It's a busy day over at the Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board offices, as political party units and political committees and funds scramble to meet today's deadline for filing initial 2010 funding disclosure reports. In the meantime, here's a quick refresher course in the who's-who of major Minnesota political committees and funds (PCFs) from the last two state election cycles.
The Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board will not investigate a complaint filed by the state Republican party alleging that a polling firm made an illegal contribution to Tom Horner's gubernatorial campaign. The state agencydetermined that the alleged violation fell outside the bounds of its jurisdiction.
The Minnesota Republican Party is alleging that Independence Party gubernatorial candidate Tom Horner unfairly benefited from a poll that was conducted by a longtime acquaintance.
The House and Senate will hammer out their differences on a bill that makes changes to the state's campaign laws.
The state House on Wednesday launched into the turbulent skies of campaign finance policy.
The Minnesota Campaign Finance Board agreed this morning to ask staff to prepare a memorandum to guide members in determining its next move after the U.S. Supreme Court's January decision to allow corporations to pay for political advertisements made independently of candidate campaigns.
The Minnesota Republican Party this morning asked the Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board to investigate whether DFL gubernatorial candidate and Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak violated state law when his mayoral campaign purchased a statewide DFL database of Minnesota voters.
The big political spenders in Minnesota today are revealing their 2009 fundraising activities.
There are a couple of notable developments today in filings by Minnesota political action committees.
Minnesota will likely be affected by the U.S. Supreme Court ruling handed down this morning that allows corporate spending in elections.
Star Tribune cartoonist Steve Sack painted Speaker of the House -- and DFL gubernatorial hopeful -- Margaret Anderson Kelliher in a not particularly flattering light in a cartoon published on the newspaper's Sunday opinion page.
The Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board has fined Speaker of the House Margaret Anderson Kelliher's gubernatorial campaign committee $9,000 and the Minnesota DFL Party $15,000 for intentionally violating Minnesota campaign laws.
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