During the 2013 session, the Minnesota Legislature adopted important changes to Minnesota’s campaign finance laws. These laws will go into effect on August 1, 2013. What follows is a summary of the new provisions that will likely have the biggest impact on individuals and organizations that contribute money or engage in independent political speech in connection with candidate and ballot measure elections in Minnesota:
However, in disclosing the original source(s) of a contribution, the 2013 amendments require unregistered associations to identify only those individuals or organizations responsible for transferring more than $5,000 to the association’s general treasury money. This is an increase over the $1,000 reporting threshold in prior law.
As before, in determining the amount of dues, fees, or donations an association received from any person that later were used to contribute to an IE or ballot measure committee or fund, the association has the option of either: (1) applying a pro rata calculation across all unrestricted dues, fees, and donations it received during the calendar year; or (2) identifying specific individuals or associations whose dues, fees, or donations were responsible for the contribution.
The new law also increases the amount that may be contributed to and accepted by candidates for state office. As before, these limits apply to contributions from individuals and political committees/political funds. Corporations, nonprofits, and IE-only committees and funds continue to be prohibited from contributing directly to candidates or political parties. Going forward, the election and non-election segment contribution limits for individuals and political committees and funds are as follows:
This article is provided for general informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice or legal opinion on any specific facts or circumstances. You are urged to consult a lawyer concerning any specific legal questions you may have.
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