ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Political groups are eagerly awaiting a determination from Minnesota regulators about how involved candidates can be in fundraising for independent groups.
The Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board was taking up the topic Tuesday. Where it comes down is important given the increasing influence of groups bound by fewer fundraising restrictions. They are supposed to avoid directly coordinating with candidates.
The question is whether fundraising cooperation by candidates would bar the beneficiary group from eventually spending on their races.
Regulators are responding to a request from an unidentified candidate's attorney who has been approached about raising money for an unnamed independent group. By law, Minnesota candidates are limited in what they can raise and who from. Groups can take corporate dollars and spend largely as they wish.