Re: [Mpls] Campaign finance question

2005-12-11 Thread Andy Driscoll
I don't believe there is, David. But individual contribution limits apply to
PACs as well, meaning that, if more money is to be spent, it would have to
be the independent type - 521 - and not associated with the campaign in any
meaningful way. But we know how these things work, don't we?

Andy Driscoll
St. Paul 


on 12/11/05 12:02 PM, David Brauer wrote:

 Sincere question for those who know more than I:
 
 Is there an individual-contributor limit to a Political Action Committee
 that might spend money in a Minneapolis race?
 
 Thanks for any help on this.
 
 David Brauer
 Kingfield
 
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Re: [Mpls] Campaign finance question

2005-12-11 Thread ken bradley
  David,
   

  Minnesota
§10A.27

  Unlimited
Individual ® PAC
 


  Prohibited
  Corporate/Union ® PAC

  Unlimited
  Political Party  ® PAC

  Unlimited
  PAC ® PAC Transfers

   
  The  amount of money  an individual can contribute to a PAC is unlimited in 
the state of Minnesota. Realistically you could give as much money as you want 
to a candidate as long as it is sent to the PAC first. Many large contributors 
just form PAC's. Al Franken for example just formed the Midwest Values PAC to 
raise money for progessive candidates. 
   
  http://www.ncsl.org/programs/legman/about/cont_to_pac.htm
   
Political Action Committees - Many states also limit the amounts that may 
be contributed to candidates by PACs - only 14 states do not. Limits on PAC 
contributions are generally similar or even identical to the limits on 
individual contributions.  Some states differentiate between two types of PACs 
and establish different contribution limits for the types. For example, in 
Arizona a PAC may qualify for super PAC status if it receives contributions 
from 500 or more individuals in amounts of $10 or more during a one-year 
period. Super PACs may contribute nearly five times the amount a regular PAC 
is permitted to contribute. Arkansas, California, Colorado, Louisiana, and 
Michigan have similar provisions. Some states also place limits on the total 
amount a candidate can receive from PACs. In Arizona, it is $75,624 for a 
gubernatorial candidate and $7,568 for legislative candidates. Other states 
that limit the total dollars a candidate may accept from PACs are Louisiana,
 Massachusetts, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska and Wisconsin. In Kentucky, most 
candidates candidate cannot accept PAC contributions which in the aggregate 
exceed 50% of total contributions or $10,000 (whichever is greater) in an 
election cycle. 
   
  http://www.ncsl.org/programs/legman/about/ContribLimits.htm

  

Ken Bradley
  Kenny Neighborhood



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Re: [Mpls] Campaign finance question

2005-12-11 Thread Terrell Brown
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Sincere question for those who know more than I:

Is there an individual-contributor limit to a Political Action Committee
that might spend money in a Minneapolis race?



[TB]  The PAC can spend as much as it want (has) if it is not coordinated 
with the candidate or candidate's campaign.  It needs to be a true 
independent expenditure.  Its from a court decision based on free speech, 
the PAC has a constitutional right to make its opinions known.


An individual is not limited in how much s/he contributes to the PAC (for a 
candidate, technically the limit is what a candidate can accept from an 
individual).  That's essentially the same free speech thing, you can't 
regulate what I can give but you can limit what a candidate can accept.




Terrell Brown
Minneapolis (Loring Park), MN

Should any political party attempt to abolish Social Security, unemployment 
insurance, and eliminate labor laws and farm programs, you would not hear of 
that party again in our political history. There is a tiny splinter group, 
of course, that believes that you can do these things. Among them are a few 
Texas oil millionaires, and an occasional politician or businessman from 
other areas. Their number is negligible and they are stupid. - President 
Dwight D. Eisenhower (R), 1954 



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