STATE OF MINNESOTA

CAMPAIGN FINANCE AND PUBLIC DISCLOSURE BOARD

CONCILIATION

AGREEMENT

In the matter of the Senator LeRoy Stumpf Reelection Committee, #11572, District 1.

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

1. During calendar year 2001, the Senator LeRoy Stumpf Reelection Committee accepted a contribution which facially exceeded the $100 non-election year limit for a political committee contribution as set out in Minn. Stat. 10A.27, subd. 1(a)(4). The contribution exceeded the applicable limit by $100. The amount of the excess contribution was returned by the committee, but not within 60 days as required by Minn. Stat. 10A.15, subd. 3.

2. In a letter dated April 18, 2002, LeRoy Stumpf, stated, "After reviewing our records, it does appear that we made an inadvertent error and returned the excess contribution to the donor after it had been in our possession for more than 60 days. This was a miscommunication between the candidate and treasurer."

3. The Senator LeRoy Stumpf Reelection Committee registered with the Board on August 4, 1982. This is the first calendar year in which the Senator LeRoy Stumpf Reelection Committee reported acceptance of a contribution that exceeded the applicable contribution limit.

4. The parties agree that the Senator LeRoy Stumpf Reelection Committee accepted a facially-excessive contribution in calendar year 2001, resulting in an inadvertent violation of Minn. Stat. 10A. 27, subd. 1(a)(5).

5. The Board imposes a civil fine totaling $200 to be paid to the Board for deposit in the general fund of the state. The civil fines represent two times the amount by which the contribution exceeded the applicable contribution limit.

6. LeRoy Stumpf 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 payment of the civil fine of $200, and this Conciliation Agreement will be a bar to any civil proceeding under Minn. Stat. 10A.28, subds. 3 and 4.

7. It is further understood and agreed, however, that if the civil fine of $200 is not paid within the time specified in paragraph 6 above, then LeRoy Stumpf will be personally liable to pay a civil fine, under Minn. Stat. 10A.28 and 10A.34, subd. 1, in an amount calculated as follows:

(a) $300, three times the amount by which the contribution exceeded the statutory limit, if payment is received 31 to 60 days after the date this Agreement is signed by the Board Chair;

(b) $400, four times the amount by which the contribution exceeded the statutory limit, if payment is received later than 61 days after the date this Agreement is signed by the Board Chair;

8. It is further understood that if the civil fine is not paid as agreed, within the times specified in paragraphs 6 and 7 above, the Board will proceed to enforce the provisions of Minn. Stat. 10A.28, subd. 4.

9. It is further understood and agreed that this Agreement is confidential until signed by LeRoy Stumpf 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 4, 2002

LeRoy Stumpf

 

Approved by the Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board

May 16, 2002

 

Douglas A. Kelley, Chair

Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board