Governed by St Paul Code of Ordinances, Chapter 28 (pdf) and Minnesota Statutes, Chapters 211A & 211B (both pdf)
St Paul Offices
- Saint Paul Mayor
- Saint Paul City Council
- City of Saint Paul ballot questions
- Independent School District 625 (Saint Paul)
- Independent School District 625 ballot questions
Reports due in an election year (for 2013, Saint Paul Mayor, Ward 1 City Council Member, and 3 Saint Paul School Board members)
In a year when the candidate’s name or a ballot question appears on the ballot, the treasurer must file all reports remaining for the election year 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 (St Paul Mayor and Ward 1 City Council race only).
Reports due in a non-election year (for 2013, Saint Paul City Council Wards 2-7, and 4 Saint Paul School Board members)
In a year when the candidate’s name or ballot question is not on the ballot, and once the initial report has been filed, the treasurer must file only the January report.
- Initial report: one-time report due within 14 days of receiving contributions or making expenditures of $100 or more
- Registration and Statement of Organization: one-time report, filed with the initial report, due within 14 days after the committee receives contributions or makes expenditures of $100 or more. 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).
- Two-week pre-primary report: due 2 weeks before the primary, if one is occurring
- Eight-week pre-election report: due 8 weeks before the general election, if no primary (September 10, 2013, due at 12:00 pm)
- Two-week pre-election report: due 2 weeks before the general election (October 22, 2013, due at 12:00 pm)
- Certification of Filing: due within seven days after the general or special election.
- Year-end report: due on the last Tuesday in January of each year (January 28, 2014, due at 12:00 pm)
- 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. However, the January year-end report must include all transactions from the last previous report up to and including December 31 of the previous year.
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 $50 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
- Current account balance
Contribution limits - Saint Paul Mayor
City of Saint Paul mayoral candidates and their committees 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.
Contribution limits - Saint Paul City Council
City of Saint Paul City Council candidates and their committees 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 - Independent School District 625 Candidates
Saint Paul School Board candidates and their committees 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 city 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.