June is a busy month for state campaign finance reporting!
On June 14, 2016
all political committees, political funds, independent expenditure
committees and independent expenditure funds are required to file a
Report of Receipts and Expenditures for the period covering January 1
through May 31, 2016.
State reports must be filed
electronically. The Board will consider exceptions to the electronic
filing requirements if you can show that your committee or fund has a
good reason for not filing electronically. If granted, a waiver of the
electronic filing requirements is valid for two (2) years. A committee
or fund that fails to file the annual report by the due date is subject
to a late filing fee of $50 per day, not to exceed $1,000. Additional
information about state reporting requirements can be found at: http://www.cfboard.state.mn.us/index.html
On June 15, 2016
all Minnesota lobbyists are required to file a lobbyist disbursement
report, covering the period of January 1 through May 31, 2016. Reports
can be filed electronically at http://www.cfboard.state.mn.us/lobby/report.htm
In order to file the report, lobbyists should use the username and
password provided by the Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board.
At 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 June
15, 2016. The report must disclose the following information for
expenditures between January 1 and May 31, 2016:
- 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 reporting period.
The report may be filed with the Board by facsimile at 651.539.1196 or 800.357.4114 or by e-mail to email@example.com
. 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.
lobbyist 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.
If you have any questions about either of these reports, please contact either John Knapp
at 612.604.6404 or Tami Diehm