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Campaign finance

Hennepin County candidate committees file campaign finance reports with us. Each committee must have a treasurer who completes and submits the financial reports. Reporting is governed by Minnesota statute (MS) 211A and MS 211B.

Change in reporting offices

Bloomington, Brooklyn Park, and Minneapolis city and school district candidates now file with their city office.

Political committees whose major purpose is to influence a countywide or city ballot issue for the cities listed above, or who contribute to a candidate’s committee for the offices listed above, now file with the Minnesota Campaign Finance Board.

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Who reports to Hennepin County

Committees of Hennepin County candidates for:

  • County commissioner
  • County sheriff
  • County attorney
  • Three rivers park commissioners

Certification of filing

All candidate committees must file a certification of filing within 7 days of a general or special election in which their name is on the ballot.

Reporting schedule

Once a candidate committee raises or spends more than $750, it must file the following reports until it files a final report.

Initial report

File within 14 days after your candidate committee raises or spends more than $750.

Year-end report

Due on January 31 of each year after an initial report has been filed.

Pre-primary report

Due 10 days before the primary or special primary when the candidate's name appears on the ballot.

  • Reporting period: from when the previous report left off until 15 days before the primary or special primary.

Pre-general report 

Due 10 days before the general or special election when the candidate's name appears on the ballot.

  • Reporting period: from when the previous report left off until 15 days before the general election or special election.

Post-general report

Due 30 days after the general or special election when the candidate's name appears on the ballot. 

  • Reporting period: from 15 days before through 25 days after the general or special election.

Final report

A candidate committee may file this report once all debts are paid and all assets totaling more than $100 are disposed of.

This ends campaign reporting activity. If the candidate committee raises or spends more than $750 after this point, a new initial report must be filed.

Form

Campaign financial report form

How to submit a report

Submit reports by mail, email or fax.

Election year

Up to $1,000 for any Hennepin County office

Non-election year

Up to $250 for any Hennepin County office

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