STATE OF MINNESOTA

CAMPAIGN FINANCE AND PUBLIC DISCLOSURE BOARD

CONCILIATION

AGREEMENT

In the matter of Jesse Ventura Volunteer Committee, #14827 GC.

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

1. The Jesse Ventura Volunteer Committee accepted two contributions from Julie Shortridge; $200 on January 4, 2000, and $500 on August 26, 2000. The total amount of these contributions, $700, exceeded by $200 the applicable $500 non-election year contribution limit, as set out in Minn. Stat. 10A.27, subd. 1(a)(1). The amount of the excess contributions was not returned to the contributor within 60 days as required by Minn. Stat. 10A.15, subd. 3.

2. By memorandum dated January 25, 2001, Phil Madsen, treasurer, stated that the error was found when the report was being completed, and that the excess amount was returned to Ms. Shortridge that same day.

3. On January 16, 2001, the Jesse Ventura Volunteer Committee returned $200 to Julie Shortridge.

4. Board records show that this is the first calendar year in which the Jesse Ventura Volunteer Committee reported acceptance of contributions which exceeded the applicable contribution limit. The Jesse Ventura Volunteer Committee has been registered with the Board since September 25, 1997.

5. The parties agree that the Jesse Ventura Volunteer Committee accepted cumulatively excessive contributions resulting in an inadvertent violation of Minn. Stat. 10A.27, subd. 1 (a)(1), in calendar year 2000.

6. Jesse Ventura agrees to forward to the Board a copy of the check, along with the accompanying letter, returning $200 (one times the amount by which the contributions exceeded the limit) to the contributor, Julie Shortridge, within 30 days after the date this Agreement is signed by the Board Chair.

7. The Board imposes a civil fine of $200, 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.

8. Jesse Ventura hereby agrees to forward to the Board $200 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 returning the contribution along with its accompanying letter, payment of the civil fine, and this Conciliation Agreement will be a bar to any civil proceeding under Minn. Stat. 10A.28, subds. 3 and 4.

9. It is further understood and agreed, however, that if the copy of the check returning the excess contributions specified in paragraph 6 above, or the civil fine of $200 is not paid within the time specified in paragraph 8 above, then Jesse Ventura 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) $400 or twice 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) $600 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) $800 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.

10. It is further understood and agreed that if the copy of the check returning the excess contributions specified in paragraph 6 above, or the civil fine is not paid within the time specified in paragraph 8 above, then pursuant to Minn. Stat. 10A.34, subd. 1, Jesse Ventura shall be personally liable for the penalty described in paragraph 9 above.

11. It is further understood that if the copy of the check returning the excess contributions specified in paragraph 6 above, or the civil fine of $200 is not paid within the times specified in paragraphs 8 and 9 above, the Board will proceed to enforce the provisions of Minn. Stat. 10A.28, subd. 4.

12. It is further understood and agreed that this Agreement is confidential until signed by Jesse Ventura 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:  June 7, 2001

Jesse Ventura

 

Approved by the Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board

June 7, 2001

 

Will Fluegel, chair

Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board