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Fair Campaign Practices



Administrative Law Judges at the Office of Administrative Hearings are authorized to hear and decide complaints alleging violations of the Fair Campaign Practices and Finance Acts (Minnesota Statutes, Chapters 211A and 211B ). These complaints are heard by a panel of three Administrative Law Judges. The panel may dismiss the matter, issue a reprimand, impose a civil penalty of up to $5,000 and/or refer the complaint to a county attorney for criminal proceedings. Complaints filed with the Office of Administrative Hearings must proceed to a final order before the alleged violation may be prosecuted by a county attorney.

Helpful forms and other information is found at the following links:
Complaint Form
Notice of Appearance
Income Guidelines and Fee Waiver Form

For more information, contact an OAH staff attorney at 651-361-7837.

Possible Penalties

Every case is unique and each penalty will be selected to reflect the specific facts of the case. In order to assure some consistency from one case to the next, the three judge panel uses a presumptive penalty matrix as guidance. In any case, the three judge panel may depart from the presumptive penalty listed below and will explain the reasons for any departures.


Gravity of Violation
Willfulness
Minimal/no impact on voters, easily countered
Some impact on several voters, difficult to correct/counter
Many voters misled, process corrupted, unfair advantage created
Deliberate, multiple violations in complaint, history of violations, clear statute, unapologetic
 
$600 - 1,200
$1,200 – 2,400 and/or Refer to County Attorney
$2,400 – 5,000 and/or Refer to County Attorney
Negligent, ill-advised, ill-considered
$250 - 600
$600 - 1,200
$1,200 – 2,400 and/or Refer to County Attorney
Inadvertent, isolated, promptly corrected, vague statute, accepts responsibility 
$0 - 250
$400-600
$600 - 1,200
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