Coordination and the post-Citizens United landscape in Minnesota

You’re a corporation.  Or a trade association.  Or a union.  You do a lot of things.  You have a PAC that makes contributions.  You have executives that talk to candidates and officeholders.  They make contributions of their own.  Some volunteer for campaigns.  Some serve on honorary campaign committees.  You have lobbyists.  You’re part of coalitions.

You read Citizens United and your state’s new law on independent political committees.  You want to support or defeat a candidate, but must do so independently.  Could anything you have done or are doing put you in a precarious position?

The Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board released an advisory opinion addressing potential activities that could damage the independence of corporate independent expenditures (or those of independent political committees).

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