Board Opens the Door to Secret Political Spending

Voters will be kept in the dark

Today, the Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board (CFDB) found that the Minnesota Family Council did not break Minnesota disclosure rules. This ruling came as a result of a complaint that Common Cause Minnesota filed against the Minnesota Family Council and Minnesota for Marriage for failing to properly disclose contributors to the amendment.

The decision to allow Minnesota Family Council to hide their political donors creates a dangerous precedent in Minnesota. The decision will allow millions of dollars of secret money to flow in the marriage amendment. The CFDB has a responsibility to protect the public right to know who is funding the ballot campaigns.

This decision creates a roadmap on how groups can avoid disclosure and keep the public in the dark. The full decision is available here: 

It is easy to see why, on the same day, the State Integrity project gave Minnesota a D for lack of effective oversight of political spending. It should come at no surprise that one of the main reason that the state received such a poor grade was for the lack of enforcement of political spending. Read the full report here: 

Common Cause Minnesota is still awaiting a decision on the second part of the complaint against Minnesota For Marriage. Besides that complaint there are still three other complaints that Common Cause has pending before the CFDB – one against the Minnesota Republican Party, Count Them All Properly, Inc. and the American Legislative Exchange Council.

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