STATE OF MINNESOTA

CAMPAIGN FINANCE AND PUBLIC DISCLOSURE BOARD

 

CONCILIATION

AGREEMENT

In the matter of the (Greg) Blaine Campaign Committee, (#15471)

 

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

 

1. During 2002, the (Greg) Blaine Campaign Committee accepted $5,675 in contributions from special sources. These sources include registered lobbyists from whom the Committee accepted $350, political committees or political funds from which the Committee accepted $4,525, and large givers, as defined in Minn. Stat. 10A.27, subd. 11, from whom the Committee accepted $800. The total amount of these contributions exceeded by $199 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 May 13, 2003, Michelle Blaine, treasurer, stated "I didn't realize that the lobbyists and individual contributions over $250 were to be included towards the total for candidate limits."

3. Board records show that this is the first calendar year in which the (Greg) Blaine Campaign Committee reported acceptance of contributions which exceeded the applicable aggregate contribution limit. The (Greg) Blaine Campaign Committee registered with the Board on August 21, 2001.

 

4. The parties agree that the (Greg) Blaine Campaign 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 Blaine 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 $199, 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 Blaine hereby agrees to forward to the Board $199 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 $199, 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 $199 is not paid within the time specified in paragraph 7 above, then Representative Blaine 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) $398 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) $597 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) $796 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 Blaine 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: 6/12/03

Representative Greg Blaine

 

 

 

Approved by the Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board

 

 

By Dated: 6/25/03

Clyde Miller, chair

Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board