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Laws of Minnesota, 1993 First Special Session CHAPTER 3-S.F.No. 1 An act relating to campaign finance reform; requiring disclosure of certain campaign contributions made while campaign finance reform legislation was pending; removing contributors of $100 or less from the definition of a "large giver"; increasing the public subsidy paid from the general account of the state elections campaign fund; eliminating the small donor matching program; appropriating money; amending Minnesota Statutes 1992, sections 10A.27, subdivision 11, as added; and 10A.31, subdivisions 4, and 7, as amended; repealing Minnesota Statutes 1992, section 10A.312, as added. BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA: Section 1. [DISCLOSURE OF CONTRIBUTIONS.] The treasurer of every principal campaign committee and of every political committee bearing a candidate's name or title or otherwise operating under the direct or indirect control of a candidate that is required to file reports under Minnesota Statutes, section 10A.20, and every legislator who is a candidate for federal or local office, shall file with the ethical practices board by June 15, 1993, a special report covering the period from January 1, 1993, to May 31, 1993, inclusive, disclosing the following: (a) The name, address, and employer, or occupation if self-employed, of each individual, political committee, or political fund who within the reporting period has made one or more transfers or donations in kind to the political committee, political fund, or legislator, including the purchase of tickets for all fund raising efforts, which in aggregate exceed $100 for a candidate, together with the amount and date of each transfer or donation in kind, and the aggregate amount of transfers and donations in kind within the reporting period from each source so disclosed. A donation in kind must be disclosed at its fair market value. An approved expenditure must be listed as a donation in kind. A donation in kind is considered consumed in the reporting period in which it is received. The names of contributors must be listed in alphabetical order. (b) The sum of contributions to the political committee, political fund, or legislator during the reporting period. Sec. 2. Minnesota Statutes 1992, section 10A.27, subdivision 11, as added by Laws 1993, chapter 318, article 2, section 30, is amended to read: Subd. 11. [CONTRIBUTIONS FROM CERTAIN TYPES OF CONTRIBUTORS.] A candidate shall not permit the candidate's principal campaign committee to accept a contribution from a political committee other than a political party unit as defined in section 10A.275, a political fund, a lobbyist, or
an individual, other than the candidate, who contributes more than half the amount an individual may contributea large giver, if the contribution will cause the aggregate contributions from those types of contributors to exceed an amount equal to 20 percent of the expenditure limits for the office sought by the candidate. For purposes of this subdivision, "large giver" means an individual, other than the candidate, who contributes an amount that is more than $100 and more than one-half the amount an individual may contribute. Sec. 3. Minnesota Statutes 1992, section 10A.31, subdivision 4, is amended to read: Subd. 4. (a) The amounts designated by individuals for the state elections campaign fund, less three percent, are appropriated from the general fund and shall be credited to the appropriate account in the state elections campaign fund and annually appropriated for distribution as set forth in subdivisions 5, 6 and 7. An amount equal to three percent shall be retained in the general fund for administrative costs. (b) In addition to the amounts in paragraph (a), $1,500,000 for each general election is appropriated from the general fund to the general account of the state elections campaign fund. Sec. 4. Minnesota Statutes 1992, section 10A.31, subdivision 7, as amended by Laws 1993, chapter 318, article 2, section 34, is amended to read: Subd. 7. Within two weeks after certification by the state canvassing board of the results of the general election, the board shall distribute the available funds in the general account, as certified by the commissioner of revenue on November 1 and according to allocations set forth in subdivision 5, in equal amounts to all candidates for each statewide office who received at least five percent of the votes cast in the general election for that office, and to all candidates for legislative office who received at least ten percent of the votes cast in the general election for the specific office for which they were candidates, provided that the public subsidy under this subdivision may not be paid in an amount that would cause the sum of the public subsidy paid from the party account plus the public subsidy paid from the general account and the public subsidy paid to match independent expenditures to exceed 50 percent of the expenditure limit for the candidate. If a candidate is entitled to receive an opponent's share of the general account public subsidy under section 10A.25, subdivision 10, the opponent's share must be excluded in calculating the 50 percent limit. Money from the general account not paid to a candidate because of the 50 percent limit must be distributed equally among all other qualifying candidates for the same office until all have reached the 50 percent limit or the balance in the general account is exhausted. The board shall not use the information contained in the report of the principal campaign committee of any candidate due ten days before the general election for the purpose of reducing the amount due that candidate from the general account. Sec. 5. [REPEALER.] Minnesota Statutes 1992, section 10A.312, as added by Laws 1993, chapter 318, article 2, section 37, is repealed. Sec. 6. [EFFECTIVE DATE.] This act is effective the day following final enactment. Presented to the governor May 27, 1993 Signed by the governor May 27, 1993, 4:25 p.m.
Official Publication of the State of Minnesota Revisor of Statutes