly influence campaigns. That's the gist of the argument made by plaintiffs in a hearing Friday afternoon before U.S. District Court Judge Donovan Frank.

Aug 19, 2010

Campaign finance lawsuit will be heard in federal court on Friday

A legal challenge to a new state law regulating campaign contributions will be argued in federal court tomorrow afternoon. The lawsuit challenges disclosure requirements that were enacted by the Legislature in the wake of the United States Supreme Court's Citizens United ruling, which opened the door to direct corporate spending to influence elections.

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