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Donor disclosure rule likely to end up in court

Since May, when state lawmakers passed a ballot question that will ask Minnesota voters next year whether marriage should be defined solely as a union between one man and one woman, Minnesota has found itself a key battleground in a campaign finance legal battle that is playing out across the United States.

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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.

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The Paper Trail: Campaign Finance memo on ballot question contributions

The Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board will meet tomorrow to consider dumping an advisory opinion from 1997 that excludes corporations from disclosing the sources of their donations when giving to ballot initiatives. The board's decision, on the eve of a possible government shutdown, is being watched by groups involved in the 2012 gay marriage ballot initiative.

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New PACs to proliferate?

Brian Rusche believes progressives in Minnesota have become complacent. Comforted by the state’s historical tradition of liberal values, he worries that the political climate is changing in alarming but widely unnoticed ways.

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