STATE OF MINNESOTA

CAMPAIGN FINANCE AND PUBLIC DISCLOSURE BOARD

CONCILIATION

AGREEMENT

In the matter of the Neighbors for Matt Entenza Committee, (#12958)

Pursuant to Minn. Stat. 10A.28, subd. 3, the Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board and Representative Matt Entenza hereby agree as follows:

1. During 2002, the Neighbors for Matt Entenza Committee accepted $5,895 in contributions from special sources. These sources include registered lobbyists from whom the Committee accepted $745, political committees or political funds from which the Committee accepted $3,650, and large givers, as defined in Minn. Stat. 10A.27, subd. 11, from whom the Committee accepted $1,500. The total amount of these contributions exceeded by $419 the applicable limit on aggregate contributions from special sources, which for this candidate was $5,476. The amount of the excess contributions was not returned to the contributors within 60 days as required by Minn. Stat. 10A.15, subd.3.

2. By letter dated November 18, 2002, Sara L. Gjerdrum, treasurer, stated, "The campaign inadvertently exceeded the aggregate contribution limits allowed for the 2002 election year. To my knowledge the account has exceeded the aggregate limit by $419."

3. Board records show that this is the first calendar year in which the Neighbors for Matt Entenza reported acceptance of contributions which exceeded the applicable aggregate contribution limit. The Neighbors for Matt Entenza Committee registered with the Board on September 23, 1993.

4. The parties agree that the Neighbors for Matt Entenza Committee accepted excessive contributions from special sources resulting in an inadvertent violation of Minn. Stat. 10A. 27, subd. 11, in calendar year 2002.

5. Representative Entenza hereby agrees to return to donors of the contributions, described in paragraph one, an amount sufficient to bring the committee in compliance with Minn. Stat. 10A.27, subd. 11. Copies of the checks and the accompanying letters returning the contributions must be forwarded to the Board within 30 days after the date this Conciliation Agreement is signed by the Board Chair.

6. The Board imposes a civil penalty of $419, one times the amount by which the contributions exceeded the applicable limit, to be paid to the Board for deposit in the general fund of the state.

7. Representative Entenza hereby agrees to forward to the Board $419 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 the accompanying letters returning the contributions, payment of the civil penalty of $419, and this Conciliation Agreement will be a bar to any civil proceeding under Minn. Stat. 10A.28, subds. 3 & 4.

8. It is further understood and agreed, however, that if the excess amount is not returned as specified in paragraph 5 above, or the civil penalty of $419 is not paid within the time specified in paragraph 7 above, then Representative Entenza will be personally liable to pay a civil penalty, under Minn. Stat. 10A.28 and 10A.34, subd. 1, in an amount calculated as follows:

(a) $838 or two times the amount by which the contributions exceeded the statutory limit, if payment is received 31 to 60 days after the date this Agreement is signed by the Board Chair;

(b) $1,257 or three times the amount by which the contributions exceeded the statutory limit, if payment is received 61 to 90 days after the date this Agreement is signed by the Board Chair;

           (c) $1,676 or four times the amount by which the contributions exceeded the statutory limit, if payment is received 91 to 120 days after the date this Agreement is signed by the Board Chair.

9. It is further understood that if the contributions are not returned within the time specified in paragraph 5 above, and the civil penalty 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 Representative Entenza 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:

Representative Matt Entenza

Approved by the Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board

By Dated:

Douglas A. Kelley, chair

Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board