Tammera R. Diehm

Tammera R. Diehm

Winthrop & Weinstine, P.A.

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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

Minnesota Lobbyist Disbursement Reports - Due Today

In accordance with the Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Act, each lobbyist who registers with the Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board must periodically disclose the total amount of money...more

1/15/2014 - Disclosure Requirements Lobbying Lobbyists Transparency

Will "Get Out the Vote" Drives and Non-Profit Voter Guides Be Treated as Regulated Political Activity?

In late November, the Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking related to the regulation of political activity by social welfare organizations, commonly known as...more

12/16/2013 - IRS Non-Profits Political Campaigns Political Expression U.S. Treasury Voter Registration

Campaign Finance Limits in the Spotlight Again

Last week, the United States Supreme Court heard oral arguments in McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission (No. 12-536), a case that challenges the federal cap on the aggregate amount of money that an individual can give to...more

10/21/2013 - Campaign Finance Reform McCutcheon v. FEC SCOTUS

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

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

The Cost of Convenience: charging for online contributions

On May 7, 2013, the Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board (“Board”) will consider an advisory opinion request submitted on behalf of Democracy Ventures, Inc., d/b/a Democracy.com. The organization is seeking...more

5/6/2013 - Online Platforms Political Contributions

House Elections Committee to Consider Campaign Finance Legislation

The Campaign Finance Policy and Technical Bill (H.F. 863 / S.F. 661) will be heard by the House Committee on Elections on March 7. The bill is an initiative of the Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board...more

3/5/2013 - Campaign Finance Reform Independent Expenditures Political Expression Proposed Legislation Reporting Requirements

Minnesota Lobbyist Principal's Report

In accordance with the Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Act, an Annual Report of Lobbyist Principal is required to be filed annually with the Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board ("Board")....more

2/22/2013 - Annual Reports Board of Directors Business Associations Campaign Finance Reform Lobbyists Principal's Report

When Does A Legal Campaign Contribution Become An Illegal Bribe?

On February 14, 2013, in United States v. Terry (6th Cir., No. 11-4130, 2/14/13), the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the conviction of an Ohio state judge on charges of honest-services fraud, holding that an otherwise...more

2/20/2013 - Appointed Public Officials Bribery Campaign Contributions Criminal Prosecution Honest Services Fraud Judges Political Corruption

Debate Over Campaign Finance Disclosure Continues

While the landmark decision of Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, 558 U.S. 310 (2010), opened the door to unlimited corporate spending independent of candidates, it also opened the door to unlimited debate over...more

11/16/2012

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