STATE OF MINNESOTA

CAMPAIGN FINANCE AND PUBLIC DISCLOSURE BOARD

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Wednesday, April 28, 2004

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Blazing Star Conference Room

Ground Level, Centennial Office Building

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MINUTES

 

Meeting was called to order by Chair Fluegel.

 

Members present:  Ashmore, Bettermann, Boyd, Fluegel, Milbert, Miller

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

 

MINUTES  (February 25, 2004)

 

Mr. Miller's MOTION:                        To approve the February 25, 2004, minutes as drafted.

 

Vote on MOTION:       Unanimously passed by five members (Ashmore absent).

 

CHAIR'S REPORT

 

·            Board Appointments

 

Chair Fluegel welcomed Hilda Bettermann and Felicia Boyd.  The Governor appointed Ms. Bettermann to the position formerly held by Ms. Pauly and Ms. Boyd to the position formerly held by Mr. Kelley.  Both appointments were effective April 7, 2004.

 

Ms. Olson reported that the House confirmed the appointments of Ms. Bettermann and Ms. Boyd on April 23rd.  The Senate Elections Committee will schedule a hearing for the second week in May to hear the appointments.  The Senate must confirm the appointments before adjournment sine die or the appointments will need to again go through the Open Appointment process.

 

·            Board Meeting Schedule

 

Next meeting is scheduled for May 26, 2004.

 

·            Resolutions

 

Chair Fluegel's MOTION:            Resolved, that the Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board recognizes Douglas Kelley for his service from 2000 to 2004 as a member of the Board and offers this resolution in appreciation for his investment of time and energy in support of the mission and objectives of the Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board.

 

Vote on MOTION:            Unanimously passed by five members (Ashmore absent).

 

Mr. Miller's MOTION:                        Resolved, that the Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board recognizes Sidney Pauly for her service from 1996 to 2004 as a member of the Board and offers this resolution in appreciation for her investment of time and energy in support of the mission and objectives of the Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board.

                       

Vote on MOTION:            Unanimously passed by five members (Ashmore absent).                                               

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR'S REPORT

 

Ms. Olson submitted the following written report:

 

·            Staff Activities

 

On March 11th Mr. Sigurdson and Ms. Olson met with the political science club at the University of St. Thomas.  They discussed the Board and its functions and campaign finance issues.

 

On March 12th, Mr. Sigurdson presented information about lobbying, the gift ban, and campaign finance to a University of Minnesota Graduate School of Public Health class, Legislative Advocacy Skills for Public Health. 

 

Annual Reports of Lobbyist Principals and principal fees were due March 15th.  Lobbyist principals have paid fees totaling $118,500.  As of April 26th, $1,150 remains to be paid. 

 

A copy of Lobbyist Principal Expenditures 2003, a summary of Principal's expenditures with a news release issued on Thursday, April 15th, was available for members. 

 

On March 16th Ms. Olson met with a group of about 40 citizens in Southwest Minneapolis called “BOB" (getting to the Bottom Of the Ballot).  They discussed the Board and its role in campaign finance. Senator John Marty and Professor David Schultz also shared their thoughts on Minnesota's campaign finance provisions. 

 

On April 2nd Ms. Olson presented information to a Minnesota Law School class, The Legislative Process.  They met at the Capitol and discussed lobbyist registration and reporting as well as gift ban provisions.  Joe O'Neill is the class professor.

 

On April 26th and 27th Mr. Sigurdson was in Des Moines, IA, to attend the annual Heartland Conference of Council on Governmental Ethics Laws (COGEL) members. He was on a panel to present information to the group about the lawsuit brought against the Board by the MCCL.

 

·         Legislation

 

Legislation requiring the Board to enforce the provisions of Minn. Stat. chapter's 211A, 211B, and 383B is in the House Omnibus State Government Finance bill with funding as requested.  The provision is not in the Senate Omnibus State Government Finance bill so the legislature will decide this issue in conference committee.  The Office of Administrative Hearings has proposed to do the work required under the new legislation and has provided the legislature with an outline of their suggested processes and costs. 

 

The House Omnibus State Government Finance bill deletes the language that provides that $1,500,000 is deposited each election year into the General Account of the State Elections Campaign Fund from the General Fund of the State.  The $1,500,000 appropriation was part of the 1993/94 campaign finance reforms.

 

The House Omnibus State Government Finance bill also requires the Board to give specific notice to a complainant and on the Board's website whenever a decision is made to extend a deadline to issue findings or an advisory opinion.

 

Senate File 931, which contains most of the Board's 2003 legislative recommendations, was amended by the Senate and is now waiting to be heard on the House floor. 

 

No further legislative hearings are scheduled to discuss the Board's Fee Study. 

 

·         Personnel

 

The Board's receptionist, Christine Eliasson, resigned effective March 26th to accept a position with Minnesota State Retirement System, which allows her to work flextime.  Marcia Waller will begin employment in that position on Monday, May 3rd.

 

Xiaowei Cao, one of the Board's information systems specialists, resigned effective April 16th to accept a higher-level position with the Department of Public Safety.  Interviews are scheduled to begin Thursday, April 28th with candidates to fill this position.

 

 

 

·         Miscellaneous

 

The annual COGEL conference is scheduled for December 5th through 8th in San Francisco, CA.  In past years, two Board members and two staff members have attended.  Currently there is a general ban on out-state travel; however, the Board chair, or Ms. Olson as the agency head, may determine that the state will benefit from Board or staff member attendance at the conference.  Because it is the only subject matter training available, attendance has been approved in the past.  Ms. Olson will personally pay for her airfare to attend and, pending Board approval, will charge the state for the registration fee, food, and lodging. Members may wish to decide to authorize funds for additional individuals to attend the conference.  The Senate Omnibus State Government Finance bill is proposing a stricter travel ban.  If the bill passes, Ms. Olson will inform members of the final language and how it applies to Board and staff travel. 

 

Chair Fluegel's MOTION:            To authorize funding for Ms. Olson to attend the Council on Governmental Ethics Laws annual conference December 5th – 8th subject to legislative change on state employee travel.

 

Vote on MOTION:            Unanimously passed.

 

Enforcement Report

 

Board Action:            Authorization for referral to the Office of the Attorney General for failure to file the Report of Receipts and Expenditures due February 2, 2004, and imposition of a civil penalty.   Two certified letters have been sent to each individual and staff attempted to contact each committee by telephone.  A late filing fee of $5 per business day began to accrue on February 24, 2004, and civil penalties began to be assessed on a weekly basis on March 12, 2004, 

 

                                    Kerri Allen, Neighbors for (Kerri) Allen

                                    Maureen Anderson, (Maureen) Anderson Volunteer Committee

                                    Jim Berry, Neighbors for (Jim) Berry

                                    Brian Biele, Elect Brian T. Biele Committee

                                    Mark Borsheim, (Mark) Borsheim for Representative

Sherrie Breedlove, Sherrie Breedlove Volunteer Committee

Tim Davis, Timothy A. Davis Sr. Volunteer Committee

Ray Egan, Ray Egan for Senate

Roman Fraulini, (Roman) Fraulini Volunteer Committee

Troy Haefner, (Troy) Haefner for Senate

Chad Hobot, Friends of Chad Hobot

Joel Holstad, Committee to Elect Joel Holstad

Gary Laidig, (Gary) Laidig Volunteer Committee

Sarah Lewerenz, (Sarah) Lewerenz Volunteer Committee

Todd Lindquist, Friends of Todd Lindquist

Larry Lownie, Friends of Larry Lownie

Timothy Manthey, (Timothy) Manthey for Senate

Steven Morse, Senator (Steven) Morse Volunteer Committee

Eric Pone, Eric Pone Volunteer Committee

Phil Rattè, (Phil) Rattè for State Representative

Darryl Spence, Darryl Spence for State Representative

Lisa Tarasar, Friends of Lisa Tarasar

Kevin Trainor, Taxpayers for (Kevin) Trainor

Ray Wheeler, Ray Wheeler Volunteer Committee

Elizabeth Wielinski, 59th Senate District DFL

Phil Moen, Lincoln County DFL

Paul Mock, Citizens for Effective Leadership

Sally Morrison, Leech Lake PAC

Matthea Little Smith, Minnesota Black Political Action Committee

Brian Biele, Working Families Coalition

 

Board Action:            Authorization for referral to the Office of the Attorney General for failure to pay the principal fee due March 15, 2004, and imposition of a civil penalty.  Two certified letters have been sent to each individual.  A late filing fee of $5 per business day began to accrue on April 5, 2004, and civil penalties will begin to be assessed on a weekly basis on May 3, 2004. 

 

                                    Advanced Drainage Systems

Leech Lake Reservation Business Community

Let Minnesota Vote

Libertarian Party of Minnesota

Living Benefits Financial Services

Local Public Health Association of Minnesota

Lyndale West Partners, LLC

Minnesota Independent Auto Glass Association

Minnesota School Counselors Association

Motorola, Inc (LMPS/RNSG)

Multi- Gaming Management, Inc

National Benefits, Inc

Pimicikamak Cree Nation

Pleasuredome Resorts, Inc

Public Interverners Network

Society of Glass and Ceramic Decorators

Taking A Stand Kollectively – TASK

United Teachers of South Washington County

Westfield Concession Management, Inc

 

Board Action:            Authorization for referral to the Office of the Attorney General for failure to file the Annual Report of Lobbyist Principal due March 15, 2004, and imposition of a civil penalty.  Two certified letters have been to each individual.  A late filing fee of $5 per business day began to accrue on April 5, 2004, and civil penalties will begin to be assessed on a weekly basis on May 3, 2004.   

 

                                    Advanced Drainage Systems

American Utilities Management

Leech Lake Reservation Business Community

Let Minnesota Vote

Libertarian Party of Minnesota

Living Benefits Financial Services

Lyndale West Partners, LLC

Middle Management Association

Minnesota Aquaculture Association

Minnesota Mechanical Contractors Association

Minnesota Self-Insurers Association

Minneapolis Public Schools

Multi-Gaming Management, Inc

Pleasuredome Resorts, Inc

Public Interveners Network

Safe Place for Newborns

Taking A Stand Kollectively – TASK

Trans Link Development Co

US Link, Inc

Virginia Firefighters Local 390

Westfield Concession Management, Inc

 

Mr. Miller's MOTION:                        To authorize the actions specified in the consent matters.

 

Vote on MOTION:            Unanimously passed.

 

                        Discussion Items

 

Request for waiver of late filing fees, civil penalties, and fees

 

·                     Report of Receipts and Expenditures due February 2, 2004

 

Dale Swapinski, candidate, Citizens for Dale Swapinski, $50 – Report of Receipts and Expenditures was received in the Board office on March 9, 2004.  In his waiver request, Mr. Swapinski stated that he has been out of town for over five months in the past calendar year.  Mr. Swapinski has filed the forms to terminate his committee.  No motion was made.

 

Duane Reed, candidate, Committee to Elect Duane K. Reed, $80 – Report of Receipts and Expenditures was received in the Board office on March 17, 2004.  In his waiver request, Mr. Reed stated that he had no funds in his account on December 31, 2002, and he was unaware that he was required to file a report for 2003. Mr. Reed has filed the forms to terminate his committee.  No motion was made. 

 

Christopher Shoff, chair, 27th Senate District DFL, $100 – Report of Receipts and Expenditures was received in the Board office on March 24, 2004.  In his waiver request, Mr. Shoff stated that the party unit's records were kept with the treasurer who recently passed away. 

 

 

 

Ms. Ashmore's MOTION:            To approve Mr. Shoff's request to waive the $100 late filing fee due to extenuating circumstances.

 

Vote on MOTION:            Unanimously passed.

 

·                     Lobbyist fee due January 15, 2004

 

John Smullen, United Transportation Union, $100 late filing fee, $100 civil penalty - The $50 lobbyist fee was received in the Board office on March 12, 2004.   Henrietta Jelinek, secretary, with the United Transportation Union, submitted a waiver request on behalf of Mr. Smullen and stated that the fee was not timely paid due to an oversight.  No motion was made.

 

Curtis M. Walker, Minnesota Golf Course Owners Association, $100 late filing fee - The $50 lobbyist fee was received in the Board office on March 5, 2004.  Mr. Walker stated that he has not been active for several years, and indicated the he will be terminating his registration as a lobbyist.  No motion was made.

 

Sandra Hofstetter, AT&T Corporation,  $100 late filing fee, $200 in civil penalties - The $50 lobbyist fee was received in the Board office on March 26, 2004. In her waiver request Ms. Hofstetter stated that her previous employer, AT&T, forwarded the letter from the Office of the Attorney General to her and it was the first notice she received telling her that a fee was due.  Ms. Hofstetter stated “I retired from AT&T on December 18, 2003, and am now doing contract work for AT&T.  I was unaware of the need to continue to register and pay this fee."

 

Mr. Milbert's MOTION:            To: 1) direct staff to request more information from Ms. Hofstetter, and 2) to lay this matter over to the next meeting.

 

Vote on MOTION:            Unanimously passed.

 

Dan Hardy, Mortgage Bankers Association of Minnesota, $100 late filing fee, $200 in civil penalties - The $50 lobbyist fee was received in the Board office on March 24, 2004.  In his waiver request Mr. Hardy stated that he left employment of the Mortgage Bankers Association of Minnesota in March 2003 and has not lobbied since.  

 

Ms. Ashmore's MOTION:            To approve Mr. Hardy's request to waive the $200 civil penalty and impose the $100 late filing fee.

 

Vote on MOTION:            Unanimously passed.

 

·                     Lobbyist Disbursement Report and lobbyist fee due January 15, 2004

 

Michael Yang, Urban Coalition, $100 late filing fee - Lobbyist Disbursement Report was received in the Board office on March 8, 2004.  Mr. Yang has not paid his $50 lobbyist fee.  In his request Mr. Yang stated that his employment with the Urban Coalition was terminated on December 17, 2003, and that all notices were sent to his former employer.  Mr. Yang stated that he never received a notice.  Mr. Yang was the sole lobbyist for the Urban Coalition and he has terminated his lobbyist registration.  Mr. Yang is further requesting that the Urban Coalition be deemed liable for his lobbyist fees.  No motion was made.

 

Andrew Seitel, Minnesota Comprehensive Health Association, $100 late fee, $300 in civil penalties - Lobbyist Disbursement Report and a Statement of Termination were received in the Board office on March 31, 2004.  Mr. Seitel did not pay his $50 lobbyist fee.  In his waiver request, Mr. Seitel stated that he has not lobbied since February 2003, when he left employment due to a disability.  Mr. Seitel stated that in the summer of 2003 he verbally informed Board staff of his desire to terminate his registration and he believed he completed a termination statement at that time.  Board records do not indicate that a termination statement was received.  Mr. Seitel has since terminated and is requesting that the $50 fee, the late filing fees and the civil penalties be waived. 

 

Ms. Ashmore's MOTION:            To approve Mr. Seitel's request to waive the $300 civil penalty and impose the $100 late filing fee and the $50 lobbyist fee.

 

Vote on MOTION:            Unanimously passed.

 

Request for an extension to amend the Report of Receipts and Expenditures

 

Phil Heir, treasurer, Phil Heir for Senate – The Report of Receipts and Expenditures for the Phil Heir for Senate committee covering the period January 1 through December 31, 2003, disclosed a negative ending cash balance of $1,646.55.  Board staff requested that Mr. Heir provide an explanation for the negative ending cash balance by April 2, 2004.  Mr. Heir is requesting an extension to respond until May 15, 2004, because his treasurer is unavailable and he is familiarizing himself with the Finance 2002 software program.

 

Mr. Milbert's MOTION:            To approve Mr. Heir's request to extend the deadline for amending the Report of Receipts and Expenditures to May 15, 2004.

 

Vote on MOTION:            Unanimously passed.

 

Evan Brennan, assistant to treasurer, Schwan's Political Action Committee - The Report of Receipts and Expenditures for Schwan's Political Action Committee covering the period January 1 through December 31, 2003, disclosed a cash balance discrepancy.  Board staff requested an explanation for the cash balance discrepancy by April 23, 2004. Mr. Brennan is requesting an extension to respond until May 7, 2004, because he has discovered a need to amend the committee's 2002 report as well.

 

Ms. Ashmore's MOTION:            To approve Mr. Brennan's request to extend the deadline for amending the Report of Receipts and Expenditures to May 7, 2004.

 

Vote on MOTION:            Unanimously passed.

 

Informational Items

 

Payment of late filing fees

 

·            Report of Receipts and Expenditures due January 31, 2001

 

            Lisa Tarasar, candidate, Friends of Lisa Tarasar:  $100 (Revenue Recapture)

 

·            Report of Receipts and Expenditures due October 21, 2002

 

Sheree Breedlove, candidate, Sheree Breedlove Volunteer Committee:  $22

(Revenue Recapture, Balance = $0 for this fee, Ms. Breedlove has other fees and penalties that remain outstanding)

 

Mike Fitzpatrick, treasurer, 17B House District RPM (Benton County RPM):  $210

 

·            Report of Receipts and Expenditures due February 2, 2004

 

Eric Dammer, candidate, Citizens to Elect Eric Dammer:  $25

Ron Dicklich, candidate, (Ronald) Dicklich for Senate:  $80

Jan Carroll, treasurer, (Mark) Gleason for State Auditor:  $20

Andrew Koebrick, candidate, Andrew S. Koebrick for Secretary of State:  $20

John Krenik, candidate, John Krenik Volunteer Committee:  $10

Tom Menke, candidate, Friends of Thomas Menke:  $5

Darrell Mosel, candidate, Darrell Mosel Volunteer Committee:  $30

Mark Babcock, treasurer, Elect Bonnie Jean Smith:  $45

Donald Waller, candidate, Donald D. Waller Election Committee: $15

Dale Wilkinson, candidate, (Dale Wilkinson) Guarding Rights Auditing State Systems:  $10

 

Donald Halverson, treasurer, Clearwater County RPM:  $65

Dale Wilkinson, chair, Grassroots Party:  $10

William McDonald, treasurer, Hennepin County Probation and Parole Officers Union:  $10

 

Kaye Rakow, treasurer, NAIOP Economic Growth Fund:  $30

William Babekuhl, treasurer, St. Paul Firefighters Local 21: $95

 

·            Lobbyist Disbursement Report due January 15, 2003

 

Edwin Cain, City of Stillwater:  $10

Edwin Cain, IndiVisual Learning Center:  $10

Edwin Cain, Middle St. Croix Watershed Organization:  $10

Edwin Cain, Short, Elliot, Hendrickson:  $10

 

·            Lobbyist Disbursement Report due January 15, 2004

 

Edwin Cain, Middle St. Croix Watershed Organization:  $35

Mary Crozier-Sauer, Children's Home Society of Minnesota: $30

Diane Jensen, The Minnesota Project:  $5

Robert Ryan, PrimeWest Joint Powers Board:  $15

 

·            Lobbyist fee due January 15, 2004

 

Jill Kielblock, AFSCME 14:  $45

Nola Lynch, AFSCME 14:  $45

Robert Siegal, AFSCME 14:  $55

John Benske, AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals:  $65

Peter Bachman, Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy:  $60

Sarah Eppard, North Metro Mayors Association:  $100

Curt Milburn, Phalen Corridor:  $60

Mark Andrews, UTSWC:  $100

Patti Diamond, UTSWC:  $100

 

·            Annual Report of Lobbyist Principal due March 15, 2004

 

Anderson Corporation:  $30

Association of Minnesota Counties:  $70

Comcast:  $15

Eden Prairie Education Association:  $20

Fish and Wildlife Legislative Alliance:  $30

Minnesota Chiefs of Police Association:  $35

Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild:  $20

Minnesota Dental Association:  $40

Minnesota Transmission Owners:  $15

NBI/OHS, Inc.:  $20

Parents United — Public School Advocacy Network:  $70

Women's Health Center of Duluth:  $20

 

·            Lobbyist principal fee due March 15, 2004

 

Anderson Corporation:  $30

Artspace Projects, Inc.:  $20

Association of Minnesota Counties:  $70

Berkley Risk Administrators:  $25

Comcast:  $5

Communication Workers of America 7214:  $20

Eastside Neighborhood Development Company:  $40

Minnesota Association for Children's Mental Health:  $30

Minnesota Chiefs of Police Association:  $35

Minnesota Council on Crime and Justice:  $15

Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild:  $20

Minnesota Dental Association:  $40

Minnesota Psychiatric Society:  $25

North Memorial:  $25

Save Our Schools:  $70

 

·            Original Statement of Economic Interest

 

Robert Eleff, House Research:  $20

Keith Payden, Department of Administration:  $100

Michael Rainville, Metropolitan Parks and Open Space Commission: $70

 

Payment of service of process fees

 

Sheree Breedlove, candidate, Sheree Breedlove Volunteer Committee:  $33

(Revenue Recapture, Balance=$0 for this fee, Ms. Breedlove has other fees and penalties outstanding.)

 

Lisa Tarasar, candidate, Friends of Lisa Tarasar:  $44 (Revenue Recapture)

 

Payment of civil penalties

 

·            Report of Receipts and Expenditures due October 21, 2002

 

Sheree Breedlove, candidate, Sheree Breedlove Volunteer Committee, $547 (Revenue Recapture, Balance=$453 for this fee, Ms. Breedlove has other fees and penalties outstanding.)

 

·            Lobbyist fee due January 15, 2004

 

Sarah Eppard, North Metro Mayors Association: $200

 

·            Conciliation Agreements

 

Torrey Westrom, candidate, (Torrey) Westrom for State Representative, $4 – During calendar year 2003, the Westrom for State Representative committee accepted contributions from special source contributors totaling $1,200.  The total amount of these contributions exceeded by $4 the applicable non-election year limit.  Mr. Westrom returned $4 to contributors and entered into a conciliation agreement on March 5, 2004, and paid a civil fine of $4.

 

                        Satveer Chaudhary, candidate, (Satveer) Chaudhary for Senate, $250 – During calendar year 2002, the Chaudhary for Senate Committee accepted two contributions from a political committee, which in aggregate totaled $750.  The total amount of these contributions exceeded by $250 the applicable election year limit.  Mr. Chaudhary returned $250 to the contributor and entered into a conciliation agreement on January 29, 2004, and paid a civil fine of $250.

 

 

Execution of Conciliation Agreement

 

Carla Nelson,  (Carla) Nelson Volunteer Committee - During 2003, the Nelson Volunteer Committee accepted contributions from special source contributors totaling $1,101.  The total amount of these contributions exceeded by $5 the applicable non-election year limit on aggregate contributions from special sources.  Ms. Nelson returned $5 to a contributor and entered into a conciliation agreement on March 7, 2004, and will forward a copy of the accompanying letter returning the excess contribution.   

 

General Fund of State Elections Campaign Fund Upon Termination of Committee

 

David Bishop, candidate, Dave Bishop Volunteer Committee:  $1,200

 

Financial statement and agency deposits - Mr. Sigurdson submitted a report covering July 1, 2003, through March 31, 2004.

 

ADVISORY OPINION REQUESTS

 

The following advisory opinion requests are nonpublic data

 

Advisory Opinion Request #356 - Fundraising and Expenditures by a Political Party Unit

 

Board members reviewed a draft advisory opinion in response to a letter from a representative of a political party unit who would like to establish a fundraising effort to support the recruiting, training, and election of women to the House of Representatives and asked several questions about establishing a committee, fundraising, and reporting.

 

Ms. Boyd's MOTION:                        To approve Advisory Opinion 356 as drafted.           

 

Vote on MOTION:       Unanimously passed.

 

SUMMARY: ADVISORY OPINION #356 signed by Chair Wil Fluegel, April 29, 2004:  A political party unit may raise and spend funds for women candidates as a group providing the fundraising does not refer to a specific candidate and the contributions and expenditures are properly reported to the Board.  

 

Advisory Opinion Request #357 – Compensation for Staff Services – In Kind Donation to Pay for Living Expenses of Staff

 

Board members reviewed a letter from a candidate for state office who asked for guidance on the proper procedures to pay staff members who are also employed by a political party unit.

 

Mr. Miller's MOTION:                        To lay the matter over to the next Board meeting.           

 

Vote on MOTION:       Unanimously passed.

 

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. 

 

REPORT FROM EXECUTIVE SESSION

 

Findings in the Matter of the Complaint Regarding St. Paul Mayor Randy Kelly, St. Paul City Council Members Lee Helgen and Debbie Montgomery, and the Minnesota Wild - The Board issued findings to show that there is no probable cause to believe that either Rose-Wild or Minnesota Hockey Ventures Group were lobbyist principals in 2004 when an offer to facilitate the purchase of tickets to a hockey game was made.  Because Rose-Wild and Minnesota Hockey Ventures Group were not lobbyist principals there is no probable cause to believe Mayor Kelly or Council members Helgen or Montgomery violated Minn. Stat. §10A.071 by accepting the offer.  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).

 

Findings in the Matter of the Complaint Regarding Citizens Against Gambling Expansion - The Board issued findings to show that advocating for a position for a party platform is not a form of lobbying as defined by Minnesota Rules 4511.0100, subp. 3, and thus there is no probable cause to believe that Citizens Against Gambling Expansion meets the definition of a lobbyist principal. 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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