Campaign Finance Report Requirements

Campaign Finance Reports must stay online for four years, according to Minnesota Statute 10A. Contribution limit is $600.

These reports must be completed by any candidate that raises more than $750.

Reporting Requirements & Timeline

Once a candidate has filed an initial report, the subsequent reports become required. These additional reports must be filed in any year in which the candidate's name or a question appears on the ballot.

Initial Report

An initial report must be filed within 14 days after a candidate or committee raises or spends more than $750.

The following required reports must be filed once an initial report is filed.

Pre-Primary Report

The pre-primary report is due 10 days before the primary or special primary.

This report covers the period from where the previous report left off up to 5 days before when it is due.

Pre-General Report

The pre-general report is due 10 days before the general election or special election.

This report covers the period from where the pre-primary report left off up to 5 days before when it is due.

Post-General Report

The post-general report is due 30 days after a general or special election.

This report covers the period from where the pre-general report left off up to 5 days before when it is due.

Year-End Report

A year-end report is due on January 31 of each year following the year when the initial report is filed.

Additional reports are required in a year when the candidate's name or the ballot question a committee is working for or against appears on the ballot.

Final Report

A candidate or committee may file a final report once all debts are paid and all assets in excess of $100 in the aggregate are disposed of.

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

Note: Once a final report is filed, no further subsequent reports are required to be filed.

Certification of Filing

Note: all candidates must complete this form.

The certification of filing is due 7 days after the general or special election.

A certification of filing must be filed regardless if a candidate or committee raises or spends enough to file an initial report. It indicates to the filing officer that either all the required campaign reports have been filed or the candidate or committee did not raise or spend more than $750 in the calendar year.

The Campaign Financial Report (PDF) Certification of Filing form is available for download from the Minnesota Secretary of State Campaign Filing Packet page.

More Information

The Campaign Financial Report (PDF) form and 2018 Campaign Manual (PDF) are available for download from the Minnesota Secretary of State Campaign Filing Packet. The Campaign Manual contains additional information regarding campaign reporting and campaign practices. 

A handout is also available with more information on Corporate Campaign Expenditure Reporting.