(a) A committee or a candidate who receives contributions or makes disbursements of more than $750 in a calendar year shall submit an initial report to the filing officer within 14 days after the candidate or committee receives or makes disbursements of more than $750 and shall continue to make the reports listed in paragraph (b) until a final report is filed.
(b) The committee or candidate must file a report by January 31 of each year following the year when the initial report was filed and in a year when the candidate's name or a ballot question appears on the ballot, the candidate or committee shall file a report:
(1) ten days before the primary or special primary;
(2) ten days before the general election or special election; and
(3) 30 days after a general or special election.
The report to be filed by a candidate or committee must include:
(1) the name of the candidate or ballot question;
(2) the printed name, address, telephone number, signature, and e-mail address, if available, of the person responsible for filing the report;
(3) the total cash on hand;
(4) the total amount of receipts and expenditures for the period from the last previous report to five days before the current report is due;
(5) the amount, date, and purpose for each expenditure; and
(6) the name, address, and employer, or occupation if self-employed, of any individual or committee that during the year has made one or more contributions that in the aggregate exceed $100, and the amount and date of each contribution. The filing officer must restrict public access to the address of any individual who has made a contribution that exceeds $100 and who has filed with the filing officer a written statement signed by the individual that withholding the individual's address from the financial report is required for the safety of the individual or the individual's family.
The provisions of this section requiring the filing of reports are in addition to the provisions of any municipal charter requiring the filing of reports in connection with a municipal primary, general election, special primary, or special election, but they do not replace special laws providing filing requirements for a municipality.
Candidates for election to the United States House of Representatives or Senate and any political committees raising money and making disbursements exclusively on behalf of any one of those candidates may file copies of their financial disclosures required by federal law in lieu of the financial statement required by this section. A candidate or committee whose report is published on the Federal Election Commission Web site has complied with the filing requirements of this section.
The reports required by this section may be filed electronically, subject to the approval of the filing officer.
NOTE: The amendment to subdivision 2 by Laws 2010, chapter 327, section 25, is effective June 1, 2012. Laws 2010, chapter 327, section 25, the effective date.