STATE OF MINNESOTA
CAMPAIGN FINANCE AND PUBLIC DISCLOSURE BOARD
FINDINGS IN THE MATTER OF A COMPLAINT REGARDING
SENATOR JOHN MARTY
On September 9, 2003, Ron Eibensteiner, Chair, Republican Party of Minnesota, filed a complaint with the Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board ("Board") against Senator John Marty alleging that Senator Marty violated Minn. Stats. 10A.025, and 10A.09.
Mr. Eibensteiner alleged that Senator Marty filed economic interest statements with the Board that either contained false information or omitted information required to be disclosed. Specifically, Mr. Eibensteiner alleged that Senator Marty failed to disclose compensation he received as a writer/editor for the Apple Pie Alliance.
In support of his complaint, Mr. Eibensteiner provided a copy Senator Marty's biography from the Senate web site, printouts from the Apple Pie Alliance web site and copies of previously filed Statements of Economic Interest.
By letter dated September 11, 2003, the Board notified Senator Marty of the complaint and afforded him an opportunity to respond. Senator Marty responded on October 2, 2003, and stated that he volunteered his time and services to the Apple Pie Alliance and did not receive any compensation. Senator Marty stated, "I volunteered my time writing and speaking for numerous organizations last year, and did not receive compensation."
This matter was considered by the Board in executive session at its meetings on September 17, 2003, and October 22, 2003. The Board's decision was based on the complaint, the response, and Board records.
Based on the record before it, the Board issues the following:
Based on the above Statement of the Evidence, the Board makes the following:
FINDINGS CONCERNING PROBABLE CAUSE
Based on the above Findings, the Board issues the following:
1. The complaint alleging that Senator Marty violated Minn. Stat. 10A.025 by knowingly filing a false report is dismissed in its entirety.
2. The complaint alleging that Senator Marty violated Minn. Stat. 10A.09, subd. 5, by failing to disclose compensation received for his work as a self-employed attorney is dismissed in its entirety.
3. The record in this matter and all correspondence is entered into the public record in accordance with Minn. Stat. 10A.02, subd. 11. Board staff shall provide copies to Senator Marty and Mr. Eibensteiner.
Dated: October 22, 2003 ____________________________________________________
Clyde Miller, Chair
Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board