When candidates file for office with the City Clerk, they are given a copy of the Minnesota Campaign Manual. The Manual explains campaign financial reporting and campaign practices requirements and prohibitions that apply to candidates and committees active on the City level of government.
Campaign Finance Report
Candidates filing for municipal office and committees acting to influence the nomination, election, or defeat of a candidate are required to file a campaign finance report with the City Clerk within 14 days after the candidate or committee receives contributions or makes disbursements of more than $750 in a calendar year.
In a year when the candidate's name appears on the ballot, additional reports are due as follows:
10 days before the primary election
10 days before the general election
30 days after a general election
January 31 of each year following the year when the initial report was filed
A final report may be filed any time after the candidate, committee, or corporation has settled all debts and disposed of all assets in excess of $100 in aggregate. Except for the City Clerk's enforcement of the prohibitions in Minn. Stat. 211B.11 against campaigning in or around polling places, the City Clerk does not interpret or enforce the Fair Campaign Practices statutes.