STATE OF MINNESOTA

CAMPAIGN FINANCE AND PUBLIC DISCLOSURE BOARD

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Tuesday, December 12, 2000

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Blazing Star Conference Room

Ground Floor, Centennial Office Building

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MINUTES

Meeting was called to order by Chair Fluegel

Members present: Chase, Fluegel, Kelley, Pauly

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

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

MINUTES (October 17, 2000)

Ms. Pauly’s MOTION: To approve the October 17, 2000, minutes as drafted.

Vote on MOTION: Unanimously passed.

CHAIR'S REPORT

Board Meeting Schedule

Next meeting is scheduled for January 9, 2001, in room G-31 of the Judicial Building.

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR'S REPORT

Ms. Olson submitted the following written report:

Staff Activities

October 19 – Ms. Olson spoke to a group of Governor Ventura’s appointees. They discussed the requirements and provisions of Chapter 10A as they relate to appointees who are public officials or local officials in Metropolitan Governmental Units.

October 24 – Mr. Sigurdson and Ms. Olson met with Laura Sether from Minnesota Planning to discuss on-line disclosure of campaign contributions and the Governor’s 2001 campaign finance and public subsidy initiatives.

October 25 – Counsel Huwe, a representative from Shared Resource Management (SRM), a representative from the Department of Administration, Materials Management Division, and Ms. Olson signed the contract for programming services for Finance 02. Work on the project began early in November and will continue until May.

Ms. Olson met with Beth Fraser from the Minnesota Alliance for Progressive Action (MAPA). MAPA is working with Senator Hottinger on a ‘clean money’ bill for introduction during the 2001 legislative session.

November 27 - Staff processed the post general election public subsidy payments to 385 candidates.

Effective December 6 - Ms. Olson’s term on the Council of Governmental Ethics Laws Steering Committee ended. She will remain on the Past-President’s Advisory Board for four years.

Personnel

Ms. Swanson reviewed the performance of Joyce Larson. Ms. Larson’s performance is satisfactory. Under the terms of the AFSCME contract Ms. Larson will receive a step increase.

Upon advice from Chair Fluegel and Ms. Chase, staff will not replace Tom Thao, Information Systems Specialist II, at this time. Other staff members are resetting priorities to ensure that the ongoing needs of Board staff and the public are met during the time we are not fully staffed. The Board’s budget request for 2001 includes a funding increase that will enable the Board to again have nine full time staff members.

Patty Klingner is expecting a baby and plans to take leave without pay from June until sometime in the fall.

Correspondence

Ms. Olson received a memo from the Office of the Attorney General outlining the appropriateness of making per diem payments to public employees who sit on state Boards and Commissions. The Board currently has no public employees among its members.

Enforcement Report

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

Consent Items

Board Action: Authorization of a certified letter for the late filing fee, which accrued because of the late filing of the Pre-primary Report of Receipts and Expenditures due August 28, 2000, and subsequent legal enforcement action if the fee is not paid. A reminder notice was sent to the treasurer and staff attempted to contact him by telephone.

Thomas Meyer, treasurer, St. Paul Supervisor’s Organization Political Fund: $500

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

Craig Stone, candidate, Friends of (Craig) Stone

Board Action: Authorization of a certified letter to compel the filing of the Pre-general Report of Receipts and Expenditures due October 30, 2000, collection of the $500 late filing fees, and subsequent legal enforcement action if the reports are not filed. A reminder notice was sent to each candidate and/or treasurer and staff attempted to contact each individual by telephone.

Sean Constantini, treasurer, (Dennis) Grubich for Representative

Herminia Cardenas, treasurer, Neighbors for (Carlos) Mariani Committee

Michelle West, treasurer, 59th Senate District DFL

Claremont Anderson, treasurer, Grant County DFL

Joseph Olson, treasurer, Gun Owners Political Action Committee

Board Action: Authorization of a certified letter for late filing fees, which accrued because of the late filing of the Pre-general Report of Receipts and Expenditures due October 30, 2000, and subsequent legal enforcement action if the fees are not paid. A reminder notice was sent to each candidate and/or treasurer and staff attempted to contact each individual by telephone.

Duane Timo, treasurer, Friends of Larry Lownie: $50

Chris Berg, treasurer, 4th Congressional District Labor Federation: $50

Jennifer Paulson, treasurer, Brooklyn Center DFL: $50

Joleen Schaefer, treasurer, Nicollet County DFL: $50

Bill Bullock, treasurer, Richfield Republicans: $150

Donna Hogan, treasurer, AFSCME Council 14 PEOPLE Fund: $50

Jennifer O’Rourke, treasurer, Minnesotans for a Democratic Majority: $50

Board Action: Authorization of a certified letter to compel the filing of an amendment to the Pre-general Report of Receipts and Expenditures due October 30, 2000, and subsequent legal enforcement action if the amended report is not filed. A reminder notice was sent to the treasurer and candidate and staff attempted to contact them by telephone.

Barbara Stevens, treasurer, Campaign for Vince Stevens

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

Vote on MOTION: Unanimously passed.

Discussion Items

Requests for the waiver of late filing fees

Pre-primary Report of Receipts and Expenditures due August 28, 2000

Joan Molenaar, treasurer, Champlin DFL’ers, $50 - The Report of Receipts and Expenditures covering the period January 1 through August 21, 2000, was received in the Board office on September 1, 2000.

Ms. Pauly’s MOTION: To approve Ms. Molenaar’s request to waive the $50 late filing fee due to extenuating circumstances.

Vote on MOTION: Unanimously passed.

Pre-general Report of Receipts and Expenditures due October 30, 2000

Patrick Timmins, treasurer, (Steve) Dehler Volunteer Committee, $250 - The Report of Receipts and Expenditures covering the period January 1 through October 23, 2000, was received in the Board office on November 9, 2000. No motion was made.

Bob Hansen, treasurer, Volunteers for (Larry) Nornes, $200 - The Report of Receipts and Expenditures covering the period January 1 through October 23, 2000, was received in the Board office on November 8, 2000.

Chair Fluegel’s MOTION: To approve Mr. Hansen’s request to waive the $200 late filing fee due to extenuating circumstances.

Vote on MOTION: Unanimously passed.

Robert Ellingson, treasurer, 43rd Senate District DFL, $50 - The Report of Receipts and Expenditures covering the period January 1 through October 23, 2000, was received in the Board office on November 3, 2000.

Chair Fluegel welcomed Mr. Ellingson to the meeting.

Mr. Ellingson explained that he volunteered to be the treasurer for the 43rd Senate District DFL this year but that he has no authority to withdraw funds from the committee’s checking account. He states that this is an inactive committee with approximately $95 in the account and he requests the late filing fee be waived. Board members suggested that if the committee is inactive, Mr. Ellingson might want to terminate the committee.

Mr. Kelley’s MOTION: To reduce the $50 late filing fee for the 43rd Senate District DFL to $25.

Vote on MOTION: Unanimously passed.

Roald Haugan, treasurer, Redwood County RPM, $50 - The Report of Receipts and Expenditures covering the period January 1 through October 23, 2000, was received in the Board office on November 3, 2000.

Ms. Pauly’s MOTION: To approve Mr. Haugan’s request to waive the $50 late filing fee due to extenuating circumstances.

Vote on MOTION: Unanimously passed.

Fran Voerding, treasurer, St. Paul DFL, $500 - The Report of Receipts and Expenditures covering the period January 1 through October 23, 2000, was received in the Board office on November 22, 2000.

Mr. Kelley’s MOTION: To approve Ms. Voerding’s request to waive the $500 late filing fee due to extenuating circumstances.

Vote on MOTION: Unanimously passed.

Marjorie Ebensteiner, treasurer, St. Paul Ward 6 DFL, $300 - The Report of Receipts and Expenditures covering the period January 1 through October 23, 2000, was received in the Board office on November 13, 2000.

Chair Fluegel’s MOTION: To reduce the $300 late filing fee for the St. Paul Ward 6 DFL to $150.

Vote on MOTION: Unanimously passed.

Linda Lemmer, treasurer, Wadena County DFL, $300 - The Report of Receipts and Expenditures covering the period January 1 through October 23, 2000, was received in the Board office on November 13, 2000. No motion was made.

Stephen Baker, treasurer, Metropolitan Good Government Council, $350 - The Report of Receipts and Expenditures covering the period January 1 through October 23, 2000, was received in the Board office on November 14, 2000. No motion was made.

Warren Nelson, treasurer, Minnesota Committee to Preserve the Rule of Law, $400 - The Report of Receipts and Expenditures covering the period January 1 through October 23, 2000, was received in the Board office on November 15, 2000. Mr. Nelson paid $67.65 of the late fee and requests that the remaining $332.35 be waived as the committee has a $0 bank balance and has terminated its registration with the Board. No motion was made.

Daniel Smith, treasurer, Minnesota Organization for Vocational Education, $50 - The Report of Receipts and Expenditures covering the period January 1 through October 23, 2000, was received in the Board office on November 3, 2000. No motion was made.

Harold Anderson, treasurer, Tenth Ward & Rural Ramsey DFL Donut Booth, $500 - The Report of Receipts and Expenditures covering the period January 1 through October 23, 2000, was received in the Board office on December 8, 2000.

Ms. Pauly’s MOTION: To approve Mr. Anderson’s request to waive the $500 late filing fee due to extenuating circumstances.

Vote on MOTION: Unanimously passed.

Report of Large Pre-election Contribution or Loan

JoAnn Schoen, treasurer, Frederickson (Mark) for Minnesota House, $500 - The Report of Large Pre-election Contribution or Loan report was received in the Board office on November 27, 2000.

Ms. Pauly’s MOTION: To approve Ms. Schoen’s request to waive the $500 late filing fee due to extenuating circumstances.

Vote on MOTION: Unanimously passed.

Request for Board direction for further action regarding reported campaign expenditure

Gerry Machowicz, candidate, Gerry Machowicz Volunteer Committee - On the Pre-primary Report of Receipts and Expenditures, Ms. Machowicz reported two campaign expenditures totaling $684.99 for clothing. In response to a staff inquiry, Ms. Machowicz states that due to an illness she lost considerable weight, that she is retired and has a lifestyle that requires a minimum wardrobe. Ms. Machowicz further stated that she felt she needed to purchase new clothes and shoes for her candidacy.

Ms. Chase’s MOTION: To direct staff to send Ms. Machowicz a letter stating that: 1) the Board will take no further action because this matter is outside the jurisdiction of Minn. Stat. 10A; 2) she could be in violation of Minn. Stat. 211B; 3) if she is in violation of Minn. Stat. 211B, she could be subject to criminal penalties; and 4) a copy of Minn. Stat. 211B be included with the letter.

Vote on MOTION: Unanimously passed.

Request for Board direction regarding disclosure of an independent expenditure

Robert Vanasek, Field Director, David Minge for Congress Committee – On November 3, 2000, staff received a notarized statement from Robert Vanasek stating that an independent expenditure was made by the David Minge for Congress Committee ("committee") on behalf of the (John) Skoog Campaign Committee. The expenditure urged people to vote for Mr. Skoog in the November 7th general election. The cost of the expenditure was approximately $135. The committee did not file a Report of Receipts and Expenditures as required under Minn. Stat. 10A.20.

Board members agreed to accept Mr. Vanasek’s statement in lieu of a Report of Receipts and Expenditures. The Board noted that the David Minge for Congress Committee files a report with the Federal Election’s Commission and that the report is available to the public.

Request for acceptance of a change in beginning cash balance

Kim Upsher, treasurer, 58th Senate District DFL – On the Report of Receipts and Expenditures covering calendar year 1999, the 58th Senate District DFL disclosed an ending cash balance of $4,228.92. The Pre-primary Report of Receipts and Expenditures covering the period January 1 through August 21, 2000, disclosed a beginning cash balance of $3,597.83. By letter dated October 17, 2000, Ms. Upsher requested more time to further investigate the discrepancy. By letter dated November 2, 2000, Ms. Upsher states that she went back through the previous treasurer’s records, as requested by staff, and got as far as 1997. She believes that in some cases revenue was counted twice and expenses were doubled. Ms. Upsher requests that the Board accept the beginning cash balance of $3,597.83.

Board members directed staff to contact and work with the previous treasurer to find the discrepancy.

 

Request for Board direction for further action regarding the failure to file a report and the failure to pay a late filing fee

Bernard Harmon, treasurer, Denise Harmon House Committee – The Denise Harmon House Committee was referred to the Attorney General’s Office for failure to: 1) file an amendment to the 1998 year end Report of Receipts and Expenditures; 2) file the 1999 Report of Receipts and Expenditures; and 3) pay a $100 late filing fee. The Attorney General’s Office notified staff that they are unable to serve Bernard or Denise Harmon. Metro Legal Service can do a skip trace which will cost between $60 and $100. The 1998 Pre-general Report of Receipts and Expenditures disclosed a negative ending cash balance of $128.94. The 1998 year end report was filed as a no change report disclosing a cash balance of $0. Ms. Harmon received no public subsidy.

Chair Fluegel’s MOTION: To direct staff to administratively terminate the Denise Harmon House Committee and to cease further action to obtain the two delinquent reports and the $100 late filing fee.

Vote on MOTION: Unanimously passed.

Don Koenig, candidate, Don Koenig: Elect Don (Dr. Freedom – 532 Million) Koenig – The Don Koenig: Elect Don (Dr. Freedom – 532 Million) Koenig committee was referred to the Attorney General’s Office for failure to file numerous reports and pay the late filing fees associated with those reports. Mr. Koenig has two campaign committees registered with the Board and owes $733 in late filing fees. He was placed on Revenue Recapture and in August, 2000, staff received a check from the Department of Revenue for $85. The Attorney General’s Office is unable to locate Mr. Koenig. Metro Legal Service can do a skip trace which will cost between $60 and $100. In 1999, Mr. Koenig’s file was returned to the Board by Minnesota Collection Enterprise as not collectable because no assets were found.

Mr. Kelley’s MOTION: To direct staff to: 1) administratively terminate the committee; 2) cease further action to collect the reports; 3) cease further collection activity; and 4) retain the matter with Revenue Recapture.

Vote on MOTION: Unanimously passed.

Informational Items

Payment of Late Filing Fees

Report of Receipts and Expenditures due January 31, 1999

Bev Deutsch, candidate, Volunteers for Beverly Deutsch: $100

Steven Morse, candidate, Senator (Steven) Morse Volunteer Committee: $100

Lobbyist Disbursement Report due July 17, 2000

Julie Howell, lobbyist, Minnesota Youth Soccer Association: $100

Richard Nelson, lobbyist, Northwest Airlines Inc: $100

David Strom, lobbyist, Taxpayers League of Minnesota: $100

Report of Receipts and Expenditures due August 21, 2000

Sandra Hunz, candidate, People for (Sandra) Hunz: $100

Carlos Mariani, candidate, Neighbors for (Carlos) Mariani Committee: $50

Thomas Weisbecker, candidate, Weisbecker (Thomas) for House Seat 38A: $500

Robert Butterbrodt, treasurer, 64A House District RPM: $50

Ana Micka, treasurer, 67th Senate District DFL: $50

Merle Pettersen, treasurer, Hennepin County DFL: $10 (owes $80)

Cynthia Jaksa, treasurer, Koochiching County DFL: $50

Jason Dohm, treasurer, Mille Lacs County RPM: $300

Becky Boland, Winona County DFL: $200

Robert Steiner, treasurer, AFSCME Local 2508: $100

Joseph Quinn, treasurer, Minneapolis Fire Department Pensioners’ PCF: $150

Sunday Alabi, treasurer, Minnesota ACORN Political Action Committee: $100

Jeffrey Peterson, treasurer, Motel Operators Political Action Committee: $200

Darrell McKigney, chair, Taxpayers League State PAC: $50

Report of Receipts and Expenditures due October 30, 2000

Christopher Berg, candidate, Chris Berg for State Senate: $100

Dave Blanchard, candidate, Blachard (Dave) Volunteer Committee: $50

Percy Chaby, treasurer, Sane Citizens for Ben (Bowman): $300

Wayne Johnson, treasurer, Timothy Davis Volunteer Committee: $50

Tom Dean, candidate, Tom Dean for State Representative: $500

Scott Heck, candidate, 4 for 2000 (Scott Heck): $50

Sandra Koenen, treasurer, Koenen (Lyle) Volunteers: $50

Terry Harrington, treasurer, Dee (Korvela) for State Representative: $50

Steve Lagoon, candidate, Steve Lagoon for Senate Campaign Committee: $300

Butch Bakken, treasurer, (Bob) Lessard Re-election Committee: $50

Dallas Sams, candidate, (Dallas) Sams for Senate: $50

Paul Moore, treasurer, Friends of Tony Samudio: $150

Gloria Puhlford, treasurer, Shari (Swanson) for Rep 5B: $50

Laverne Turner, candidate, Laverne Turner for State House: $50

Thomas Weisbecker, candidate, Weisbecker (Thomas) for House Seat 38A: $50

Jessica Freeberg, treasurer, 36B House District DFL: $50

Ruth Johnson, treasurer, 58th senate District RPM: $50

Dawn Erlandson, treasurer, 60th Senate District DFL: $200

R. D. Brown, treasurer, 64B House District RPM: $50

Greg Hansen, treasurer, Wright County DFL: $100

Donna Hogan, treasurer, AFSCME Council 14 People Fund: $50

Carole Basil, treasurer, Beer PAC – Minnesota Beer Wholesalers Association: $50

John Sullivan, treasurer, Bike PAC: $50

Florence Jaeger, treasurer, Branch 28, NALC Political Action Fund: $50

Eugene Holderness, treasurer, Dorsey Political Fund: $450

Kathleen Cooke, treasurer, Duluth Federation of Teachers Political Fund: $100

Christopher Galler, treasurer, Families for Property Tax Reform: $100

Robert Ambrose, treasurer, Great – State: $150

Richard Chantry, treasurer, IBEW Local 292 Political Education Fund: $100

Edward Fire, treasurer, IUE Committee on Political Education AFL-CIO: $50

Sander Grotjohn, treasurer, MFT – Greenway Local 1330 COPE Fund: $50

Thomas Hansen, treasurer, Minneapolis Central Labor Union Council: $50

Cindy Schulte, treasurer, Minnesota Association of Automotive Brokers: $100

Warren Nelson, chair, Minnesota Committee to Preserve the Rule of Law: $67.65

Andy Steensma, treasurer, Minnesota Farmers Union PAC: $350

Risa Toles, treasurer, Minnesota Life Underwriters PAC: $50

Daniel Smith, treasurer, Minnesota Organization for Vocational Education: $50

Heather McNab, treasurer, Minnesota Power PAC: $50

Walter Rockenstein, treasurer, Minnesota Republicans for Choice PAC: $100

Tim Lovaasen, treasurer, Minnesota Utility Labor Council PAC: $100

Dale Lueck, treasurer, MSCA-PAC: $50

Paul Erickson, treasurer, MSP PAC: $50

John Wegleitner, treasurer, Political Education Fund of Local 21: $50

Nona Hill, treasurer, Yer Out!: $100

Nyle Zikmund, treasurer, Volunteer Fire Fighter Political Committee: $50

Report of Large Pre-Election Contribution or Loan

Joel Holstad, candidate, Committee to Elect (Joel) Holstad: $100

Civil Fines

Sheldon Johnson, candidate, Volunteers for (Sheldon) Johnson Committee - During calendar year 2000, the Volunteers for Johnson Committee accepted a $50 contribution from a registered political fund during the regular session of the Legislature. Findings were issued on October 17, 2000, and Sheldon Johnson paid a civil fine of $50.

Gail Skare, candidate, Gail Skare Campaign Committee - During calendar year 1998, the Gail Skare Campaign Committee accepted aggregate contributions totaling $5,875 from committees of the Minnesota DFL political party. The total amount of these contributions exceeded by $875 the applicable $5,000 contribution limit. During the election year 1998, the Gail Skare Campaign Committee made campaign expenditures of $25,493.37, which exceeded the applicable $24,083 expenditure limit by $1,410.37. Gail Skare entered into a conciliation agreement on September 27, 2000, and paid two civil fines totaling $2,990.55.

Karen Jenkins, candidate, (Karen) Jenkins for Senate Committee - During calendar year 2000, the Jenkins for Senate Committee accepted a $500 contribution from a registered principal campaign committee during the regular session of the Legislature. Findings were issued on October 17, 2000, and Karen Jenkins paid a civil fine of $500.

Dick Day, candidate, (Dick) Day Volunteer Committee - During calendar year 2000, the Day Volunteer Committee accepted two contributions from a registered political committee. The total amount of these contributions, $600, exceeded by $100 the applicable $500 election year contribution limit. Dick Day entered into a conciliation agreement on October 28, 2000, and paid a civil fine of $100.

Barbara Winfield, candidate, People for (Barbara) Winfield - During calendar year 2000, the People for Winfield committee accepted a contribution from a registered political fund during the regular session of the Legislature. Findings were issued on October 17, 2000, and Barbara Winfield paid a civil fine of $500.

Anonymous Contribution forwarded to the State of Minnesota:

Barbara Winfield, candidate, People for (Barbara) Winfield: $50

Reconciliation of contributions received and refunds made by the Minnesota Department of Revenue

During a routine reconciliation of contributions reported as received by principal campaign committees and political party units in 1999 and the Minnesota Department of Revenue’s report of political contribution refunds made for 1999, staff found discrepancies regarding contributions received by three political parties and four principal campaign committees. Five of these discrepancies have been resolved. Two discrepancies are pending.

Financial statement and agency deposits - Mr. Sigurdson submitted reports covering July 1, through October 31, 2000.

Council on Governmental Ethics Laws (COGEL) Conference (see August 8, September 21, and October 17, minutes) – Ms. Pauly, Mr. Kelley, Ms. Olson, and Mr. Sigurdson attended the conference. The attendees agreed that it was a good conference with timely topics.

ADVISORY OPINION REQUEST

The following request and advisory opinion is nonpublic data.

Advisory Opinion Request #324 - Limits for candidates who register a principal campaign committee after a state general election

The Board reviewed a draft response to an advisory opinion request from a potential candidate for the state senate, who asks: (1) if election year contribution limits for an office expire on general election day or if the limits are in place for an entire calendar year; (2) what the aggregate election year contribution limit is for a candidate who registers a principal campaign committee after the state general election; (3) if a principal campaign committee that registers with the Board after the state general election can participate in the Political Contribution Refund (PCR) program; and (4) when an Affidavit of Contributions may be filed with the Board.

Ms. Chase’s MOTION: To approve advisory opinion #324 as drafted.

Vote on MOTION: Unanimously passed.

SUMMARY: ADVISORY OPINION #324 signed by Chair Wil Fluegel, December 12, 2000: A candidate who registers with the Board during an election year for the office the candidate is seeking is entitled to the election year contribution limits for the entire election year. A candidate who signs and files a Public Subsidy Agreement with the Board is entitled to the expenditure limit for that year and the office sought regardless if the candidate’s name appears on the primary or general election ballots. A candidate may issue Political Contribution Refund receipts only for contributions received after the candidate signs and files a Public Subsidy Agreement. An Affidavit of Contributions must be submitted in the year that a candidate appears on the ballot.

LEGAL COUNSEL’S REPORT

Counsel Huwe introduced Wanda Cannon, paralegal in the Office of the Attorney General, who will be working on Board matters. 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).

OTHER BUSINESS

Failure by the Minnesota DFL State Central Committee to amend the 1998 Report of Receipts and Expenditures (see October 17, minutes)

On October 2, 2000, the Board issued a finding showing that there was probable cause to believe that the Minnesota DFL State Central Committee ("DFL") incorrectly reported some costs associated with the preparation and mailing of certain literature on behalf of Gail Skare as a multi-candidate expenditure and violated Minn. State. 10A.17, subd. 2, when it did not obtain written authorization prior to making expenditures on behalf of the Gail Skare Campaign Committee. The DFL was ordered to amend the 1998 year end Report of Receipts and Expenditures within 10 days of notification of the finding to include the in-kind contributions to the Gail Skare Campaign Committee. To date the DFL has failed to amend the report. Alan Weinblatt, attorney for the DFL, advised staff during a telephone conversation that the DFL does not intend to amend the report.

Chair Fluegel’s MOTION: To direct staff to refer the matter to the Ramsey County Attorney’s office for further legal action.

Vote on MOTION: Unanimously passed.

REPORT FROM EXECUTIVE SESSION

In the matter of the complaint regarding the Friends of Chris Tiedeman Committee The Board issued a finding showing that there is no probable cause to believe that the Friends of Chris Tiedeman Committee violated the reporting requirements of Minnesota Statutes, chapter 10A by failing to disclose in-kind contributions from the College Republican National 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 finding attached).

In the matter of the investigation of (Cheryl) Lewis for State Senate Committee The Board issued a finding showing that there is no probable cause to believe that the Lewis for State Senate Committee violated Minnesota Statutes, chapter 10A by failing to obtain $3,000 by September 1, 2000, to qualify for public subsidy in the 2000 election year. 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 finding attached).

ADJOURNMENT

Meeting adjourned.

Respectfully submitted,

 

 

Jeanne Olson

Executive Director

 

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STATE OF MINNESOTA

Office of the Attorney General

 

TO:

JEANNE OLSON

Executive Director

Campaign Finance & Public Disclosure Board
190 Centennial Office Bldg.
St. Paul, MN 55155

DATE:

December 4, 2000

 

FROM:

GREGORY P. HUWE

Assistant Attorney General

525 Park Street, #200

St. Paul, MN 55103-2106

PHONE:

(651) 297-1223 (Voice)

(651) 297-1235 (Fax)

(651) 282-2525 (TTY)

 

SUBJECT:

Status Report of Campaign Finance & Public Disclosure Board Matters

 

 

I. Major Cases/Major Issues:

Pending complaints (executive session agenda): please see cover memo and draft findings in the executive session agenda materials for a summary/discussion of the pending complaint.

Kevin Correy matter: An administrative subpoena is being served on Community Bank in Owatonna, requesting account records of Kevin Correy and Correy for Senate. We are waiting for a response at this time.

II. Enforcement Matters:

For other enforcement matters referred to the Attorney General’s Office, please see the attached chart.