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Disclaimer Requirement


Minnesota Statutes 211B.04 requires a disclaimer on campaign literature distributed by a candidate or committee to influence the nomination, election, or defeat of a candidate or to promote or defeat a ballot question.

The required form of disclaimer is: "Prepared and paid for by the .......... committee, .........(address)," but if there was no cost for the production and dissemination of the materials, Minnesota Statutes 211B.04 provides alternate disclaimer language.

Materials created and distributed by individuals or associations not required to register or report under Minnesota Statutes chapters 10A and 211A are exempt from this requirement, as are items where the inclusion of a disclaimer would be impracticable. Certain items, such as fund-raising tickets, business cards, personal letters, or similar items that are clearly being distributed by the candidate, do not require a disclaimer. Additionally, bumper stickers, pins, buttons, pens, or similar small items on which the disclaimer cannot be conveniently printed do not require a disclaimer. Also exempt are electronic communications that link directly to a webpage on which the disclaimer appears.

The Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH) has jurisdiction over Minnesota Statutes 211B. Additional information on the enforcement of fair campaign practices can be found on the OAH's Fair Campaign Practices webpage.