Campaign Finance Alert: Lobbyist Disbursement Report

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In accordance with the Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Act, each lobbyist who registers with the Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board ("Board") must periodically disclose the total amount of money spent on lobbying activities. The disclosure is made in a semi-annual Lobbyist Disbursement Report. The next report must be filed with the Board no later than January 18, 2011.

At the time of registration, each lobbyist designates whether he or she is a "self-reporting lobbyist," an "authorizing lobbyist" or a "reporting lobbyist." A self-reporting lobbyist reports his or her own expenditures to the Board. A lobbyist that reports distributions for another lobbyist on behalf of the same client is referred to as a reporting lobbyist. A lobbyist who allows someone to report expenditures on his or her behalf is an authorizing lobbyist. In addition, Minnesota Rules require all lobbyist principals to appoint one lobbyist as a "designated lobbyist" who is responsible for reporting the disbursements of the entity.

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