FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

December 1, 2000

FOR INFORMATION

Jeanne Olson - (651) 296-1721

Jeff Sigurdson - (651) 296-1720

CAMPAIGN FINANCE AND PUBLIC DISCLOSURE BOARD ISSUES SECOND PUBLIC SUBSIDY PAYMENTS TO QUALIFYING CANDIDATES IN 2000 ELECTIONS

Public subsidy payments totaling $2,133,682 to 134 state Senate and 251 state House of Representatives candidates were paid this week. This represents 88.5% of the 435 candidates whose names appeared on the general election ballot.

Public subsidy payments are made from the General Account and the Party Accounts of the State Elections Campaign Fund. Money is allocated to the Fund based on taxpayer checkoffs on state tax returns. The Fund is also supplemented by an appropriation of $1,500,000 per general election from the general fund of the state.

General Account payments are made to eligible state Senate and House of Representatives candidates who receive at least 10% of the vote and who were opposed at either the primary or general election. Based on the November 7, 2000, general election vote totals, 129 state Senate and 242 state House of Representative candidates received payments totaling $1,979,965.

 

The General Account is allocated between offices on a statutory formula and the amount available for each office is then divided by the number of candidates qualifying for the payment. General account payments are summarized in the table on the following page:

Office

Total Available

Number Qualified

Payment Made

State Senate

$992,985

129

$7,697

House of Repr.

$986,980

242

$4,078

December party account payments totaling $153,716 were made to 384 candidates. Party account payments are made to the parties’ nominees on the general election ballot regardless of percentage of vote received. Party account payments are summarized in the following table:

Party

September Party Account Totals

December Party Account Totals

Total

Democratic-Farmer-Labor

$526,717

$58,538

$585,255

Independence Party of MN

$30,000

$4,567

$34,567

Republican

$536,803

$90,528

$627,331

Green

$397

$84

$481

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Payments made from the State Elections Campaign Fund were based on Department of Revenue processing of 99% of tax returns. State Senate candidate payments are based on checkoffs on state tax returns for tax years 1996 through 1999 while House candidate payments are based on returns for tax years 1998 and 1999.

To be eligible to participate in the public subsidy programs, a candidate must sign and file a Public Subsidy Agreement with the Board in which the candidate agrees to abide by statutory campaign expenditure limits and agrees to limit contributions by the candidate to the candidate’s principal campaign committee. A candidate must also raise a specified amount in individual contributions and file an affidavit stating that this requirement has been met.

Of the 460 candidates who filed an affidavit of candidacy for state Senate or for the state House of Representatives in July 2000, 442 registered campaign committees with the Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board. Of the 442 registered candidates 436, or over 98%, signed Public Subsidy Agreements.

A candidate who is unopposed in both the primary and general elections may not receive public subsidy. Any amount from a Party Account, which would have otherwise been available to an unopposed candidate, is paid to the candidate’s political party. A total of

$3,487.62 will be paid to the Democratic Farmer Labor Party for two unopposed candidates, and $33,327.11 will be paid to the Republican Party for 12 unopposed candidates.

Payments to candidates in the 2000 elections from the State Elections Campaign Fund, including amounts paid in September 2000, totaled $3,227,600.

Information about payments from the State Elections Campaign Fund is available from the Board office, Suite 190, Centennial Building, 658 Cedar Street, St. Paul.

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See a report of candidates and their payment amounts