STATE OF MINNESOTA

CAMPAIGN FINANCE AND PUBLIC DISCLOSURE BOARD

CONCILIATION

AGREEMENT

In the matter of the Dale Walz Volunteer Committee #14957 12A.

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

1. During the election year 2000, the Dale Walz Volunteer Committee made campaign expenditures of $25,475.29, which exceeded the applicable $25,320 expenditure limit, as set out in Minn. Stat. 10A.25, subd. 2, and 10A.255, by $155.29.

2. By letters dated April 17, and June 23, 2001, Dale Walz, candidate, stated that the Brainerd Daily Dispatch under billed his committee for campaign ads and later billed the committee for the difference. The additional billing put the committee over its expenditure limit.

3. Board records show that this is the first calendar year in which the Dale Walz Volunteer Committee reported campaign expenditures that exceeded the applicable spending limit. The Dale Walz Volunteer Committee registered with the Board on April 24, 1998.

4. The parties agree that the Dale Walz Volunteer Committee made excessive campaign expenditures resulting in an inadvertent violation of Minn. Stat. 10A.25, subd. 2, and 10A.255, in calendar year 2000.

5. The Board imposes a civil fine of $155.29, one times the amount by which the campaign expenditures exceeded the applicable expenditure limit, to be paid to the Board for deposit in the general fund of the state.

6. Dale Walz hereby agrees to forward to the Board $155.29 by check or money order payable to the STATE OF MINNESOTA within 30 days after the date this Conciliation Agreement is signed by the Board Chair. It is agreed by the parties that payment of this civil fine by the date specified and this Conciliation Agreement will be a bar to any civil proceeding under Minn. Stat. 10A.28, subd. 4.

7. It is further understood and agreed, however, that if the civil fine of $155.29 is not paid within the time specified in paragraph 6 above, then Dale Walz 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) $310.58, or two times the amount by which the campaign expenditures exceeded the statutory limit, if payment is received 31 to 60 days after the date this Agreement is signed by the Board Chair;

(b) $465.87 or three times the amount by which the campaign expenditures exceeded the statutory limit, if payment is received 61 to 90 days after the date this Agreement is signed by the Board Chair;

(c) $621.16 or four times the amount by which the campaign expenditures exceeded the statutory limit, if payment is received 91 to 120 days after the date this Agreement is signed by the Board Chair.

8. It is further understood that if the civil fine imposed by the Board is not paid within the time specified in paragraph 6 above, then pursuant to Minn. Stat. 10A.34, subd. 1, Dale Walz shall be personally liable for the penalty described in paragraph 7 above.

9. It is further understood that if the civil fine is not paid as agreed within the times specified in paragraphs 6 and 7, 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 Dale Walz and the Board Chair; the signed Agreement shall then become a matter of public record, and the statutory requirement of confidentiality shall no longer apply. Minn. Stat. 10A.02, subd. 11; 10A.28, subd. 3.

 

 

Dated:  July 10, 2001

Dale Walz

 

Approved by the Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board

July 19, 2001

 

Shirley Chase, chair

Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board