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Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board

Oct 18, 2012

MN Campaign Finance Board dismisses GOP complaint against Julie Bunn, investigates four others

Julie Bunn was one of five DFL candidates who, along with the state DFL Party and the DFL Senate Caucus, were accused of colluding on independent expenditures made by the party. Bunn said she received the board's decision in a letter dated Oct. 16.

Oct 2, 2012

Campaign finance board rules Minnesota Majority’s Dan McGrath did not break lobbying rules

Minnesota Majority and its executive director, Dan McGrath, have engaged in lobbying at the Capitol, but were not required to register with the state, according to a ruling Tuesday by the Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board. That's because they did not meet the threshold for lobbying activities that triggers the registration requirement under state law.

Sep 26, 2012

Minnesotans United for All Families’ 2012 fundraising haul: $5.96 million

The main group opposing the proposed constitutional ban on same-sex marriage has raised $2.56 million since the close of the pre-primary reporting period in July. Since the group's founding after the marriage amendment was passed by state legislators in 2011, the group has raised by $8.2 million.

May 25, 2012

CFPD weighing two Common Cause complaints

This summer Minnesota’s campaign finance agency will make its way through a couple of pending challenges brought by a watchdog group that’s taking a number of Republican-centered causes to task.

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 15, 2012

Rybak for Governor campaign fined, ordered to return donations

The Campaign Finance Board ruled that the Rybak for Governor campaign violated state law by accepting three campaign contributions from lobbyists during the 2010 legislative session.

Jan 31, 2012

Campaign finance complaint against Sen. Thompson dismissed

The Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board has dismissed a complaint alleging reporting violations by Sen. Dave Thompson. Earlier this month the Minnesota DFL Party filed a complaint against the GOP legislator arguing that $70,000 in payments from the state Republican Party should have been disclosed in a public filing.

Jan 9, 2012

Common Cause: Campaign finance board will investigate MN GOP

Campaign Finance Board Chairman Gary Goldsmith said, per state law, he could not confirm or deny the existence of an investigation.

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 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 2, 2011

Former Rep. Cy Thao closes out campaign account with $2,000 party

Former state Rep. Cy Thao last was on the ballot in 2008. The four-term St. Paul DFLer opted not to run for re-election last year.

Jul 8, 2011

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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