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Minnesota Office of the Secretary of State

Campaign Finance

Campaigns for Federal Office
Federal laws set out campaign reporting requirements for federal campaigns. The Federal Election Commission (FEC) administers these federal election laws.

Federal Election Commission
999 E Street NW
Washington DC 20463
1-800-424-9530
www.fec.gov

Campaigns for State Constitutional Office, State Legislator, or Judicial Office
Minnesota Statutes Chapter 10A sets out campaign reporting requirements for candidates for State constitutional office, state legislator, and judicial offices. The Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board has jurisdiction over and administers the provisions in chapter 10A. For more information relating to the Political Contribution Refund (PCR) program, public subsidies, and other topics related to state campaigns you should contact the Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board.

Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board
190 Centennial Office Building
Saint Paul, MN 55155
651-296-5148
1-800-657-3889
www.cfboard.state.mn.us

Campaigns for County, City, Township, School District or other political subdivision office
The requirements in Minnesota Statutes Chapter 211A apply to these offices and are in addition to requirements in a local charter. Required campaign reports for county, city, township, school district, and other political subdivision offices are filed with the filing officer for the office. Judicial offices are considered to be state offices and file campaign reports with the Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board.

Campaign reporting requirements under 211A:

Initial report
An initial report must be filed within 14 days after a candidate or committee raises or spends more than $750. Additional required reports must be filed once an initial report is filed.

Year-end report
A year end report is due on January 31 of each year following the year when the initial report is filed. Additional reports are required in a year when the candidate’s name or the ballot question a committee is working for or against appears on the ballot.

Pre-primary report
Due 10 days before the primary or special primary. This report covers the period from where the previous report left off up to 5 days before when it is due.

Pre-general report
Due 10 days before the general election or special election. This report covers the period from where the pre-primary report left off up to 5 days before when it is due.

Certification of Filing
Due 7 days after the general or special election. A certification of filing must be filed regardless if a candidate or committee raises or spends enough to file an initial report. It indicates to the filing officer that either all the required campaign reports have been filed or the candidate or committee did not raise or spend more than $750 in the calendar year.  The Campaign Financial Report Certification of Filing form is available for download from our Campaign Forms and Handouts page.

Post-general report
Due 30 days after a general or special election. This report covers the period from where the pre-general report left off up to 5 days before when it is due.

Final report
A candidate or committee may file a file report once all debts are paid and all assets in excess of $100 in the aggregate are disposed of. Filing a final report ends campaign reporting activity, but a new initial report must be filed if the candidate or committee raises or spends more than $750 after this point.
    
The Campaign Financial Report form and 2014 Campaign Manual are available for download from our Campaign Forms and Handouts page. The Campaign Manual contains additional information regarding campaign reporting and campaign practices.  A handout is also available with more information on Corporate Campaign Expenditure Reporting.

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Last updated: 4/10/2014 11:59:08 AM