STATE OF MINNESOTA

CAMPAIGN FINANCE AND PUBLIC DISCLOSURE BOARD

CONCILIATION

AGREEMENT

 

In the matter of the Chaudhary for Senate Committee (#15250);

 

Pursuant to Minn. Stat. 10A.28, subd. 3, the Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board ("the Board") and Senator Satveer Chaudhary hereby agree as follows:

 

1. During calendar year 2002, the Chaudhary Committee accepted aggregate contributions from the Police Officers Federation of Minneapolis Contingency Fund which cumulatively exceeded the $500 election year limit for a political committee contribution as set out in Minn. Stat. 10A.27, subd. 1(a)(4). The contribution exceeded the applicable limit by $250. The amount of the excess contribution was not returned by the committee within 60 days as required by Minn. Stat. 10A.15, subd. 3.

 

2. In a letter dated November 20, 2003, Dee Drier, treasurer, stated "the committee…did accept $750 from the Police Officers of Minneapolis Contingency Fund, believing $500 was to be attributed to the Police Officers Alliance of Minnesota Political Action Fund. I believed that contributions to be from two different organizations."

3. The Chaudhary for Senate Committee registered with the Board on April 5, 2000. This is the first calendar year in which the Chaudhary for Senate Committee reported acceptance of a contribution that exceeded the applicable contribution limit.

 

4. The parties agree that the Chaudhary for Senate Committee accepted a cumulatively excessive contribution in calendar year 2002, resulting in an inadvertent violation of Minn. Stat. 10A. 27, subd. 1(a)(4).

 

5. Senator Chaudhary agrees to return $250 to the Police Officers Federation of Minneapolis Contingency Fund within thirty days after the date this Conciliation Agreement is signed by the Board chair. Senator Chaudhary also agrees to provide the Board with a copy of the check and accompanying letter returning the contribution within thirty days after the date this Conciliation Agreement is signed by the Board chair.

 

6. The Board imposes a civil fine totaling $250 to be paid to the Board for deposit in the general fund of the state. This civil fine represents one times the amount by which the contribution exceeded the applicable contribution limit.

 

7. Senator Chaudhary hereby agrees to forward to the Board $250 by check or money order payable to the STATE OF MINNESOTA within 30 days after the date this Agreement is signed by the Board chair. It is agreed by the parties that the copies of the checks and accompanying letters returning the contributions, payment of the civil fine of $250, and this Conciliation Agreement will be a bar to any civil proceeding under Minn. Stat. 10A.28, subds. 3 and 4.

 

8. It is further understood and agreed, however, that if the civil fine of $100 is not paid within the time specified in paragraph 6 above, then Senator Chaudhary will be personally liable to pay a civil fine, under Minn. Stat. 10A.28 and 10A.34, subd. 1, in an amount calculated as follows:

 

(a) $500, two times the amount by which the contribution exceeded the statutory limit, if payment is received 31 to 60 days after the date this Agreement is signed by the Board Chair;

 

(b)   $750, three times the amount by which the contribution exceeded the statutory limit, if payment is received 61-90 days after the date this Agreement is signed by the Board Chair;

 

(c)    $1,000, four times the amount by which the contribution exceeded the statutory limit, if payment is received 91-120 days after the date this Agreement is signed by the Board chair.

9. It is further understood that if the civil fine is not paid as agreed, within the times specified in paragraphs 7 and 8 above, the Board will proceed to enforce the provisions of Minn. Stat. 10A.28, subd. 4.

 

 

10. It is further understood and agreed that this Agreement is confidential until signed by Senator Chaudhary and the Board Chair; the signed Agreement then shall become a matter of public record, and the statutory requirement of confidentiality shall no longer apply. Minn. Stat. 10A.02, subd. 11 and 10A.28, subd. 3.

 

Dated: 1/29/04

Senator Satveer Cahudhary

 

Approved by the Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board

 

 

 

By Wil Fluegel Dated: 2/3/04

Chair, Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board