relating to state government; regulating certain political expenditures and
contributions; modifying certain filing and reporting requirements; providing
civil penalties; regulating certain filings with the secretary of state;amending
Minnesota Statutes 2008, sections 318.02, subdivision 1; 557.01.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:
Section 1. Minnesota Statutes 2008, section 10A.01, subdivision 18, is amended to
Subd. 18. Independent expenditure.
"Independent expenditure" means an
expenditure expressly advocating the election or defeat of a clearly identified candidate,
if the expenditure is made without the express or implied consent, authorization, or
cooperation of, and not in concert with or at the request or suggestion of, any candidate or
any candidate's principal campaign committee or agent. An independent expenditure is
not a contribution to that candidate.
An expenditure by a political party or political party
1.15 unit in a race where the political party has a candidate on the ballot is not an independent
1.16 expenditure An independent expenditure does not include the act of announcing a formal
1.17public endorsement of a candidate for public office, unless the act is simultaneously
1.18accompanied by an expenditure that would otherwise qualify as an independent
1.19expenditure under this subdivision
1.20EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective the day following final enactment.
Sec. 2. Minnesota Statutes 2008, section 10A.01, is amended by adding a subdivision
2.1 Subd. 37. Independent expenditure political committee. "Independent
2.2expenditure political committee" means a political committee that makes only independent
2.3expenditures and disbursements permitted under section 10A.121, subdivision 1.
Sec. 3. Minnesota Statutes 2008, section 10A.01, is amended by adding a subdivision
2.6 Subd. 38. Independent expenditure political fund. "Independent expenditure
2.7political fund" means a political fund that makes only independent expenditures and
2.8disbursements permitted under section 10A.121, subdivision 1.
Sec. 4. Minnesota Statutes 2008, section 10A.12, is amended by adding a subdivision
2.11 Subd. 1a. When required for independent expenditures. An association other
2.12than a political committee that makes only independent expenditures and disbursements
2.13permitted under section 10A.121, subdivision 1, must do so by forming and registering
2.14an independent expenditure political fund if the expenditure is in excess of $100 or by
2.15contributing to an existing independent expenditure political committee or political fund.
Sec. 5. [10A.121] INDEPENDENT EXPENDITURE POLITICAL
2.17COMMITTEES AND INDEPENDENT EXPENDITURE POLITICAL FUNDS.
2.18 Subdivision 1. Permitted disbursements. An independent expenditure political
2.19committee or an independent expenditure political fund, in addition to making independent
2.21(1) pay costs associated with its fund-raising and general operations;
2.22(2) pay for communications that do not constitute contributions or approved
2.24(3) make contributions to other independent expenditure political committees or
2.25independent expenditure political funds.
2.26 Subd. 2. Penalty. An independent expenditure political committee or independent
2.27expenditure political fund is subject to a civil penalty of up to four times the amount of the
2.28contribution or approved expenditure if it does the following:
2.29(1) makes a contribution to a candidate, party unit, political committee, or political
2.30fund other than an independent expenditure political committee or an independent
2.31expenditure political fund; or
2.32(2) makes an approved expenditure.
2.33This penalty supersedes any penalty otherwise provided in statute.
Sec. 6. Minnesota Statutes 2008, section 10A.20, subdivision 2, is amended to read:
Subd. 2. Time for filing.
(a) The reports must be filed with the board on or before
January 31 of each year and additional reports must be filed as required and in accordance
with paragraphs (b) and (c).
(b) In each year in which the name of the candidate is on the ballot, the report of
the principal campaign committee must be filed 15 days before a primary and ten days
before a general election, seven days before a special primary and a special election,
and ten days after a special election cycle.
(c) In each general election year, a political committee, political fund, or party
unit must file reports 28 and
15 days before a primary and
ten 42 and 15
days before a
general election. Beginning in 2012, reports required under this paragraph must also be
3.12filed 56 days before a primary.
Sec. 7. Minnesota Statutes 2008, section 10A.20, subdivision 4, is amended to read:
Subd. 4. Period of report.
A report must cover the period from
the last day covered
3.15 by the previous report January 1 of the reporting year
to seven days before the filing date,
except that the report due on January 31 must cover the period from the last day covered
by the previous report to December 31.
Sec. 8. Minnesota Statutes 2008, section 10A.20, subdivision 12, is amended to read:
Subd. 12. Failure to file; penalty.
The board must send a notice by certified mail
to any individual who fails to file a statement required by this section. If an individual
fails to file a statement due January 31 within ten business days after the notice was sent,
the board may impose a late filing fee of
per day, not to exceed
day after the notice was sent.
If an individual fails to file a statement due before a primary or election within three
days after the date due, regardless of whether the individual has received any notice, the
board may impose a late filing fee of $50 per day, not to exceed
day after the date the statement was due.
The board must send an additional notice by certified mail to an individual who fails
to file a statement within 14 days after the first notice was sent by the board that the
individual may be subject to a civil penalty for failure to file a statement. An individual
who fails to file the statement within seven days after the second notice was sent by the
board is subject to a civil penalty imposed by the board of up to $1,000.
3.33EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective June 1, 2010, and applies to
3.34statements required to be filed on or after that date.
Sec. 9. Minnesota Statutes 2008, section 10A.27, is amended by adding a subdivision
4.3 Subd. 14. Contributions of business revenue. An association may, if not
4.4prohibited by other law, contribute revenue from the operation of a business to an
4.5independent expenditure political committee or an independent expenditure political fund
4.6without complying with section 10A.27, subdivision 13.
Sec. 10. Minnesota Statutes 2008, section 10A.27, is amended by adding a subdivision
4.9 Subd. 15. Contributions of dues or contribution revenue. An association may,
4.10if not prohibited by other law, contribute revenue from membership dues or fees, or
4.11from contributions received by the association to an independent expenditure political
4.12committee or an independent expenditure political fund without complying with section
4.1310A.27, subdivision 13. Before the day when the recipient committee's or fund's
4.14next report must be filed with the board under section 10A.20, subdivision 2 or 5, an
4.15association that has contributed $2,000 or more in aggregate to independent expenditure
4.16political committees or funds during the calendar year must provide in writing to the
4.17recipient's treasurer a statement that includes the name and address of each association
4.18that paid the association dues or fees, or made contributions to the association that, in
4.19total, aggregate $1,000 or more between January 1 of the calendar year and the date of
4.20the contribution. The statement must be certified as true and correct by an officer of the
Sec. 11. Minnesota Statutes 2008, section 10A.27, is amended by adding a subdivision
4.24 Subd. 16. Treasurer to submit disclosure statements. The treasurer of a political
4.25committee or political fund receiving a statement required under section 10A.27,
4.26subdivision 15, must file a copy of the statement before the deadline for the committee's
4.27or fund's next report filed with the board under section 10A.20, subdivision 2 or 5, after
4.28receiving the statement.
Sec. 12. Minnesota Statutes 2008, section 10A.27, is amended by adding a subdivision
4.31 Subd. 17. Penalty. (a) An association that makes a contribution under section
4.3210A.27, subdivision 15, and fails to provide the required statement within the time
5.1specified is subject to a civil penalty of up to four times the amount of the contribution,
5.2but not to exceed $25,000, except when the violation was intentional.
5.3(b) An independent expenditure political committee or an independent expenditure
5.4political fund that files a report without including the statement required under section
5.510A.27, subdivision 15, is subject to a civil penalty of up to four times the amount of the
5.6contribution for which disclosure was not filed, but not to exceed $25,000, except when
5.7the violation was intentional.
5.8(c) The penalties provided under this subdivision supersede any penalty otherwise
5.9provided in statute.
Sec. 13. Minnesota Statutes 2008, section 211B.01, subdivision 3, is amended to read:
Subd. 3. Candidate.
"Candidate" means an individual who seeks nomination
or election to a
statewide, legislative, judicial, or local office including special
districts, school districts, towns, home rule charter and statutory cities, and counties
5.14 except candidates for president and vice-president of the United States
Sec. 14. Minnesota Statutes 2008, section 211B.04, is amended to read:
5.16211B.04 CAMPAIGN LITERATURE MUST INCLUDE DISCLAIMER.
(a) A person who participates in the preparation or dissemination of campaign
material other than as provided in section
211B.05, subdivision 1
, that does not
prominently include the name and address of the person or committee causing the material
to be prepared or disseminated in a disclaimer substantially in the form provided in
paragraph (b) or (c) is guilty of a misdemeanor.
(b) Except in cases covered by paragraph (c), the required form of disclaimer is:
"Prepared and paid for by the .......... committee, .........(address)" for material prepared
and paid for by a principal campaign committee, or "Prepared and paid for by the ..........
committee, .........(address), in support of .........(insert name of candidate or ballot
question)" for material prepared and paid for by a person or committee other than a
principal campaign committee.
(c) In the case of broadcast media, the required form of disclaimer is: "Paid for by
the ............ committee."
(d) Campaign material that is not circulated on behalf of a particular candidate
or ballot question must also include in the disclaimer either that it is "in opposition to
.....(insert name of candidate or ballot question.....)"; or that "this publication is not
circulated on behalf of any candidate or ballot question."
(e) This section does not apply to objects stating only the candidate's name and
the office sought, fund-raising tickets, or personal letters that are clearly being sent by
(f) This section does not apply to an individual or association who acts independently
of any candidate, candidate's committee, political committee, or political fund and spends
only from the individual's or association's own resources a sum that is less than
in the aggregate to produce or distribute campaign material that is distributed at
least seven days before the election to which the campaign material relates.
(g) This section does not modify or repeal section
6.10EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective June 1, 2010, and applies to
6.11campaign material prepared and disseminated on or after that date.
Sec. 15. Minnesota Statutes 2008, section 211B.15, subdivision 2, is amended to read:
Subd. 2. Prohibited contributions.
A corporation may not make a contribution
or offer or agree to make a contribution
directly or indirectly, of any money, property,
free service of its officers, employees, or members, or thing of monetary value to a
major political party, organization, committee, or individual to promote or defeat the
candidacy of an individual for nomination, election, or appointment to a political office.
For the purpose of this subdivision, "contribution" includes an expenditure to promote or
defeat the election or nomination of a candidate to a political office that is made with the
authorization or expressed or implied consent of, or in cooperation or in concert with, or at
the request or suggestion of, a candidate or committee established to support or oppose a
candidate but does not include an independent expenditure authorized by subdivision 3
Sec. 16. Minnesota Statutes 2008, section 211B.15, subdivision 3, is amended to read:
Subd. 3. Independent expenditures.
A corporation may not make an
expenditure or offer or agree to make an
expenditure to promote or defeat the
candidacy of an individual for nomination, election, or appointment to a political office,
6.27unless the expenditure is an independent expenditure
. For the purpose of this subdivision,
means an expenditure that is not made with the authorization
6.29 or expressed or implied consent of, or in cooperation or concert with, or at the request
6.30 or suggestion of, a candidate or committee established to support or oppose a candidate
6.31has the meaning given in section 10A.01, subdivision 18
6.32EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective the day following final enactment.
Sec. 17. Minnesota Statutes 2008, section 216B.16, is amended by adding a
subdivision to read:
7.3 Subd. 17. Election or ballot question expenses. The commission may not allow
7.4a public utility to recover from ratepayers expenses resulting from a contribution or
7.5expenditure made for a political purpose, as defined in section 211B.01. This subdivision
7.6does not prohibit a public utility from engaging in political activity or making a
7.7contribution or expenditure otherwise permitted by law.
7.8EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective the day following final enactment.
Sec. 18. Minnesota Statutes 2008, section 318.02, subdivision 1, is amended to read:
Subdivision 1. Definition.
The term "declaration of trust" as used in this section
means the declaration of trust, business trust instrument, trust indenture, contract of
custodianship, or other instrument pursuant to which such association is organized. Every
such association organized after April 20, 1961, for the purpose of transacting business
in this state shall, prior to transacting any business in this state, file in the Office of the
Secretary of State a true and correct copy of the "declaration of trust" under which the
association proposes to conduct its business. The copy shall also contain a statement that
the true and correct copy of the "declaration of trust" is being filed in the Office of the
Secretary of State of the state of Minnesota pursuant to this chapter and shall also include
the full name and street address of an agent of the business trust in this state. That agent
shall be the agent for service of process which shall be made pursuant to the provisions
. The "declaration of trust" may provide that the duration of such
association shall be perpetual. Upon the filing of the copy of the "declaration of trust,
7.23 the payment of a filing fee of $150 to the secretary of state,
the secretary of state shall issue
to such association, or to the trustees named in the said "declaration of trust," or to the
persons or parties to the "declaration of trust," a certificate showing that such "declaration
of trust" has been duly filed; whereupon, such association in its name shall be authorized
to transact business in this state; provided that all other applicable laws have been
complied with. The "declaration of trust" may be amended as provided in the "declaration
of trust" or in any amendments thereto but a true and correct copy of all amendments to the
"declaration of trust," shall be filed in the Office of the Secretary of State
upon the payment
7.31 of a filing fee of $50 to the secretary of state
and all amendments shall become effective at
the time of said filing. When such copy of the "declaration of trust" and any amendments
thereto shall have been filed in the Office of the Secretary of State it shall constitute public
notice as to the purposes and manner of the business to be engaged in by such association.
Sec. 19. Minnesota Statutes 2008, section 557.01, is amended to read:
8.2557.01 NONRESIDENT, AGENT TO ACCEPT SERVICE.
Any nonresident person or corporation owning or claiming any interest or lien in
or upon lands in the state may file with the secretary of state a writing, executed and
acknowledged in the manner of a conveyance, appointing a resident agent, whose place
of residence shall be stated, to accept service of process or summons in any action or
proceeding in the courts of the state concerning such interest or lien, except actions or
proceedings for the collection of taxes, and consenting that service of such process or
summons upon such agent shall be binding upon the person executing the same. Such
writing shall be recorded by the secretary. No service by publication of summons shall
be made upon any such nonresident who has complied with the provisions hereof, but in
all such cases service of such process or summons, or of any writ or notice in the action
or proceedings, shall be made upon such agent in the manner provided by law for such
service upon residents of the state, and have the same effect as personal service within
the state upon such owner or claimant; but, if such party appears by attorneys therein, the
service of papers shall thereafter be upon such attorney. The authority of such agent
may be revoked by writing similarly executed and acknowledged and recorded, but no
revocation shall affect any action or proceeding then pending.
For filing and recording
8.19 such papers the secretary shall be entitled to 15 cents for each folio The fee for each filing
8.20made under this section is $50
Sec. 20. REPEALER.
8.22Minnesota Statutes 2008, sections 72A.12, subdivision 5; and 211B.15, subdivision
8.2312, are repealed.
8.24EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective the day following final enactment.