In accordance with the
Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Act, each lobbyist who
registers with the Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board must
periodically disclose the total amount of money spent on lobbying activities in
a semi-annual Lobbyist Disbursement Report.
The report covering disbursements from June 1 – December 31, 2015 is due
Friday, January 15, 2016.
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. Lobbyists must retain records
related to lobbyist expenses for a period of four (4) years.
lobbyists must file a Lobbyist Disbursement Report no later than January 15, 2016. The report must disclose the following information for expenditures between June 1 and December 31, 2015:
- Total lobbying disbursements (not including lobbyist compensation);
- Gifts to public officials; and
- Other sources of funds used for lobbying purposes.
general, an expense is a lobbying disbursement if it is incurred (1) to
communicate with officials for the purpose of influencing official action; (2)
to urge others to communicate with officials for the purpose of influencing
official action; or (3) for any activity that directly supports either of these
types of communication. Lobbyist
disbursements do not
include lobbyist compensation. Lobbyist compensation is reported by the
principal on the principal report that is filed in March. If an actual cost of a lobbying activity is
not available, the lobbyist must use a reasonable approximation of the cost.
lobbyists must also provide a current list of officers and directors for the
associations that the lobbyist represents.
A report must be filed even if no disbursements were made during the
report may be filed with the Board by facsimile at (651) 539-1196 or (800)
357-4114 or by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
. Alternatively, the report may be
filed electronically at http://www.cfboard.state.mn.us/lobby/report.htm
. To access the
electronic filing system, each lobbyist will need a user name and password that
is provided by the Board. All reports
are available for viewing by the public.
who fails to file a required report by the due date is subject to a late filing
fee of $25 per day, not to exceed $1,000. Because January 18 is a holiday, late filing
fees will be imposed beginning on Tuesday, January 19.
you have any questions regarding the filing of this report, or any other
campaign finance or lobbying issues, please contact our Political Law
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