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Political Involvement in Minnesota

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Requirements for Political Involvement in Minnesota

A “lobbyist” is an individual:

  • engaged for pay or other consideration of more than $3,000 from all sources in any year for the purpose of attempting to influence legislative or administrative action, or the official action of a metropolitan governmental unit, by communicating or urging others to communicate with public or local officials, or
  • who spends more than $250, not including the individual’s own traveling expenses and membership dues, in any year for the purpose of attempting to influence legislative or administrative action, or the official action of a metropolitan governmental unit, by communicating or urging others to communicate with public or local officials

 

“Lobbyist” does not include:

  • a public official
  • an employee of the state, including an employee of any of the public higher education systems
  • an elected local official
  • a nonelected local official or an employee of a political subdivision acting in an official capacity, unless the nonelected official or employee of a political subdivision spends more than 50 hours in any month attempting to influence legislative or administrative action, or the official action of a metropolitan governmental unit other than the political subdivision employing the official or employee, by communicating or urging others to communicate with public or local officials, including time spent monitoring legislative or administrative action, or the official action of a metropolitan governmental unit, and related research, analysis, and compilation and dissemination of information relating to legislative or administrative policy in this state, or to the policies of metropolitan governmental units
  • a party or the party’s representative appearing in a proceeding before a state board, commission, or agency of the executive branch unless the board, commission, or agency is taking administrative action
  • an individual while engaged in selling goods or services to be paid for by public funds
  • a news medium or its employees or agents while engaged in the publishing or broadcasting of news items, editorial comments, or paid advertisements which directly or indirectly urge official action
  • a paid expert witness whose testimony is requested by the body before which the witness is appearing, but only to the extent of preparing or delivering testimony
  • a party or the party’s representative appearing to present a claim to the legislature and communicating to legislators only by the filing of a claim form and supporting documents and by appearing at public hearings on the claim

 

Minn. Stat. § 10A.01(21)

 

A “principal” is an individual or association that:

  • spends more than $500 in the aggregate in any calendar year to engage a lobbyist, compensate a lobbyist, or authorize the expenditure of money by a lobbyist, or
  • spends a total of at least $50,000 in any calendar year on efforts to influence legislative action, administrative action, or the official action of metropolitan governmental units

 

Minn. Stat. § 10A.01(33)

Lobbyists must register with the Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board within 5 days after meeting the criteria for being a lobbyist or, if already registered as a lobbyist, within 5 days after agreeing to represent a new principal. To register, lobbyists must submit a Registration Form to the Board by email to cf.board@state.mn.us or fax to (651) 539-1196.

 

Minn. Stat. § 10A.03: Lobbyist registration.

 

Lobbyists must file Lobbyist Disbursement Reports online through the Board’s Online Reporting System on January 15th and June 15th of every year. The association or individual represented by the lobbyist must electronically file an Annual Report of Lobbyist Principal each year on March 15th.

 

Minn. Stat. § 10A.04: Lobbyist reports.

 

Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board: Lobbyist Registration
http://www.cfboard.state.mn.us/lob_reg.htm

 

Lobbyist and Lobbyist Principals Handbook
http://www.cfboard.state.mn.us/handbook/hb_lobbyist.pdf

 

Registration Form
http://www.cfboard.state.mn.us/forms/Lobbyist/Lob_Lobbyist_Registration.pdf

 

Lobbyist Disbursement Online Reporting System
https://www.cfbreport.state.mn.us/Lweb/logon.jsp

 

Lobbyist Principal Online Reporting System
https://www.cfbreport.state.mn.us/LwebPrin/logon.jsp

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