Gary Goldsmith, MN's Top Campaign Finance Watchdog, Is RetiringThe head of Minnesota's campaign finance watchdog agency is retiring.
Reality Check: Lobbyist Spending In Minnesota 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.
DFL Senator Clears One Conflict Hurdle In New JobMinnesota'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.
Wall Surveyed Between Minn. Candidates, GroupsPolitical 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.
Minn. Senate DFL Hit With $100K Penalty Over Ads 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.
Dayton Taps Lawyer For Minn. Campaign Board A Democratic lawyer who once ran for Minnesota secretary of state has been chosen to sit on the state's campaign regulatory board.
Board: Dayton Didn't Fully Report Minn. Plane UseGov. 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.
Minn. Campaign Regulators Elect New ChairwomanFormer 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.
Vikings Lobbyist Tab: $115KLobbyists for the Minnesota Vikings are reporting $115,000 in expenses this year through May, when the Legislature approved a $975 million stadium.
Minn. GOP To Face Probe From Campaign BoardThe Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure will investigate the state Republican Party for alleged campaign finance violations in 2010.
Tighter Limits On Ballot Question Disclosure EyedMinnesota 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.
No Fines For Campaign Groups That Failed To RegisterState campaign finance regulators won't fine two conservative campaign groups or the Republican Governors Association for failing to register properly.