STATE OF MINNESOTA
CAMPAIGN FINANCE AND PUBLIC DISCLOSURE BOARD
In the matter of the Citizens for Nathan (Busch) Committee, #15413 44B.
Pursuant to Minn. Stat. §10A.28, subd. 3, the Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board and Nathan Busch hereby agree as follows:
1. On September 22, 2000, the Citizens for Nathan Committee accepted a $500 contribution from the Volunteers for Sue Bloyer Committee, #13600, a registered principal campaign committee. The acceptance of a contribution from another candidate's principal campaign committee is prohibited under Minn. Stat. §10A.27, subd. 9(a), unless the contributing candidates principal campaign committee is being dissolved. The contribution was not returned to the contributor within 60 days as required by Minn. Stat. §10A.15, subd. 3.
2. By letter dated, March 6, 2001, Mark Johnson, treasurer, stated: "This contribution was accepted with the understanding that the Volunteers for Sue Bloyer Committee was being dissolved. After the year end, Sue Bloyer notified Nathan Busch and me that she had not dissolved her campaign due to an oversight on her part and that we would have to return her contribution."
3. Board records show that this is the first calendar year in which the Citizens for Nathan Committee reported acceptance of a contribution from a registered principal campaign committee under Minn. Stat. §10A.27, subd. 9(a). The Citizens for Nathan Committee registered with the Board on August 8, 2000.
4. The parties agree that the Citizens for Nathan Committee accepted a contribution from a registered principal campaign committee resulting in an inadvertent violation of Minn. Stat. §10A.27, subd. 9(a), in calendar year 2000.
5. On February 28, 2001, the Citizens for Nathan Committee returned to the Volunteers for Sue Bloyer Committee $500, one times the amount of the prohibited contribution. On March 5, 2001, the Board received a copy of the check returning the contribution.
6. It is agreed by the parties that the return of the prohibited contribution to the contributor, the copy of the check, 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 that this Agreement is confidential until signed by Nathan Busch 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 19, 2001
Approved by the Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board
April 26, 2001
Will Fluegel, chair
Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board