STATE OF MINNESOTA

CAMPAIGN FINANCE AND PUBLIC DISCLOSURE BOARD

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Tuesday, August 8, 2000

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Crow Wing Conference Room, Department of Employee Relations

Second Floor, Centennial Office Building

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MINUTES

Meeting was called to order by Chair Pauly.

Members present: Chase, Fluegel, Kelley, Pauly

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

Mr. Roggenbauer informed Board staff he would be unable to attend the meeting.

MINUTES (April 11, 2000)

Ms. Chase’s MOTION: To approve the April 11, 2000, minutes as drafted.

Vote on MOTION: Unanimously passed.

CHAIR'S REPORT

Board Meeting Schedule

Next meeting is scheduled for September 19, 2000, at 10 a.m.

Board Appointments

Chair Pauly welcomed new Board member Doug Kelley and reappointed member Shirley Chase. The Governor appointed Mr. Kelley to replace Tom Heffelfinger effective April 18, 2000. The Governor reappointed Ms. Chase and Donald Roggenbauer. Both reappointments were effective July 14, 2000.

Nominating Committee Report

Chair Pauly reported that the nominating committee recommends the following slate of officers: for fiscal year 2001, Chair, Will Fluegel and Vice Chair, Shirley Chase.

Mr. Kelley’s MOTION: To accept the report of the Nominating Committee and declare the election of Mr. Fluegel, Chair and Ms. Chase, Vice Chair.

 

Vote on MOTION: Unanimously passed.

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR'S REPORT

Ms. Olson submitted the following written report:

Staff Activities

May 11 – Ms. Olson served on the faculty of a MILE Continuing Legal Education program on Campaign Finance and Lobbying.

June 11 and 12 – Ms. Olson attended a Council on Governmental Ethics Laws (COGEL) mid-year Steering Committee Meeting in Tampa.

Staff continues to conduct campaign finance training classes for the 2000 election year. Between March 30 and June 24, over 140 individuals from principal campaign committees, political committees, political funds, and political party units attended compliance training. Training sessions for use of the Board’s software were offered seven times with more than 50 clients attending. Report completion training sessions are being offered seven times between July 25 and August 17. Additional report completion training sessions will be held in October and one more software training session has been scheduled due to client requests.

The Request For Proposal for the campaign finance software upgrade was printed in the June 26 State Register. About 50 vendors requested copies of the design document. Proposals are due by August 18; staff will review proposals and select a vendor after that date.

Mr. Sigurdson and Ms. Olson met twice with representatives from the Department of Revenue in an effort to develop ways to make it easier for people to file for political contribution refunds and receive refunds in a more timely manner.

July 26 – 28 – Ms. Olson was in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada for a conference of Canadian Election Officials. She attended the conference as the president of COGEL.

August 4 – Ms. Olson served on the faculty of a MILE Continuing Legal Education program on Judicial Campaign Finance Law and Ethics.

The Department of Revenue provided the Board with the annual report of Political

Contribution Refunds made in 1999. The report is available from the Board office and on the Board’s web site.

 

Electronic Activity

Staff set up a client use computer in the public area of the Board office. Additional stations will be added as resources permit.

The Board’s website now includes a:

list of all legislative candidates who filed an affidavit of candidacy for 2000, with direct links to the candidate’s committee information and economic interest disclosure,

link to the Federal Election Commission data on Minnesota federal candidates, and

link to the Secretary of State’s Office, Election Division.

Personnel

Mr. Sigurdson reviewed the performance Tom Thao. Mr. Thao’s performance exceeds expectations and he was awarded an Achievement Award under the terms of the MAPE contract.

Neal Callanan, a student at the University of Minnesota, was an intern in the Board office from April 11 to May 25. Mr. Callanan developed a prototype and template for documenting the procedures that staff uses for registration and reporting by lobbyists and public officials as well as for creating documents for and updating the Board website. As time permits, staff will use the template to document procedures in other programs.

Jacob Cassady, a student at Gustavus Adolphus College, was an intern in the Board office from June 5 to August 1. Mr. Cassady has a double major in history and political science. His senior thesis topic will be campaign finance reform.

2000 Legislation

Ms. Olson reviewed legislation passed during the 2000 legislative session that impacts Board operations. (See attached memorandum).

Miscellaneous

Copies of the Campaign Finance Summary for 1999 were provided to Board members.

Internet Image Release

An Internet Image Release form was offered for signature to Board members, authorizing staff to publish their image on the Board’s web site for viewing by the public. Pictures will be furnished by the members.

 

Correspondence

Indian Affairs Council - On July 20 staff sent letters to 11 Indian Tribal Chair members of the Indian Affairs Council notifying them of their status as public officials and the requirement to file Statements of Economic Interest. Legislation was proposed during 2000 to remove these individuals from the definition of "public official" but the legislation did not pass.

Board members reviewed a letter from Joseph Day, Executive Director of the Indian affairs Council, requesting that the Board hold any further action on this matter in abeyance until the legislature has a chance to more fully consider whether it intended the state laws in question to be applied in this matter.

Ms. Pauly’s MOTION: Direct staff to write the 11 Indian Tribal Chair members of the Indian Affairs Council informing them that: 1) no further action will be taken in compelling the filing of a Statement of Economic Interest pending the outcome of a possible change in legislation during the 2001 legislative session; and 2) if current legislation is not changed during the 2001 legislative session, the Board will resume attempts to secure the required disclosure.

Vote on MOTION: Unanimously passed.

Richard Aspenwall – Board members reviewed a letter from Richard Aspenwall, a registered lobbyist who represents himself on behalf of "mental health issues" and a draft response to that letter. Mr. Aspenwall registered with the Board in 1990 and has never reported making expenditures. Mr. Aspenwall’s reports are generally late and have accrued late filing fees; some of which have been paid. Mr. Aspenwall requests that lobbyists who have no activities to report be allowed to file on an annual or semi-annual basis.

The Board agreed to certain language changes to the draft response.

Ms. Chase’s MOTION: To approve draft response to Mr. Aspenwall as amended in discussion.

Vote on MOTION: Unanimously passed. (See copy of letter attached).

Workplace Violence Prevention Policy and Plan

The Department of Employee Relations recommends that the agency Workplace Violence Prevention Policy and Plan be reviewed and updated annually to ensure that the plan meets agency needs. A copy of the plan was provided to Board members for their review and reaffirmation.

Ms. Pauly’s MOTION: To approve the Workplace Violence Prevention Policy and Plan as presented.

Vote on MOTION: Unanimously passed.

Affirmative Action Plan

The Board reviewed a draft Affirmative Action Plan for August 1, 2000 to July 31, 2001, based on guidelines provided by the Affirmative Action Program Coordinator, Department of Employee Relations.

Ms. Chase’s MOTION: To approve the Affirmative Action Plan as drafted.

Vote on MOTION: Unanimously passed.

Employee Training and Development Plan

The Department of Employee Relations recommends that the agency Employee Training and Development Plan be reviewed and updated annually to ensure that the plan meets agency needs. A copy of the proposed plan was provided to Board members for their review

Ms. Chase questioned employee contract provisions for staff training and their relationship to the proposed training plan.

Ms. Chase’s MOTION: To direct staff to verify that the proposed Employee Training and Development Plan is compatible with employee contracts and to lay discussion of this matter over to the next Board meeting.

Vote on MOTION: Unanimously passed.

Enforcement Report

Ms. Klingner presented the following enforcement matters for Board action:

Consent Items

Board Action Authorization of a certified letter to compel the filing of an amendment to the 1999 year-end Report of Receipts and Expenditures and subsequent legal enforcement action if the amended report is not filed. A reminder notice was sent to each person and staff attempted to contact them by telephone.

Karen Schultz, treasurer, (Bob) Bambenek for Senate Committee

Scott Anderson, treasurer, (J. A. Sunny) Helbacka Volunteer Committee

Michele Lindquist, treasurer, Friends of Todd Lindquist

Lance Ness, candidate (Lance) Ness Volunteer Committee

Philip Madsen, treasurer, Jesse Ventura for Governor Committee

Steven Busse, treasurer, Dudley Wells Volunteer Committee

Shawn Leighton, treasurer, Mower County DFL

[Editor’s note: The matter of Mower County DFL was resolved on August 10].

Betsy Hodges, treasurer, Progressive Minnesota

Robert Tennessen, treasurer, Gray Plant Mooty Mooty & Bennett Independent PAC

Board Action Authorization of a certified letter for late filing fees, which accrued because of the late filing of a Report of Receipts and Expenditures due January 31, 2000, and subsequent legal enforcement action if the fees are not paid. A reminder notice was sent to each person and staff attempted to contact them by telephone.

William Kain, treasurer, Elect (John) Ellenbecker Committee: $100

Laura Spillane, treasurer, Mike Spillane Volunteer Committee: $100

Board Action Authorization of a certified letter to compel the filing of an amendment to the Registration and Statement of Organization and subsequent legal enforcement action if the amended registration is not filed. A reminder notice was sent to each person and staff attempted to contact them by telephone.

Zinda Allen, treasurer, 13th Senate District RPM

Phil Moen, chair, Lincoln County DFL

Board Action Authorization of a certified letter to compel the filing of an Original Statement of Economic Interest and subsequent legal enforcement action if the statement is not filed. A reminder notice was sent to each person and staff attempted to contact them by telephone.

Carlos Guanche, Board of Physical Therapy

[Editor’s note: Board staff was informed on August 14 that Mr. Guanche resigned from the Board of Physical Therapy ten days following his appointment. No filing is required].

Steve Zachary, State High School League

Board Action Authorization of a certified letter to compel the filing of an amendment to a Statement of Economic Interest and subsequent legal enforcement action if the amended statement is not filed. A reminder notice was sent to each person and staff attempted to contact them by telephone.

Ann Elizabeth Nistler, Minnesota Veterans Home Board

Patrick Thiry, Rural Finance Authority

Board Action Authorization of a certified letter to compel the filing of a Lobbyist Disbursement Report due April 17, 2000, and subsequent legal enforcement action if the report is not filed. A reminder notice was sent to Ms. Munyon and staff has contacted her by telephone.

Sherry Munyon, lobbyist, Minnesota Auto Dealers Association

Board Action Authorization of a certified letter for late filing fees, which accrued because of the late filing of a Lobbyist Disbursement Report due April 17, 2000, and subsequent legal enforcement action if the late fee is not paid. A reminder notice was sent to Mr. Smith and staff attempted to contact him by telephone.

James Smith, lobbyist, West Seventh Community Center: $15

Board Action Authorization of a certified letter to compel the filing of an amendment to the 1997 year-end Report of Receipts and Expenditures and subsequent legal enforcement action if the amended report is not filed. Several reminder notices were sent to Mr. Meier and staff attempted to contact him by telephone.

David Meier, candidate, (David) Meier Volunteer Committee

Ms. Chase’s MOTION: To authorize the actions specified in the consent matters.

Vote on MOTION: Unanimously passed.

Discussion Items

Request for acceptance of a change in beginning cash balance

Wilbert Harri, deputy treasurer, Inter Faculty Organization Lobby Fund (see April 11 minutes) As requested by the Board, Mr. Harri met with staff and provided statements and other documentation back to 1995. After review of the bank records, staff was unable to find the cause of the $1,140.27 cash balance discrepancy.

Ms. Pauly’s MOTION: To accept the Report of Receipts and Expenditures for calendar year 1999, from the Inter Faculty Organization Lobby Fund with a beginning cash balance of $528.85.

Vote on MOTION: Unanimously passed.

Jerry Gilkeson, treasurer, 3rd Congressional District DFL – On the year-end Report of Receipts and Expenditures covering calendar year 1998, the 3rd Congressional District DFL disclosed an ending cash balance of $3,083.86. The 1999 report disclosed a beginning cash balance of $3,803.23. After review of bank records and previous reports, Mr. Gilkeson and staff were unable to find the discrepancy. Mr. Gilkeson states that he believes the problem may have occurred years ago and that it is possible that a check may have never been cashed or was returned and never got reported.

Ms. Pauly’s MOTION: To accept the Report of Receipts and Expenditures for calendar year 1999, from the 3rd Congressional District DFL with a beginning cash balance of $3,803.23.

Vote on MOTION: Unanimously passed.

Request for Board direction for further action for committees that have failed to file their 1999 Report of Receipts and Expenditures.

Kevin Correy, candidate, (Kevin) Correy for Senate – The Correy for Senate committee registered with the Board in July 1996. The Pre-Primary report in 1996, disclosed an ending cash balance of $3,140. This committee has filed no further reports. A judgment was obtained to collect past due reports and late filing fees totaling $643. Minnesota Collections Enterprise returned the case to the Board as they were unable to locate Mr. Correy. All mail sent to Mr. Correy has been returned to the Board office with no forwarding address. It is believed that he has moved to California. The late filing fees are being pursued under Revenue Recapture.

Ms. Chase’s MOTION: To: 1) direct staff to administratively terminate the Correy for Senate committee; 2) discontinue attempts to secure the delinquent reports; and 3) continue to pursue recovery of the late filing fees.

Vote on MOTION: Unanimously passed.

Board members discussed the possibility of subpoenaing the bank records and auditing the Correy for Senate committee. Ms. Pauly suggested that staff investigate the cost of subpoenaing Mr. Correy’s bank records and bring the matter back to the next Board meeting.

Ms. Chase’s AMENDED MOTION: To direct staff to investigate the cost of subpoenaing the Correy for Senate committee’s bank records and to lay the matter over to the next Board meeting

Vote on MOTION: Unanimously passed.

Connie Janssen, candidate, (Connie) Janssen Volunteer Committee – The Janssen Volunteer Committee registered with the Board in 1995. The committee filed two reports, the 1995 year-end Report of Receipts and Expenditures and the 1996 Pre-Primary report, which disclosed an ending cash balance of $22.38. A judgment was obtained to collect past due reports and late filing fees totaling $812.05. Minnesota Collection Enterprise returned the case to the Board as no assets were found. The late filing fees are being pursued under Revenue Recapture. Mail sent to the Janssen Volunteer Committee has been returned to the Board office as unclaimed.

Mr. Kelley’s MOTION: To: 1) direct staff to administratively terminate the Janssen Volunteer Committee; 2) discontinue attempts to secure the delinquent reports; and 3) continue to pursue recovery of the late filing fees.

Vote on MOTION: Unanimously passed.

Mike Schultz, candidate, (Mike) Schultz Volunteer Committee – The Schultz Volunteer Committee registered with the Board in September 1996. The committee filed two reports, the 1996 Pre-Primary and Pre-General, which disclosed an ending cash balance of $2,231.99 and a loan of $4,400, which is owed to the candidate. A judgment was obtained to collect past due reports and late filing fees totaling $645. Minnesota Collection Enterprise returned the case to the Board, as they are unable to locate Mr. Schultz. The Department of Revenue is unable to locate a social security number for him. All mail has been returned to the Board office with no forwarding address and the phone number listed, has been disconnected

Ms. Pauly’s MOTION: To: 1) direct staff to administratively terminate the Schultz Volunteer Committee; 2) discontinue attempts to secure the delinquent reports; and 3) continue to pursue recovery of the late filing fees.

Vote on MOTION: Unanimously passed.

Waiver Requests for the late filing of a Report of Receipts and Expenditures, due January 31, 2000

Harold Anderson, treasurer, 10th Ward and Rural Ramsey County DFL, $100 – The Report of Receipts and Expenditures covering the period January 1 through December 31, 1999 due on January 31, 2000, was received in the Board office on May 22, 2000. A late filing fee of $40 was paid in 1994.

Ms. Pauly’s MOTION: To approve Mr. Anderson’s request to waive the $100 late filing fee due to extenuating circumstances.

Vote on MOTION: Unanimously passed.

Philip Heir, candidate, Heir Volunteer Committee, $100 - The Report of Receipts and Expenditures covering the period January 1 through December 31, 1999, due on January 31, 2000, was received in the Board office on April 20, 2000. A late filing fee of $55 was paid in 1998.

Ms. Chase’s MOTION: To approve Mr. Heir’s request to waive the $100 late filing fee due to extenuating circumstances.

Vote on MOTION: Unanimously passed.

Board direction for further action regarding disposition of findings (See April 11 minutes)

Steve Nelson, treasurer, Tim Finseth for State Representative – By letter dated May 30, the Tim Finseth for State Representative committee stated that the contributing committee reviewed their records and found that the contribution was delivered to Tim Finseth on December 30, 1998. Because the funds were received during the 1998 election year, the excess contribution penalty no longer applies. On June 1, 2000, staff received an affidavit from Minnesota Farm Credit Services stating that they did in fact make the contribution on December 30, 1998. The Tim Finseth for State Representative amended both their 1998 and 1999 Reports of Receipts and Expenditures to reflect the changes. On June 9, staff sent the Tim Finseth for State Representative Committee a letter stating that after staff review, the contribution in question was received in a timely manner and as a result the civil fines paid would be refunded. Staff requests direction from the Board on the disposition of the findings.

Ms. Pauly’s MOTION: To vacate the Tim Finseth for State Representative findings as issued at the April 11, 2000, Board meeting and ratify the action of the Executive Director in returning the civil fines totaling $700.

Vote on MOTION: Unanimously passed.

Request to allow political contribution refunds prior to filing a Public Subsidy Agreement

Julie Ward, candidate, Citizens for Julie Ward - The Registration and Statement of Organization for Ms. Ward’s principal campaign committee and Public Subsidy Agreement were hand delivered to the Board office on January 4, 2000. Ms. Ward used Political Contribution Receipts given to her at the time of registration to refund contributions made in 1999. The Department of Revenue denied requests to refund the contributions because an agreement had not been signed in 1999. Ms. Ward asks the Board to allow contributions received in 1999, prior to the filing of the principal campaign committee, to be refunded.

Board members reviewed a draft letter to Ms. Ward and agreed to certain language changes.

Ms. Pauly’s MOTION: To approve the draft letter to Ms. Ward as amended in discussion.

Vote on MOTION: Unanimously passed (see copy of letter attached).

Request for Board direction on further action regarding late filing fees.

Maryanna Green, lobbyist, Reading Railroad, $100 – The Lobbyist Disbursement Report covering the period January 1 through March 31, 2000, due on April 17, 2000, was received in the Board office on July 21, 2000. Ms. Green registered as a lobbyist in March 2000. No lobbying disbursements were reported. Ms. Green’s father advised staff that Maryanna is 10 years old and registered as a lobbyist as a school project. Ms. Green has terminated her registration with the Board.

Ms. Chase’s MOTION: To approve Mr. Green’s request and waive the $100 late filing fee owed by Ms. Green.

Vote on MOTION: Unanimously passed.

Informational Items

Payment of Late Filing Fees

Report of Receipts and Expenditures due January 31, 1997

Marianne Stebbins Beck, candidate, Marianne Stebbins Beck for State Senate: $277

Report of Receipts and Expenditures due January 31, 2000

Karen Schultz, treasurer, Bob Bambenek for Senate: $100

Herb Bergson, candidate, Friends of Herb Bergson: $55

Robert Fowler, candidate, People for Robert Fowler: $50

Gelaine Halverson, treasurer, John Halverson Volunteer Committee: $50

Paul Rogosheske, treasurer, Doug Johnson for Governor: $35

Larry McKenzie, candidate, Larry McKenzie Committee: $40

Michael Rentz, candidate, Friends of Michael Rentz: $50

Marie Zellar, treasurer, Clean Water Action Voter Education Project: $100

Jerome Miranowski, treasurer, Oppenheimer State Political Fund: $100

Lobbyist Disbursement Report due January 18, 2000

John Clawson, lobbyist, Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota: $30

Jeanne M Raffesberger, lobbyist, Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women: $100

Original Statement of Economic Interest due March 8, 2000

Ann Nistler, member, Veterans Homes Board: $30

Lobbyist Disbursement Report due April 17, 2000

Carrolyn Anderson, lobbyist, Brighton Development: $70

Barbara Kilbourne, lobbyist, Catholic Health Association of Minnesota: $10

Timothy Shields, lobbyist, Minnesota Federated Humane Society: $15

Carrolyn Anderson, lobbyist, The Guthrie: $70

Anonymous Contributions

Forwarded to the State, because employment information was unattainable:

Charlie Weaver, candidate, Weaver for Attorney General: $1,375

Civil Fines

Satveer Chaudhary, candidate (Satveer) Chaudhary Committee - During calendar year 1999, the Friends of Chaudhary Committee accepted $1,000 in contributions from special sources, which consisted of political committees or political funds. The total amount of these contributions exceeded the applicable limit on aggregate contributions from special sources of $964 by $36. Satveer Chaudhary entered into a conciliation agreement on April 23, 2000, and paid a civil fine of $72.

Mike Freeman, candidate, (Mike) Freeman for Governor Committee - During calendar year 1999, the Freeman for Governor Committee accepted two contributions totaling $540 from an individual. These contributions exceeded the applicable $500 non-election year contribution limit by $40. Mike Freeman entered into a conciliation agreement on May 8, 2000, and paid a civil fine of $40.

Randy Kelly, candidate, (Randy) Kelly for Senate Volunteer Committee - The Kelly for Senate Volunteer Committee accepted two contributions totaling $200 from an individual. These contributions exceeded the applicable $100 non-election year contribution limit by $100. Randy Kelly entered into a conciliation agreement on April 17, 2000, and paid a civil fine of $100.

Bill Hilty, candidate, (Bill) Hilty Volunteer Committee - During calendar year 1999, the Hilty Volunteer Committee accepted a $500 contribution from the Aitkin County DFL Club. The contribution exceeded by $400 the applicable $100 non-election year contribution limit. Additionally the Hilty Volunteer Committee accepted $1,000 in contributions from special sources, which consisted of political committees or political funds. The total amount of these contributions exceeded the applicable limit on aggregate contributions from special sources of $964 by $36. Bill Hilty entered into a conciliation agreement on April 25, 2000, and paid a civil fine of $872.

Kenric Scheevel, candidate, (Kenric) Scheevel for Senate Committee - During calendar year 1999, the Scheevel for Senate Committee accepted two facially excessive contributions of $125 each from individuals. These contributions exceeded by $50 the applicable $100 non-election year contribution limit. Kenric Scheevel entered into a conciliation agreement on April 18, 2000, and paid a civil fine of $100.

Financial statement and agency deposits - Financial statement reports covering July 1, 1999, through June 30, 2000, and July 1 through August 1, 2000, and an agency deposit report covering July 1, 1999, through June 30, 2000 were available for Board members.

Board Spending Plan FY 2001 - Board members reviewed a draft spending plan for fiscal year 2001. It was noted that the proposed spending plan has insufficient funds for the year, but the plan needs to be approved for the Department of Finance. Ms. Olson noted that staff is working with the Department of Finance and the Office of Technology to secure additional funds to meet fiscal year 2001 obligations. Staff will monitor the budget, do a new cost projection every three months, and continue to look for ways to cut operating costs.

Ms. Pauly’s MOTION: To approve the draft spending plan.

Vote on MOTION: Unanimously passed.

Public subsidy resolutions -

Ms. Pauly’s MOTION: Move adoption of the following resolutions:

The Executive Director shall determine which candidates are eligible for party account public subsidy payments, shall verify all eligibility requirements, shall determine the amount of each payment to which the candidate is entitled, and shall do all things necessary to make the payment within the time period specified in statue.

 

 

Be it further resolved that:

After the general election, the Executive Director Shall determine which candidates are eligible for general account public subsidy payments, shall verify all eligibility requirements, and shall determine the amount of each payment to which the candidate is entitled.

Vote on MOTION: Unanimously passed.

Council on Governmental Ethics Laws (COGEL) – Ms. Olson reported that the conference will be held in Tampa, Florida, December 3 - 6. Governor Ventura will be a keynote speaker at the conference. Board members agreed that two staff members, Ms. Olson and Mr. Sigurdson, will attend. The Board will decide at its next Board meeting, which Board member(s) will attend.

ADVISORY OPINION REQUEST

The following request and advisory opinion are nonpublic data.

Advisory Opinion Request #321 - Reporting of political expenditures

The Board reviewed a draft response to an advisory opinion request from the campaign chair for a candidate exploring the possibility of running for office, who asks: 1) if campaign funds may be used to rent, lease, or purchase an automobile for use in campaign related functions; 2) if all anonymous contributions are prohibited, or only those in excess of $20; and 3) can a deputy treasurer for a Principal Campaign Committee sign the reporting documents required by the Board.

Ms. Pauly’s MOTION: To approve advisory opinion #321 as drafted.

Vote on MOTION: Unanimously passed.

SUMMARY: ADVISORY OPINION #321 signed by Chair Wil Fluegel, August 8, 2000: Principal campaign committees that use campaign funds to purchase, lease, or rent a vehicle must allocate the cost of using the vehicle for both campaign activities and noncampaign activities in order to accurately report to the Board. Anonymous contributions of over $20 must be forwarded in their entirety to the Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board. Deputy treasurers who are delegated authority by a principal campaign committee may submit reports and filings to the Board.

LEGAL COUNSEL’S REPORT

Counsel Huwe presented the legal counsel report outlining the status of cases, which have been turned over to the Attorney General’s office (see copy of memo attached). He also reported that default hearings have been scheduled for Larry Jones, Larry McKenzie, and Michael Spillane.

REPORT FROM EXECUTIVE SESSION

In the matter of the investigation of the Citizens for (Roy) Terwilliger Committee - During a routine reconciliation of reports filed covering calendar year 1999, a discrepancy was disclosed regarding a $400 transaction the Minnesota State Highway Patrol Officers Association (Association) reported as a contribution to the Citizens for (Roy) Terwilliger Committee. After notification of the discrepancy and telephone conversations with staff $300 of the contribution was returned to the Association. Based on the circumstances, the Board accepted the return of the $300 to the Association and will not enter into a conciliation agreement and impose a civil fine.

ADJOURNMENT

Meeting adjourned.

Respectfully submitted,

 

 

Jeanne Olson

Executive Director

 

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