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Title: Lobbyist Registration
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Description: Minnesota Campaign Finance Board
Subject: Lobbyists
Creation Date: 9/11/2008 2:14:35 PM
Modification Date: 5/22/2020 9:07:56 AM
Agency Name: Campaign Finance Board (CFB), Minnesota
Agency URL:
Agency Description: The Minnesota Campaign Finance Board is responsible for administration of statutes governing the financial operations of associations that seek to influence Minnesota state elections. The Board's jurisdiction is established by Minn. Stat. Chapter 10A.
Agency Phone: 651-539-1187
Agency Fax: Agency URL:
Agency Address: Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board, Minnesota
190 Centennial Building
658 Cedar St.
St. Paul
Unit Name: Marcia Weller
Unit URL:
Unit Description:
Unit Phone: 651-539-1187
Unit Fax: Contact person(s):
Unit URL:
Audience: Hold Application URL:
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Lobbyist Overview

An individual who communicates with public or local officials or urges others to communicate with public or local officials becomes a lobbyist after the individual:

* Is paid more than $3,000 in a year from all sources for lobbying,
* Spends more than $250 of personal funds on lobbying, or
* Spends more than 50 hours in any month if the individual is a non-elected local official or an employee of a political subdivision

Lobbying includes attempts to influence:

* Legislative action,
* Administrative action (the amendment, adoption, or repeal of administrative rule), or
* The official actions of a metropolitan governmental unit, or
* Utility rate setting, power line siting, or power plant siting by the Public Utilities Commission. 

Lobbyist Registration

A lobbyists must file a Lobbyist Registration Form within 5 days after becoming a lobbyist.

Required registration information:

Name, address, email address, and principal place of business of the lobbyist.

Name, address and website address of the association on whose behalf the lobbyist is lobbying.

Description of the subjects on which the lobbyist intends to lobby.

Name and address of the officers and directors of the association. 

Whether the lobbyist will:
  ~report their own disbursements,
  ~report their own and other lobbyists disbursements, or
  ~authorize another lobbyist to report their disbursements
  ~Whether the lobbyist is the designated lobbyist for the association.

A separate registration is required for each association on whose behalf the lobbyist lobbies.

Registration in both programs is permanent until a final report and statement of termination are filed with the Board.


Lobbyist Registration

Lobbyist Handbook

Rules: 4511

Statutes: 10A


Lobbyist Registration (PDF)  

List of lobbying subjects for use on your registration form (PDF)

Refer to:

Lobbyist reports

Principal's report

File a lobbyist principal report online


No fee.

Period of Issuance:

Ongoing, with two yearly reports required.

Length of Determination: Registrations are processed in the order they are received. Usually within two business days.
Other Info:
Activity: Lobbyist
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