STATE OF MINNESOTA

CAMPAIGN FINANCE AND PUBLIC DISCLOSURE BOARD

CONCILIATION

AGREEMENT

In the matter of the Friends of Chad Hobot Committee, #15149 51A.

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

1. During calendar year 2000 the Friends of Chad Hobot Committee accepted $5,074.78 in contributions from special sources. These sources include registered lobbyists from whom the Committee accepted $125 and political committees or political funds from which the Committee accepted $4,949.78. The total amount of these contributions exceeded by $10.78 the applicable limit on aggregate contributions from special sources, which, for this candidate, was $5,064. 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 memorandum dated March 25, 2001, Lisa Venne, treasurer, stated, "We exceeded the amount of money that we can receive from Pac's and Lobbyists. This was an unfortunate oversight."

3. Board records show that this is the first calendar year in which the Friends of Chad Hobot Committee reported acceptance of contributions, which exceeded the applicable aggregate contribution limit. The Friends of Chad Hobot Committee registered with the Board on October 27, 1999.

4. The parties agree that the Friends of Chad Hobot Committee accepted excessive contributions from special sources resulting in an inadvertent violation of Minn. Stat. 10A. 27, subd. 11, in calendar year 2000.

5. Chad Hobot hereby agrees to return to donors of the contributions, described in paragraph one, $10.78, one times the amount by which the aggregate contributions exceeded 20 percent of the expenditure limit. 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 fine of $10.78, 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. Chad Hobot hereby agrees to forward to the Board $10.78 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 fine of $10.78, 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 of $10.78 is not returned as specified in paragraph 5 above, or the civil fine of $10.78 is not paid within the time specified in paragraph 7 above, then Chad Hobot will be liable to pay a civil fine, under Minn. Stat. 10A.28 and 10A.34, subd. 1, in an amount calculated as follows:

(a) $21.56 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) $32.34 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) $43.12 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 excess contributions are not returned within the time specified in paragraph 5 above, or the civil fine is not paid within the time specified in paragraph 7 above, then pursuant to Minn. Stat. 10A.34, subd. 1, Chad Hobot shall be personally liable for the fine described in paragraph 8 above.

10. It is further understood that if the contributions are not returned within the time specified in paragraph 5 above, and 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.

11. It is further understood and agreed that this Agreement is confidential until signed by Chad Hobot 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:  May 9, 2001

Chad Hobot

 

Approved by the Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board

May 15, 2001

 

Will Fluegel, chair

Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board