STATE OF MINNESOTA
CAMPAIGN FINANCE AND PUBLIC DISCLOSURE BOARD
FINDINGS IN THE MATTER THE 8TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT COPE AFL-CIO FUND
Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board ("Board") staff reviewed the Report of Receipts and Expenditures for 2002 filed by the 8th Congressional District COPE AFL-CIO Fund and found that the committee reported acceptance of contributions from 12 unregistered associations.
On March 19, 2003, Board staff sent written notice to Alan Netland, treasurer, of a potential violation of Minn. Stat. 10A.27, subd. 13, which prohibits a political fund from accepting contributions in excess of $100 from unregistered associations, unless, at the time the contributions are received, the unregistered association includes a written statement that meets the disclosure and reporting requirements imposed by Minn. Stat. 10A.20.
On April 4, 2003, Mr. Netland stated "while coordinating the banquet for the annual AFL-CIO convention, I accepted checks for banquet tickets from unions and not from their PAC's…I suggest to remedy this problem by returning the money to the individual unions and to assure you that no such infraction will occur again on my watch."
The Board considered this matter in executive sessions on April 24, 2003, and May 28, 2003. The Board's decision was based upon Board records and Mr. Netland's response.
Based on the record before it, the Board issues the following:
Based on the above Statement of the Evidence, the Board makes the following:
There is probable cause to believe that the 8th Congressional COPE AFL-CIO Fund violated Minn. Stat. 10A.27, subd. 13, when it accepted excess contributions from 12 unregistered associations on August 20, 2002.
Based on the above Findings, the Board issues the following:
Dated: May 28, 2003 _________________________________
Clyde Miller, Chair
Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board