Political Contribution Refund
Participation in Contribution Refund Program2009 Department of Revenue PCR Form
Department of Revenue Memo
On June 16, 2009, Governor Pawlenty used the unallotment process in order to balance the state’s budget.
Money to support the political contribution refund (PCR) program was among the amounts unalloted.
By statute, the political contribution refund program is available to political party units and
candidates who agree to limit their spending by signing a Public Subsidy Agreement.
The contribution refund program is administered by the Department of Revenue. Money is
appropriated to the Department of Revenue to fund the program and the Department processes
refund applications much as it processes tax refunds. The Department of Revenue issued this memo
explaining how the unallotment will effect the agencey's administration of the PCR program.
At the present time, all Public Subsidy Agreements signed by candidates remain in place and in
full effect with regard to spending limits and other conditions to which signers agreed. The
Governor’s unallotments do not include unallotment of the income and property tax
checkoff component or the direct appropriation component of the public subsidy program. At
this time the part of the public subsidy program that provides direct payments to
qualified candidates is still in place.
The Board will review with legislative leaders and legal counsel the possible effects of the PCR
Important: Limits on contributions that may be accepted by candidates from individuals,
program unallotment on existing public subsidy agreements.
party units, and political committees or funds, as well as the aggregate limit on
contributions from special sources have never been dependent on a candidate’s signing
a Public Subsidy Agreement. These limits are applicable regardless of the status of the
public subsidy program or a candidate’s participation in that program.
Call Gary Goldsmith
at 651-296-1721 or 800-657-3889 if you have questions about the PCR
You may also contact the Department of Revenue by sending
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