Minnesota Lobbyist Disbursement Reports – Due Today

In accordance with the Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Act, each lobbyist who registers with the Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board must periodically disclose the total amount of money spent on lobbying activities in a semi-annual Lobbyist Disbursement Report. The report covering disbursements from June 1 – December 31, 2013 is due TODAY.

At the time of registration, each lobbyist designates whether he or she is a “self-reporting lobbyist,” an “authorizing lobbyist” or a “reporting lobbyist.” A self-reporting lobbyist reports his or her own expenditures to the Board. A lobbyist that reports distributions for another lobbyist on behalf of the same client is referred to as a reporting lobbyist. A lobbyist who allows someone to report expenditures on his or her behalf is an authorizing lobbyist. In addition, Minnesota Rules require all lobbyist principals to appoint one lobbyist as a “designated lobbyist” who is responsible for reporting the disbursements of the entity. Lobbyists must retain records related to lobbyist expenses for a period of four (4) years.

All self-reporting, reporting and designated lobbyists must file a Lobbyist Disbursement Report no later than January 15, 2014. The report must disclose all disbursement made between June 1 and December 31, 2013. A report must be filed even if no disbursements were made during the reporting period. The report may be filed with the Board by facsimile or by e-mail submission. Alternatively, the report may be filed electronically at http://www.cfboard.state.mn.us/lobby/report.htm. To access the electronic filing system, each lobbyist will need a user name and password that is provided by the Board. All reports are available for viewing by the public.

Due to changes made during the 2013 legislative session, a lobbyist who fails to file a required report by the due date is subject to a late filing fee of $25 per day, not to exceed $1,000. Unlike previous years, there is no grace period for late filings.