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April filing deadlines for State and Federal PACs and Independent Expenditure Committees

Most people think of April 15th as the tax filing deadline but two important campaign reports are also due next week. Minnesota political committees, political funds, independent expenditure committees and independent...more

4/9/2014 - FEC Filing Deadlines PACs

U.S. Supreme Court Strikes Down Aggregate Contribution Limits

On Tuesday morning, a divided United States Supreme Court issued its opinion in the case of McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission (572 U.S. ____ (2014)), striking down a portion of federal campaign finance law that...more

4/4/2014 - Aggregation Rules Campaign Contributions Campaign Finance Reform First Amendment McCutcheon v. FEC SCOTUS

Lobbyist Principal Report Due March 17

In accordance with the Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Act, all lobbyist principals must file an Annual Report with the Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board ("Board") on or before March 17,...more

3/5/2014 - Disclosure Requirements Lobbying Lobbyists

2014 Legislative Session Preview

The Minnesota Legislature is scheduled to convene for the second year of its biennial legislative session on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at noon. Given the May 19, 2014, adjournment date and the forthcoming Election Day for...more

2/25/2014 - Legislative Agendas State Budgets State Taxes

Minnesota Political Law Guidelines Updated

Table of Contents: Lobbyist Registration; Lobbyist Report and Record Keeping; Corporate Political Activity; Gifts To Public Officials Prohibited; Issues In Communicating With Public Officials; Employment Law Issues;...more

8/21/2013 - Bribery Corporate Gifts Lobbying Lobbyists New Legislation Public Officials Recordkeeping Requirements Registration Reporting Requirements

Guidelines For Corporate Political Activity In Minnesota

In this publication: Lobbyist Registration - - Lobbying Defined. - Definition Of Lobbyist - Lobbyist Registration Lobbyist Report And Record Keeping - - Periodic Lobbyists Reports - Information...more

8/19/2013 - Conflicts of Interest Corporate Gifts Ex Parte Lobbying Lobbyists Recordkeeping Requirements Registration

Federal PAC Reports Due July 31, 2013

All federal PACs are required to submit a semi-annual report to the Federal Election Commission (FEC) on or before July 31, 2013. The semi-annual report must reflect all receipts and disbursements between January 1, 2013, and...more

7/23/2013 - Deadlines FEC PACs Required Documentation

Minnesota Legislature Passes Campaign Finance and Election Law Changes

The 2013 Minnesota Legislative Session saw the passage of significant campaign finance and election law legislation. Governor Dayton indicated at the beginning of this session that, despite the DFL majorities in both the...more

6/10/2013 - Absentee Voting Campaign Finance Reform Campaign Spending Limits New Legislation Political Campaigns Political Contributions

Legislature Passes Campaign Finance and Election Law Changes

The 2013 Minnesota Legislative Session saw the passage of significant campaign finance and election law legislation. Governor Dayton indicated at the beginning of this session that, despite the DFL majorities in both the...more

6/5/2013 - Absentee Voting Campaign Finance Reform Campaign Spending Limits Corporate Contributions New Legislation Political Campaigns Political Contributions

2014 Election Contests Begin to Shape Up

There were two surprise election developments this week, both involving the Sixth Congressional District. In an announcement released on YouTube at 3 a.m. on Tuesday of this week, Congresswoman Michele Bachman announced she...more

6/3/2013 - Al Franken Michele Bachman Political Campaigns

Tax Bills Take Center Stage

On Thursday of this week, the Senate Tax Reform Division adopted its recommendations for the Senate Omnibus Tax Bill. Much of the attention on that bill focused on the proposed reduction in the State sales tax from 6.875% to...more

4/15/2013 - Corporate Taxes Proposed Legislation Sales & Use Tax Tax Reform

Governor Dayton Drops Business to Business Sales Tax Proposal

With Governor Dayton scheduled to release his supplemental budget proposal next week, he announced today at a meeting of the Twin West Chamber of Commerce that he will drop the proposed expansion of the state sales tax to...more

3/11/2013 - Business Taxes Sales & Use Tax State Budgets

Minnesota Committee Deadlines Announced

On Friday, the Minnesota House and Senate DFL leadership announced the committee deadlines and timeline for the remainder of the 2013 session. Those deadlines and other major dates for the 2013 session are as follows...more

1/21/2013 - Legislative Committees

2013 Legislature - Energy Issues

The 2012 elections for the Minnesota Legislature foretold major shifts in energy policy for the State of Minnesota. For the first time in over 20 years, our DFL Governor, Mark Dayton, will be working with DFL majorities in...more

1/8/2013 - Energy Policy Nuclear Power Renewable Energy Solar Energy

Minnesota House Commerce Committee Chair Announces 2013 Priorities

House Commerce Committee Chair Designate Joe Atkins has announced his top ten committee topics for the 2013 legislative session. Leading the list, not surprisingly, is health insurance exchange legislation. Passage of HIE...more

1/3/2013

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