STATE OF MINNESOTA

CAMPAIGN FINANCE AND PUBLIC DISCLOSURE BOARD

CONCILIATION

AGREEMENT

In the matter of the (Dennis) Ozment Volunteer Committee, #11469 37A.

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

1. During calendar year 2000 the Ozment Volunteer Committee accepted $5,525 in contributions from special sources. These sources include registered lobbyists from whom the Committee accepted $1,225, political committees or political funds from which the Committee accepted $3,800, and large givers, as defined in Minn. Stat. 10A.27, subd. 11, from whom the Committee accepted $500. The total amount of these contributions exceeded by $461 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 letter dated February 27, 2001, Gloria Pinke, treasurer, stated, "I knew Campaign Finance Law says that contributions from individuals are limited to $500.00. Unfortunately, I was totally unaware of the law that says any amount over $250.00. from an individual is to be included in the aggregate that may be received from political parties, lobbyists or political action committees."

3. Board records show that this is the first calendar year in which the Ozment Volunteer Committee reported acceptance of contributions, which exceeded the applicable aggregate contribution limit. The Ozment Volunteer Committee registered with the Board on June 24, 1984.

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

5. On February 27, 2001, the Ozment Volunteer Committee returned 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. A copy of the check and accompanying letter was received in the Board office on February 28, 2001.

6. The Board imposes a civil fine of $461, 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. Dennis Ozment hereby agrees to forward to the Board $461 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 copy of the check and the accompanying letter returning the excess contributions, payment of the civil fine of $461, 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 civil fine of $461 is not paid within the time specified in paragraph 7 above, then Dennis Ozment 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) $922 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) $1,383 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) $1,844 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 civil fine is not paid within the time specified in paragraph 7 above, then pursuant to Minn. Stat. 10A.34, subd. 1, Dennis Ozment shall be personally liable for the fine described in paragraph 8 above.

10. 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.

11. It is further understood and agreed that this Agreement is confidential until signed by Dennis Ozment 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:  April 21, 2001

Dennis Ozment

 

Approved by the Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board

April 27, 2001

 

Will Fluegel, chair,

Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board