STATE OF MINNESOTA

CAMPAIGN FINANCE AND PUBLIC DISCLOSURE BOARD

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Wednesday, April 23, 2003

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Robert Whitaker Conference Room

First Floor, Centennial Office Building

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MINUTES

 

Meeting was called to order by Chair Miller.

 

Members present:  Ashmore, Fluegel, Kelley, Milbert, Miller, Pauly

Others present:  Olson, Sigurdson, Swanson, Drilias, staff; Huwe, counsel

 

MINUTES  (February 24, 2003)

 

Mr. Fluegel's MOTION:       To approve the February 24, 2003, minutes as drafted.

 

Vote on MOTION:       Unanimously passed by four members (Ashmore and Kelley absent).

 

CHAIR'S REPORT

 

Board Meeting Schedule

 

Next meeting is scheduled for May 28, 2003.   

 

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR'S REPORT

 

Ms. Olson submitted the following written report:

 

·            Staff Activities

 

On February 27th Mr. Sigurdson met with two individuals from Korea, along with their interpreter, as part of the U.S. Department of State's International Visitor Program.  They discussed the role of administrative agencies that focus on political fund-raising groups. 

 

On March 4th Ms. Olson spoke to the University of St. Thomas Political Science Club about campaign finance registration and reporting requirements as well as lobbyist registration and reporting and the ban on gifts to public officials.  About fifteen students attended the session.

 

On March 12th Ms. Olson was a guest lecturer at a Hamline University Masters of Public Administration class, entitled Legislative Practicum.  The class had ten students and was

 

entitled Money, Politics, and Lobbying.  The legislative process and resources available in the Board office and on the Board's website were discussed.

 

On April 28th and 29th Mr. Sigurdson will attend the annual Heartland conference in Little Rock, Arkansas.  He has been invited to present information about the Board's recently compiled data regarding registration fees for lobbyists, candidates, political committees, political funds, and public officials charged by agencies through out the 50 states.   

 

·            Legislation

 

The appointments of Terri Ashmore and Bob Milbert were approved by the Senate Rules Subcommittee on Elections on March 5th, by the full Rules Committee on March 24th, and by the full Senate on April 22nd. 

 

Bills including the Board's recommendations, SF 931 and HF 1322, were introduced by Senator Higgins and Representative Rhodes.  SF 931 was passed by the Senate Rules Subcommittee on March 26th and must be heard by the full Rules Committee.  HF 1322 was passed by the House Governmental Operations committee on April 7th and is on the House General Register for floor action.  Both bodies took out provisions relating to raising the contribution and expenditure limits for constitutional office candidates.

 

On March 25th, Mr. Sigurdson, Mark Scipioni, Department of Administration analyst, and Ms. Olson presented information to the State Government Budget Division Committee about the Governor's fee recommendations and other states' fee structures.  The Department of Administration's Management Analysis Division's report on other states' fee structure was provided to Board members.

 

The Governor's recommendation proposes that the check off funds for public subsidy payments to eligible candidates come from the individual taxpayer rather than from the state and that the amount may be up to $25.  The proposal also decreases the political contribution refund by one-half ($25 refunded for a $50 contribution).  The House proposal removes the $1,500,000 appropriation each election year to the general account of the state elections campaign fund.

 

Fees charged to lobbyists and the associations that hire them may not exceed the cost to administer that particular program.  Management Analysis is working with staff to determine how to best account for the use of Board resources to meet a possible challenge to the constitutionality of the provision.  Federal guidelines, best practices in other states that charge lobbying fees, and State of Minnesota guidelines are being researched to determine costs associated with the program.

 

·            Personnel

 

Tricia McBrayer is no longer employed in the Board office.  Because of the hiring freeze, the receptionist position will remain open.  All staff members are covering front desk duties on a rotating basis.

 

As a result of the two open positions, we have contracted with the Department of Administration for data entry assistance in the campaign finance and lobbying programs.

 

·            Miscellaneous

 

On March 15th, about 1,300 lobbyist principals were required to file their annual report on 2002 lobbying expenditures.  This report was the first filed that disclosed expenditures in increments of $20,000.  Staff entered the data and issued a summary report on April 8th.  This data will also be incorporated into the Annual Lobbyist Disbursement Summary in the fall.  An updated list of principal's expenditures was provided to Board members. 

 

Enforcement Report

 

Consent Items

 

Board Action:            Authorization for referral to the Office of the Attorney General for failure to file the Report of Receipts and Expenditures due January 31, 2003, and imposition of a $1,000 civil penalty.  These individuals have each incurred a $100 late filing fee.  Two reminder notices have been sent to each treasurer and candidate and staff attempted to contact each individual by telephone.   The second notice informed these individuals that they were subject to a $1,000 civil fine.

 

Christopher Berg, candidate, Chris Berg for State Senate

Anthony Berg, treasurer, Neighbors for (Jim) Berry

Mark Borsheim, treasurer, (Mark) Borsheim for Representative

Sheree Breedlove, candidate, Sheree Breedlove Volunteer Committee

Ray Egan, candidate, (Ray) Egan for Senate

Amy Engren, treasurer, (Loyal) Hyatt Campaign Committee

Phyllis Jenneke, treasurer, (Jeffrey) Jenneke Campaign Fund

Todd Lindquist, treasurer, Friends of Todd Lindquist

Larry Lownie, candidate, Friends of Larry Lownie

Larry McKenzie, candidate, Larry McKenzie

Michelle Pone, treasurer, Eric Pone Volunteer Committee

Tom Porter, candidate, Tom Porter for State Legislature Committee

Phil Rattι, candidate, (Phil) Rattι for State Representative

Jeff Scott, candidate, Residents for Jeff Scott for Senate

Daniel Stevens, candidate, (Daniel) Stevens for Senate

Lisa Tarasar, candidate, Friends of Lisa Tarasar

Eleanor Frengi, treasurer, (Laverne) Turner for Senate

Christopher Berg, treasurer, 4th Congressional District Republican Labor Federation

 

Gary Lee, treasurer, 57th Senate District DFL

Matthea Little Smith, treasurer, Minnesota Black Political Action Committee

 

Board Action:            Authorization of a certified letter for late filing fees, which accrued because of the late filing of the Report of Receipts and Expenditures due January 31, 2003, and subsequent legal enforcement action if the fee is not paid.  Two reminder notices have been sent to each treasurer and candidate and staff attempted to contact each individual by telephone.

 

Yia Thao, treasurer, Ellen Anderson for State Senate:  $15

Stephen Proctor, treasurer, (Dick) Borrell for 19B:  $35

Marsha Miller, treasurer, (Ronald) Dicklich for Senate:  $5

Kim Ellison, treasurer, Committee to Elect Keith Ellison:  $25

Tom Paulson, treasurer, Ken McInnis Volunteer Committee (House): $20

Raymond Pierce, candidate, Committee to Elect Ray Pierce:  $5

Dave Anderson, treasurer, Friends of Michael Rentz:  $20

Adam Chose, treasurer, (Noah) Rouen Volunteer Committee:  $15

Sandra Sabby, treasurer, (Gary) Sabby Campaign Committee:  $30

Susan Rego, treasurer, (John) Skoog for State Representative:  $5

Scott VanBinsbergen, candidate, Scott Van Binsbergen for Minnesota State Representative:  $30

 

Justin Wallin, candidate, Justin Wallin for Senate Committee:  $5

Carol Ann White, candidate, Committee to Elect Carol A. White:  $5

Joseph Maiers, treasurer, 15th Senate District RPM:  $70

Board Action:            Authorization for referral to the Office of the Attorney General for failure to file the Lobbyist Disbursement Report due January 15, 2003, and imposition of a $1,000 civil penalty.  These individuals have each incurred a $100 late filing fee. Two reminder notices have been sent to each lobbyist and staff attempted to contact each individual by telephone.

 

Bridget Cronin, Families for Effective Autism Treatment

Ray Egan, ABATE Minnesota

Ray Egan, Minnesota Motorcycle Riders Association

Suzanne McIntosh, Clean Water Action Alliance

Dean Moe, Minnesota Deer Breeder Association

Carol Overland, Concerned River Valley Citizens, Inc.

Carol Overland, Public Intervenors Network

 

Board Action:            Authorization for referral to the Office of the Attorney General for failure to file the Annual Report of Lobbyist Principal due March 17, 2003, and imposition of a $1,000 civil penalty.  A late filing fee of $5 per business day began to accrue on April 16, 2003.  Two reminder notices have been sent to each association and staff attempted to contact each individual by telephone.  

 

ABATE Minnesota

Arrowhead EMS Association, Inc.

Associated Contract Loggers, Inc.

Bob Erickson

Concerned River Valley Citizens, Inc.

Libertarian Party of Minnesota, Inc.

Minnesota Forestry Association

Minnesota School Psychologists Association

Pleasuredome Resorts, Inc.

Public Intervenors Network, Inc.

 

Ms. Pauly's MOTION:                        To authorize the actions specified in the consent matters as amended.

 

Vote on MOTION:       Unanimously passed.

 

Discussion Items

 

Authorization for an inactive committee to retain active status

 

Richard Cairnes, candidate, Volunteers to Elect Rich Cairnes – By letter dated January 31st Mr. Cairnes requested that his committee be allowed to retain active status until 2004 for the purpose of disposing of the committee's assets.

 

Mr. Fluegel's MOTION:            To approve Mr. Cairne's request and allow the Volunteers to Elect Rich Cairnes committee to retain active status.

 

Vote on MOTION:       Unanimously passed.

 

Authorization to terminate with a cash balance in excess of $100

 

Lori Lee, treasurer, Saint Paul Supervisors Organization - By letter dated April 8th Ms. Lee requested permission to terminate the Saint Paul Supervisors Organization with a cash balance in excess of $100.  Ms. Lee stated that the organization does not intend to make any contributions or donations to state candidates or political parties in the future, but would like to use the remaining cash to make contributions to local candidates. 

 

Ms. Pauly's MOTION:                        To approve Ms. Lee's request to terminate the Saint Paul Supervisors Organization committee with a cash balance of more that $100.

 

Vote on MOTION:            Unanimously passed.

 

Request to administratively terminate lobbyist registration

 

Kelly Schwinghammer, Minnesota Dental Association - Minnesota Dental Association staff notified Board staff that Ms. Schwinghammer left her employment at the Association in November 2002, for a job in Washington, DC.  The Association staff does not have contact information for Ms. Schwinghammer.  Board staff's attempts to contact Ms. Schwinghammer have been unsuccessful.  Because Ms. Schwinghammer is not a reporting lobbyist, no late filing fees have accrued.

 

Mr. Milbert's MOTION:                        Direct staff to: 1) administratively terminate the lobbyist registration of Kelly Schwinghammer; 2) place all correspondence in the lobbyist files; and 3) retain the files in the active file should Ms. Schwinghammer become an active lobbyist in the future.

 

Vote on MOTION:       Unanimously passed.

 

Reconsideration of a waiver request for the Report of Receipts and Expenditures due August 26, 2002 (see November 20, 2002, Board minutes)

 

Tom Paulson, treasurer, Ken McInnis Volunteer Committee (Senate), $500 – By letter dated March 5th Mr. Paulson stated that Mr. McInnis' mother was recovering from surgery in Wisconsin and Mr. McInnis was out of town every weekend taking care of her and unable to meet with Mr. Paulson to assist in filing the report.  Mr. Paulson also stated that he would appreciate any consideration for a reduction of the late filing fee along with a payment schedule for any remaining balance.   

 

Ms. Pauly's MOTION:                        To approve Mr. Paulson's request and reduce the late filing fee to $250 and direct staff to set up a payment schedule with Mr. Paulson.

 

Vote on MOTION:            Unanimously passed.

 

Waiver requests

 

·            Report of Receipts and Expenditures due October 28, 2002

 

Adam Chose, treasurer, (Noah) Rouen Volunteer Committee, $500 - A year-end Report of Receipts and Expenditures was received in the Board office on December 13, 2002.  In his waiver request Mr. Chose stated that because the committee had no activity to report after the primary election, he concluded that he was not required to file the pre-general report. 

 

Mr. Fluegel's MOTION:            To approve Mr. Chose's request and waive the $500 late filing fee.

 

Vote on MOTION:       Unanimously passed.

 

Diane Krych, Carlton County RPM, $500 – The Report of Receipts and Expenditures was received in the Board office on November 26, 2002.  In her waiver request, Ms. Krych stated that she faxed the report to the Board on October 27, 2002, before leaving town.  The committee's pre-primary report due August 19, 2002, was received on September 14, 2002, resulting in a $500 fine, which the Board reduced to $100.  The committee's report due January 31, 2002, was received on February 21, 2002, no late filing fee accrued.  The committee's report due January 31, 1998, was received on March 18, 1998, no late filing fee accrued.  Ms. Krych was not treasurer at the time these three reports were filed late.  No motion was made.

 

Megan Heikes, treasurer, Cook County GPM, $1,500 ($500 late filing fee and $1,000 civil penalty) - On February 3, 2003, Ms. Heikes submitted a Report of Receipts and Expenditures for the period covering January 1 through December 31, 2002.  In her waiver request Ms. Heikes indicated that the committee never raised any money and has terminated its registration with the Board. 

 

Ms. Pauly's MOTION:            To approve Ms. Heikes' request to waive the $500 late filing fee and the $1,000 civil penalty.

 

Vote on MOTION:            Unanimously passed.

 

John Thorson, member, AFSCME Council 14 PEOPLE Fund, $1,500 ($500 late filing fee and $1,000 civil penalty) – The Report of Receipts and Expenditures was received in the Board office on March 7, 2003.  Mr. Thorson's waiver request stated that “new procedures have been implemented within our organization for accounting and filing of reports" and that “all future reporting of the AFSCME Council 14 PEOPLE Fund will be completed electronically via the Board's Campaign Finance software."  The committee's Report of Receipts and Expenditures due January 31, 2002, was received September 13, 2002, resulting in a $100 late filing fee.  The committee's report due October 30, 2000, was received on November 3, 2000, resulting in a $50 late filing fee.  The committee's report due August 28, 2000, was received September 20, 2000.

 

Ms. Ashmore's MOTION:            To: 1) deny Mr. Thorson's request to waive the $500 late filling fee; and 2) deny Mr. Thorson's request to waive the $1,000 civil penalty and reduce the civil penalty to $500.

 

Vote on MOTION:       Unanimously passed.

 

·            Reports of Receipts and Expenditures due August 19 and October 28, 2002 

 

Kristin Fallenstein, treasurer, (Troy) Haefner for Senate, $3,000 ($1,000 in late filing fees and $2,000 in civil penalties) – On February 18, 2003, Ms. Fallenstein submitted a Report of Receipts and Expenditures for the period covering January 1 through December 31, 2002.  In her waiver request Ms. Fallenstein stated that she was ill throughout 2002, and provided a letter from her physician indicating that Ms. Fallenstein had two surgeries in 2002.  Ms. Fallenstein also indicated that the committee intends on terminating. 

 

Mr. Milbert's MOTION:            To: 1) deny Ms. Fallenstein's request to waive the $1,000 late filing fees and reduce the fee to $500; and 2) to approve Ms. Fallenstein's request to waive the $2,000 civil penalties.

 

Vote on MOTION:            Unanimously passed.

 

Darryl Spence, candidate, Darryl Spence for State Representative, $3,000 ($1,000 in late filing fees and $2,000 in civil penalties) - On February 21, 2003, Mr. Spence submitted a Report of Receipts and Expenditures for the period covering January 1 through December 31, 2002.  In his waiver request Mr. Spence indicated that he had used the Finance 2002 software and believed that he had successfully submitted his report electronically.  The Board has no record of the file being submitted electronically.  In addition, Board staff notified Mr. Spence by telephone that the reports had not been electronically received.  Mr. Spence added that there had been no committee activity since the primary election.  The committee terminated its registration with the Board on February 25th.  

 

Ms. Pauly's MOTION:                        To: 1) deny Mr. Spence's request to waive the $1,000 late filing fees and reduce the fee to $200; and 2) to approve Mr. Spence's request to waive the $2,000 civil penalties.

 

Vote on MOTION:            Unanimously passed.

 

·            Report of Receipts and Expenditures due January 31, 2003

 

Jan Carroll, treasurer, We Want (Mark) Gleason Campaign, $40

Jan Carroll, treasurer, Gleason (Mark) for State Auditor Campaign, $40

The Reports of Receipts and Expenditures for both committees were received in the Board office on March 14, 2003.  In her waiver request Ms. Carroll stated that the two reports were late due to extenuating personal circumstances.  

 

Mr. Fluegel's MOTION:            To approve Ms. Carroll's request to waive the two $40 late filing fees due to extenuating circumstances.

 

Vote on MOTION:       Unanimously passed.

 

Michele Ford, candidate, (Michele) Ford for Senate, $30 – The Report of Receipts and Expenditures was received in the Board office on March 12, 2003.  In her waiver request Ms. Ford indicates that her report was not timely filed due to health concerns and extenuating personal circumstances.  The committee terminated its registration with the Board on March 12th.

 

Mr. Kelley's MOTION:                        To approve Ms. Ford's request to waive the $30 late filing fee due to extenuating circumstances.

 

Vote on MOTION:       Unanimously passed.        

 

·            Original Statement of Economic Interest

 

Linda Kane, member, Designer Selection Board, Department of Administration, $75 – The Statement due January 21, 2003, was received in the Board office on March 13, 2003.  In her waiver request, Ms. Kane stated that she set her disclosure statement aside while waiting for information from a previous employer, and subsequently lost track of the due date.  No motion was made.

 

William Montgomery, member, Designer Selection Board, Department of Administration, $80 – The Statement due January 17, 2003, was received in the Board office on March 11, 2003.  In his waiver request, Mr. Montgomery stated that his failure to file the statement was an oversight related to his recent job transition.  No motion was made. 

 

·            Pre-General Report of Large Pre-Election Contribution or Loan

 

Katie Perrault, treasurer, Wayne Gilbert Volunteer Committee, $500 - In her waiver request, Ms. Perrault stated that she was unable to use her Finance 2002 software during the period during which she was required to file a 48-hour notice.  Ms. Perrault enumerated a number of extenuating personal circumstances that also contributed to the late filing of this report, and noted that the committee does not have $500 in its account. 

 

Mr. Kelley's MOTION:                        To deny Ms. Perrault's request to waive the $500 late filing fee and reduce the fee to $250.

 

Vote on MOTION:            Unanimously passed.

 

Gabe Davis, treasurer, Lori Schmidt Campaign Committee, $500 - In his waiver request, Mr. Davis stated that he used the Finance 2002 software to submit his 48-hour notice.  The Board has no record of this notice being submitted electronically. 

 

Mr. Milbert's MOTION:       To approve Mr. Davis' request to waive the $500 late fling fee.

 

Vote on MOTION:            Unanimously passed.

 

Donald Hewitt, treasurer, Citizens for Julie Ward, $500 - In his waiver request, Mr. Hewitt stated that the Finance 2002 software did not prompt him to submit a 48-hour notice.  Board staff is unaware of any other committee encountering this problem with the Finance 2002 software.  No motion was made.

 

·            Lobbyist Disbursement Report due January 15, 2003 

 

Deborah Loeser, Xcel Energy Services, Inc., $20 – The Lobbyist Disbursement Report was received in the Board office on February 20, 2003.  In her waiver request Ms. Loeser stated that her report was late because she was out of town attending to a family emergency.  No motion was made.

 

Informational Items

 

Payment of late filing fees

 

·            Report of Receipts and Expenditures due January 31, 2002

 

Maureen Anderson, candidate, Anderson (Maureen) Volunteer Committee:  $144 ($100 late filing fee, $44 service of process fees)

 

Joel Holstad, treasurer, Committee to Elect Holstad:  $100

Marianne Beck, treasurer, 43rd Senate District RPM:  $100

Robin Madsen, treasurer, AFSCME Council 14 PEOPLE Fund:  $100

James Meffert-Nelson, treasurer, Minnesota Optometric PAC:  $100

 

·            Report of Receipts and Expenditures due August 26, 2002

 

Richard Thomas, treasurer, Ames Construction PAC:  $500

Jennifer O'Rourke, treasurer, Minnesotans for a Democratic Majority:  $70 (balance $245)

       James Meffert-Nelson, treasurer, Minnesota Optometric Political Action Committee:  $500

 

·            Report of Receipts and Expenditures due October 28, 2002

 

Corey Holden, treasurer, Lake County RPM:  $100

Susan Rosenberg, treasurer, Richfield DFL:  $100

Joe McCabe, treasurer, Watonwan County DFL:  $100

Sander Grotjohn, treasurer, MFT-Greenway Local 1330 Cope Fund:  $50

       James Meffert-Nelson, treasurer, Minnesota Optometric Political Action Committee:  $500

 

·            Report of Receipts and Expenditures due January 31, 2003

 

Jim Berg, candidate, Jim Berg Volunteer Committee (Senate):  $35

Jim Berg, candidate, Jim Berg Volunteer Committee (House):  $35

Steven Hawn, treasurer, (Randy) Kelly for Senate Volunteer Committee:  $100

Lyle Koenen, candidate (Lyle) Koenen Volunteer Committee:  $20

Justin Krych, candidate, Minnesotans for (Justin) Krych:  $20

 

Peter Masterson, treasurer, Craig Miller Volunteer Committee:  $35

Lax Sundae, candidate, Lax Sundae for State Representative:  $5

Ted Thompson, candidate, People for Ted Thompson:  $100

Tom Workman, candidate, Tom Workman Volunteer Committee:  $25

Steve Braa, treasurer, Senate District 61 RPM:  $5

Robin Madsen, treasurer, AFSCME Council 14 PEOPLE Fund:  $20

Charles Witt, treasurer, Iron Workers Local 512:  $15

Sander Grotjohn, treasurer, MFT-Greenway Local 1330 Cope Fund:  $50

 

·            Lobbyist Disbursement Report due July 15, 2002

 

Kim Carlson, Bituminous Roadways:  $30 (balance $70)

Richard G. Nelson, Minnesota Vikings Football Club:  $100

 

·            Lobbyist Disbursement Report due January 15, 2003

 

Timothy J. Keane, Clare Housing, Inc:  $10

Joseph E. Olson, Gun Owners Civil Rights Alliance:  $35

David Nitti, United Teachers of South Washington County:  $90

 

·            Original Statement of Economic Interest

 

Mark Holsten, Deputy Commissioner, Department of Natural Resources:  $30

 

Payment of Civil Fines

 

·            Conciliation Agreement

 

Erick Harper, candidate, (Erick) Harper for Senate - On February 4, 2003, Gay Rupp, treasurer of the Harper for Senate committee notified the Board that the committee inadvertently accepted aggregate contributions totaling $5,416.11 from committees of the Republican Party of Minnesota and terminating principal campaign committees.  The total amount of these contributions exceeded by $416.11 the applicable contribution limit.  Mr. Harper entered into a conciliation agreement on March 10, 2003, and paid a civil fine of $416.11.

 

 

 

·            Civil fine for late filing of Report of Receipts and Expenditures due October 28, 2002

 

James Meffert-Nelson, treasurer, Minnesota Optometric Political Action Committee:  $1,000

 

State Elections Campaign Fund

 

·            Terminated committee

 

Leo Brisbois, candidate, Leo Brisbois for Representative (38B) Volunteer Committee:  $125

 

Erika Sitz, treasurer, (Maria) King Campaign Committee:  $1,341.91

Dawn Marks, candidate, (Dawn) Marks Election Committee:  $281.10

Mari Pokornowski, candidate, People for (Mari) Pokornowski (Senate):  $121.27

Tim Commers, treasurer, Minnesota Life Committee:  $209.65

 

·            Anonymous Contribution

 

Susan Keiffer, treasurer, Chris Gerlach Volunteer Committee:  $198.42

Bonnie Frielund, treasurer, Minnesota Power PAC:  $151.96

 

Return of Excess Public Subsidy

 

Donald Empson, treasurer, (Kathleen) Vadnais for 52B:  $71.27

 

Financial statement and agency deposits - Mr. Sigurdson submitted reports covering July 2002 through March 2003. 

 

LEGAL COUNSEL'S REPORT

 

Counsel Huwe presented the legal counsel report outlining the status of cases that have been turned over to the Attorney General's office (see copy of memo attached).  

 

Counsel Huwe reported that the brief in preparation for a summary judgment motion in the Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life, et al. v. Kelley, et al. case is due May 1st. 

 

REPORT FROM EXECUTIVE SESSION

 

In the matter of the complaint against Friends of (Satveer) Chaudhary Committee (House Committee) and the Chaudhary (Satveer) for Senate Committee (Senate Committee) – The Board issued findings showing that there is no probable cause to believe that the committees failed to disclose certain contributions and expenditures on the Report of Receipts and Expenditures and that there is probable cause to believe that altered checks were delivered by then Representative Chaudhary to the (Steve) Novak for Congress committee.  Although altering checks may, under some circumstances, violate Minnesota law, such a violation would not be subject to the Board's jurisdiction under Chapter 10A.  The Board's executive director shall refer this matter to the Ramsey  County Attorney for review.  The Board ordered that the findings and the record of the investigation be made a part of the public records of the Board (see copy of findings attached).

 

In the matter of the investigation regarding the (Anthony) Cornish Volunteer Committee – The Board issued findings showing that there is probable cause to believe that the (Anthony) Cornish Volunteer Committee violated Minn. Stat. §10A.273 by accepting a contribution from a registered political fund during the regular session of the legislature in 2002 and imposed a civil fine of $500.  The Board ordered that the findings and the record of the investigation be made a part of the public records of the Board (see copy of findings attached).

 

In the matter of the investigation regarding the Lyall Delaney Volunteer Committee – The Board issued findings showing that there is probable cause to believe that the Lyall Delaney Volunteer Committee violated Minn. Stat. §10A.273 by accepting a contribution from a registered political fund during the regular session of the legislature in 2002 and imposed a civil fine of $500.  The Board ordered that the findings and the record of the investigation be made a part of the public records of the Board (see copy of findings attached).

 

In the matter of the investigation regarding the St. Croix Valley Central Labor Union – The Board issued findings showing that there is probable cause to believe that the St. Croix Valley Central Labor Union violated Minn. Stat. §10A.17, subd. 4, by sending out a flyer on behalf of a candidate without the proper independent expenditure disclaimer.  Having no evidence that the treasurer knowingly violated Minn. Stat. §10A.17, subd. 4, the Board imposes no penalty.  The Board cautions the St. Croix Valley Central Labor Union that it should now be aware of all statutory provisions related to independent expenditures.  The Board ordered that the findings and the record of the investigation be made a part of the public records of the Board (see copy of findings attached).

 

In the matter of the investigation regarding the Leo Brisbois for Representative 38B Volunteer Committee – The Board issued findings showing that there is probable cause to believe that the Leo Brisbois for Representative 38B Volunteer Committee violated Minn. Stat. §10A.27, subd. 9(d), when it gave a $125 contribution to a candidate seeking office in a political subdivision.  The contribution having been returned, there is no probable cause to believe a violation continues to exist.  The Board ordered that the findings and the record of the investigation be made a part of the public records of the Board (see copy of findings attached).

 

In the matter of the investigation regarding the (Kristin) Meyer for Senate Committee – The Board issued findings showing that there is probable cause to believe that the (Kristin) Meyer for Senate Committee violated Minn. Stat. §10A.27, subd. 9(a), when it made a contribution to another principal campaign committee.  At the time this contribution was made, Minnesota Statutes, Chapter 10A provided no penalty for this violation.  The contribution was returned to the donating committee.  The Board ordered that the findings and the record of the investigation be made a part of the public records of the Board (see copy of findings attached).

 

In the matter of the investigation regarding the Bret Walsh Committee – The Board issued findings showing that there is probable cause to believe that the Friends of Bret Walsh Committee accepted a $500 contribution from a candidate for political subdivision office in another state.  Minnesota Statutes, Chapter 10A provides no penalty for this violation.  The Board ordered Mr. Walsh to return the contribution to the contributor.  The Board ordered that the findings and the record of the investigation be made a part of the public records of the Board (see copy of findings attached).

 

ADJOURNMENT

 

Meeting adjourned.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

 

 

Jeanne Olson

Executive Director

 

 

 

 

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