Subdivision 1. Authorization.
A political committee, political fund, principal campaign
committee, or party unit may not expend money unless the expenditure is authorized by the
treasurer or deputy treasurer of that committee, fund, or party unit.
Subd. 2. Written authorization.
An individual or association may not make an approved
expenditure of more than $20 without receiving written authorization from the treasurer of the
principal campaign committee of the candidate who approved the expenditure stating the amount
that may be spent and the purpose of the expenditure.
Subd. 3. Petty cash.
The treasurer or deputy treasurer of a political committee, principal
campaign committee, or party unit may sign vouchers for petty cash of up to $100 per week
for statewide elections or $20 per week for legislative elections, to be used for miscellaneous
Subd. 3a. Personal loans.
A principal campaign committee, political committee, political
fund, or party unit may not lend money it has raised to anyone for purposes not related to the
conduct of a campaign.
Subd. 4. Independent expenditures.
An individual, political committee, political fund,
principal campaign committee, or party unit that independently solicits or accepts contributions
or makes independent expenditures on behalf of a candidate must publicly disclose that the
expenditure is an independent expenditure. All written communications with those from whom
contributions are independently solicited or accepted or to whom independent expenditures are
made on behalf of a candidate must contain a statement in conspicuous type that the activity is an
independent expenditure and is not approved by the candidate nor is the candidate responsible
for it. Similar language must be included in all oral communications, in conspicuous type on the
front page of all literature and advertisements published or posted, and at the end of all broadcast
advertisements made by that individual, political committee, political fund, principal campaign
committee, or party unit on the candidate's behalf.
Subd. 5. Penalty.
A person who violates subdivision 2 is subject to a civil penalty imposed
by the board of up to $1,000. A person who knowingly violates subdivision 3a or 4 or falsely
claims that an expenditure was an independent expenditure is guilty of a gross misdemeanor and
subject to a civil penalty imposed by the board of up to $3,000.
History: 1974 c 470 s 17; 1978 c 463 s 49; 1986 c 444; 1993 c 318 art 2 s 12,13; 1999
c 220 s 20,50; 2002 c 363 s 17,18