Governed by Ramsey County Ordinance 97-480 and Minnesota Statutes, Chapters 211A & 211B
Ramsey county offices
- Ramsey County Commissioner
- Ramsey County Sheriff
- Ramsey County Attorney
- Ramsey County Conservation District Supervisor (governed by Minnesota Statutes, Ch. 211A & 211B only)
- Ballot questions placed on the ballot by the Ramsey County Board or the Ramsey County Charter Commission
Reports due in a non-election year (for 2013, all Ramsey County Candidates/Committees)
In a year when the candidate’s name or ballot question is not on the ballot, and after the initial report has been filed, the treasurer must file only the year-end report.
Reports due in an election year
In a year when the candidate’s name or a ballot question appears on the ballot, the treasurer must file all reports remaining in the election season after the initial report has been filed. In addition to campaign finance reports, a Statement of Economic Interest is due within 14 days after filing an affidavit of candidacy or petition to appear on the ballot.
- Initial report: one-time report due within 14 days of receiving contributions or making expenditures that exceed $750
- Statement of Organization: one-time report, filed with the initial report, due within 14 days after the committee receives contributions or makes expenditures greater than $750. The statement of organization contains basic committee information including name and address of committee, officers of the committee, bank location of committee funds, and liquid assets. Additional statements of organization must be filed any time there is a change in basic committee information (except liquid assets).
- Pre-primary report: due 10 days prior to primary each year candidate is on the ballot
- Pre-general report: due 10 days prior to general election each year candidate is on the ballot
- Certification of Filing: due within seven days after the general or special election
- Post-general report: due 30 days after general election each year candidate is on the ballot
- Year-end report: due on January 31 of each year
- Final report: due when committee dissolves. Filing a final report ends all reporting requirements. A candidate or committee may file a final report when all debts have been paid and all assets in excess of $100 in the aggregate have been disposed of. For laws governing disposal of assets, see Minn. Stat. Ch. 211A.13 and Ch. 211B.12 subd (6).
Campaign financial reports must include all activity for the period from the last previous report up to and including the fifth day before the current report is due.
Information to be reported
Reports contain the following information:
- Summary of all contributions received, whether cash or in-kind, during the reporting period
- Summary of all expenditures made during the reporting period
- Names of persons making contributions of $100 or more in the aggregate during the calendar year, address, employer or occupation if self-employed, the amount of the contribution, and the date the contribution was received
- Names of persons/businesses to whom expenditures were made, the purpose of the expenditure, the date of the expenditure, and the amount of the expenditure
Contribution limits - Ramsey County Commissioner
Ramsey County candidates for an office whose territory has a population of 100,000 or less may not accept contributions from individuals or committees that in the aggregate exceed $100 in non-election years and $300 in years the office is on the ballot.
Contribution limits - Ramsey County Sheriff, Ramsey County Attorney, Ramsey County Conservation District Supervisor
Ramsey County candidates for an office whose territory has a population over 100,000 may not accept contributions from individuals or committees that in the aggregate exceed $100 in non-election years and $500 in years the office is on the ballot.
Prohibited committee transfers
Candidates for county offices may not accept transfers from a principal campaign committee (such as a committee established for a candidate for a state office under Minn. Stat. Ch. 10A) and must not make contributions to a principal campaign committee, unless the contribution is made from the personal funds of the candidate.