Campaign Finance And Public Disclosure Board
Minnesota lobbyists spent $70 million last year to influence state decision makers, according to a new report from the Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board. And so far in 2015, that trend is not slowing down.
Minnesota’s campaign finance watchdog says a Democratic senator’s new job heading a lobbying group doesn’t necessarily conflict with his role as a lawmaker. The Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board said in a draft advisory opinion released Tuesday that Sen. David Tomassoni may face a conflict of interest on specific votes or actions.
Political groups are eagerly awaiting a determination from Minnesota regulators about how involved candidates can be in fundraising for independent groups. The Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board was taking up the topic Tuesday.
The campaign arm for Minnesota Democratic state senators agreed Tuesday to pay a $100,000 civil penalty to resolve an investigation over ads in the 2012 election, one of the largest fines levied in a state political case.
A Democratic lawyer who once ran for Minnesota secretary of state has been chosen to sit on the state’s campaign regulatory board.
Gov. Mark Dayton won’t be fined by Minnesota regulators for failing to account in timely fashion for his use of the state plane on political trips. In forgoing a fine, the Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board ruled Tuesday that the reporting violation was inadvertent and has since been corrected. Dayton’s campaign has provided updated payment information about trips he took last year that involved political campaigning.
Former state Sen. Deanna Wiener is the new chairwoman of the Minnesota regulatory board that polices campaign fundraising and spending. The Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board elevated Wiener to the leadership position Tuesday.
Lobbyists for the Minnesota Vikings are reporting $115,000 in expenses this year through May, when the Legislature approved a $975 million stadium.
The Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure will investigate the state Republican Party for alleged campaign finance violations in 2010.
Minnesota campaign finance regulators are considering requiring the disclosure of corporate donations to ballot initiatives in the run-up to next year’s general election, when voters will decide whether the state constitution should define marriage as the right of only opposite-sex couples.
State campaign finance regulators won’t fine two conservative campaign groups or the Republican Governors Association for failing to register properly.