STATE OF MINNESOTA
CAMPAIGN FINANCE AND PUBLIC DISCLOSURE BOARD
FINDINGS IN THE MATTER THE WORKING FAMILIES COALITION
Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board ("Board") staff reviewed the Report of Receipts and Expenditures for 2002 filed by the Working Families Coalition (#30569) and found that the committee reported acceptance of contributions in excess of $100 from three unregistered associations.
On May 15, 2003, Board staff sent written notice to Brian Biele, treasurer, Working Families Coalition, 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 June 26, 2003, Mr. Biele stated "Please note that under no situation was the collection of the…funds intended to purposely result in non-compliance with state laws."
The Board considered this matter in executive session on August 27, 2003. The Board's decision was based upon Board records and Mr. Biele'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 Working Families Coalition violated Minn. Stat. 10A.27, subd. 13, when it accepted excess contributions from three unregistered associations in calendar year 2002.
Based on the above Findings, the Board issues the following:
Clyde Miller, Chair
Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board