Apologies for the late response to this post, but I'm also a public union
member (MAPE 0301) as a state employee and I disagree with Tony that
limiting PAC contributions would drown out union voices or that it's somehow
wrong to suggest that elected officials should recuse themselves from votes
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?
Individual ® PAC
Corporate/Union ® PAC
Political Party ® PAC
PAC ® PAC Transfers
The amount of money an individual can contribute to a PAC is
-- Original Message -
From: David Brauer [EMAIL PROTECTED]
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
Tony and Others,
TONY SCALLON [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote: Many on the Issues lists forget who are
some of the larger PACS. The unions through their COPE committees are one of
the largest contributors to campaigns including many of the City Council races.
PAC's represent business interests,
I don't think too many people have forgotten that Unions are some of the
contributors to campaigns and the way some did their endorsements have left
indelible mark on the memory not to be forgotten.
Many Union/Labor members are coming to realize that endorsements are not
It is exciting and refeshing to see such interest in this topic since the
recent election. There are a variety of potential reforms that we could move
towards in Minneapolis over the next few years. A sustained, organized and
thoughtful effort initiated and guided by a group
The Green Party does not accept money from PACS. ANY PACs. Not even good
ones. Not even from pro-choice PACs, or feminist PACs, or minority PACs -
or union PACs.
Good is in the eye of the beholder; if it took any and called it good
the general reply would be, Yeah, right! They would be called
Creating a public financed campaign system in our city would create
a more participatory democratic society. It would create a level
playing field for all citizens regardless of their economic
situation or institutional influence. Voting would have significant
more power and thus hopefully
Tim Bonham [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:
I've been Treasurer for many party units, candidates, and joint
campaigns over the years.
I just can't see that public financed campaigns would solve all these
problems. Just change to different problems.
Here's some that I see:
ML : (see
Sorry it took me so long to respond to this...
Victoria Heller wrote, of campaign financing:
Those in the know make a $50 profit by applying for the political
Sorry, Victoria, but the PCRP is not available to those who make donations
to candidates for Minneapolis offices.
From: David Brauer
Did the mayor's ethics group consider campaign-finance
reform? Such as:
* More timely disclosures for city candidates. (This includes
required electronic disclosures, such as posting on the web
so that voters reporters could more fully
I was planning to wait to see the debate roll out, but I do want to
address one point by Terrell:
* A ban on non-election year fundraising.
[TB] I have 2 objections to this. First its incumbent protection.
nobody could have begun to raise money to run for Mayor in 2001 prior
At 09:14 AM 10/29/01 -0600, David Brauer asks:
Does anyone know when pre-general-election campaign finance reports for the
mayor's race are filed? I'm thinking tomorrow (Tuesday) - a week before the
election, but I'm not confident about that.
I thought October 25th was the due date. It would
The reports are due TODAY in person OR if mailed, must be postmarked today.
Candidate for Re-Election to Library Board
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From: David Brauer <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
To: <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
Subject: [Mpls] Campaign finance reports
In the end I wish the list would get just as heated
over the affordable housing crisis and solicit what
candidates think about that and more importantly just
how they would try to deal with the problem
Campaign finance disclosure makes for interesting
discussion but is hardly
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