STATE OF MINNESOTA

ETHICAL PRACTICES BOARD

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Friday, July 26, 1996

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Blazing Star Room

Ground Level, Centennial Office Building

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MINUTES

Meeting was called to order by Chair Rodriguez.

Members present: Anderson, Owens Hayes, Pauly, Rodriguez, Slocum, Wilson.

Others present: Olson, Goldsmith, Swanson, Maloney, staff; Eller, counsel.

MINUTES (June 21, 1996)

Ms. Owens Hayes' MOTION: To approve the June 21, 1996, minutes as drafted.

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

CHAIR'S REPORT

Board Meeting Schedule - Next Board meeting: Friday, August 23, 1996.

Administrative Procedures - Board members reviewed a staff memo which listed: a) procedures used internally by staff to achieve tasks mandated by statute and the Board; b) procedures mandated by law and/or other state agencies; and c) procedures outlining the Board's working rules and two procedures that have financial impact on the Board's budget. Additionally, Board members reviewed an updated Affirmative Action Plan, 1996; and an Employee Training and Development Plan.

Mr. Anderson's MOTION: To approve the Affirmative Action Plan, 1996, as drafted.

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

Ms. Owens Hayes' MOTION: To repeal all administrative procedures used internally by staff and delegate authority for those procedures to the Executive Director.

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

The Board directed staff to update the administrative procedures outlining the Board's working rules for Board review at the August 23rd meeting.

Ms. Pauly's MOTION: To approve the Employee Training and Development Plan as drafted.

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

Board Goals and Objectives - At its retreat of June 21, 1996, the Board discussed possible Goals and Objectives for fiscal year 1997, and directed staff to prepare a draft list of the proposed Goals and Objectives for consideration at its next meeting.

Board members reviewed the draft Goals and Objectives and agreed to certain changes in the draft.

Ms. Owens Hayes' MOTION: To approve the 1997 Goals and Objectives of the Ethical Practices Board as amended in discussion.

Ms. Owens Hayes accepted a minor word change as a friendly amendment to her motion from Ms. Wilson.

Ms. Owens Hayes' AMENDED MOTION: To approve the 1997 Goals and Objectives of the Ethical Practices Board as amended in discussion.

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

The Board directed staff to prepare alternate text for the first Board objective for further consideration a the August 23rd Board meeting.

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR'S REPORT

Campaign finance seminars - Ms. Olson reported that twelve campaign finance seminars have been scheduled around the state from August 5 through August 24, 1996. To date approximately 100 people have signed up to attend.

Forty eight hour notice - Ms. Olson showed the Board a preprinted yellow post-it note advising candidate treasurers of the need to report large contributions within 48 hours. The notes will be attached to the pre-primary and pre-general Report of Receipts and Expenditures being mailed to all principal campaign committee treasurers.

Resolutions - Board members considered a proposed resolution imposing late filing fees.

Ms. Owens Hayes' MOTION: Be it resolved: "Late filing fees specified in Minnesota Statutes, chapter 10A, are hereafter imposed automatically without further Board action in all cases where the statutory requirements for imposition of such fees have been met. The Board will consider written requests to waive late filing fees imposed as a result of this action. The Executive Director shall review Board forms and correspondence regarding late filing fees and assure that they accurately reflect this action."

Vote on MOTION: Unanimously passed.

Board members considered a proposed resolution establishing enforcement consent items.

Ms. Pauly's' MOTION: Be it resolved: "Enforcement matters coming before the Board shall be reported by the Executive Director in an enforcement report which shall include the following sections: a) consent items, b) discussion items, and 3) informational items. The Executive Director shall place in the consent section those matters which are not expected to require discussion and which are not contested by the subject client. All other enforcement items requiring Board action shall be placed in the discussion section. Prior to a vote on the consent items, any Board member may request that any item or items be moved to the discussion section. Such request does not require a motion or a vote and is not debatable. The remaining consent items shall be voted on as a single matter. A motion of the consent items is not debatable."

Vote on MOTION: Unanimously passed.

Board members considered a proposed resolution regarding collection of fines and fees imposed by the Board and agreed to certain changes in the draft resolution.

Mr. Anderson's MOTION: Be it resolved: "When the Board authorizes enforcement action for the collection of a late filing fee or a civil fine imposed by the Board, the following actions are authorized: 1) referral to the Attorney General's Office for issuance of a demand letter. In matters where an unfiled report is also being sought, pursuit of a judgment of any amount due will also be referred; 2) referral to Minnesota Collections Enterprise ("MCE") of those matters which meet MCE's requirements for acceptance; 3) referral to the Revenue Recapture program of those matters which meet that program's requirements; and 4) consider as de minimus matters which do not meet the $25 minimum for Revenue Recapture program. These matters shall be placed in the client's files for possible future action should other matters involving the same client arise. Staff shall pursue judgment in conciliation court for the amount due if all of the following conditions exist: 1) judgment is not being pursued by the Attorney General's Office; and 2) the total amount due exceeds $25. The Executive Director may present any matter to the Board for special consideration when circumstances warrant. The Executive Director shall monitor the functioning of the policy established by this action, report to the Board from time to time on it's effectiveness, and inform the Board of any changes which should be considered."

Vote on MOTION: Unanimously passed.

Enforcement Report

Mr. Maloney presented the following enforcement matters for Board action:

. Consent Items:

Board Action: Authorization of certified letter for nonpayment of late filing fees and subsequent legal enforcement action in the event the fee is not paid. Two notices have been previously sent to each client.

Charles J. O'Connor, Self, $100; Charles J. O'Connor, Workers' Compensation Lobby, $100, Lobbyist Disbursement Reports due 4/15/96.

Harvey Linder, Psychology Board, $5, Supplementary Statement of Economic Interest due 4/15/96.

Board Action: Authorization of third certified letter requiring signature on Supplementary Statement of Economic Interest. Two notices have previously been sent to client.

John B. Wallace, Emergency Response Commission, no late fee, failure to sign Supplementary Statement of Economic Interest.

Board Action: Authorization of enforcement action for collection of late filing fees pursuant to Board enforcement policy adopted July 26, 1996.

Mary Jane Reagan, (Mary Jane) Reagan Campaign Committee (Rep. - 64B), $20, Report of Receipts and Expenditures. Committee has terminated.

Mary Jane Reagan, (Mary Jane) Reagan Campaign Committee (Governor), $20, Report of Receipts and Expenditures. Committee has terminated.

Mary Jane Reagan, (Mary Jane) Reagan Campaign Committee (Secretary of State), $20, Report of Receipts and Expenditures.

Lee Ann Mitchell, Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless, $95, Lobbyist Disbursement Report. Lobbyist has terminated.

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

Vote on MOTION: Unanimously passed.

Discussion Items

. Waiver Requests

Economic Interest Program Supplementary Statement of Economic Interest due 4/15/96

Jane Hess, (Medical Services Review Board), $45; first waiver request.

Ms. Owens Hayes' MOTION: To approve Ms. Hess' request to waive the $45 late filing fee due to extenuating circumstances.

Vote on MOTION: Unanimously passed

. Board Recommendation on Case at Attorney General's Office

Information about the following individuals, currently at the Attorney General's Office, is included for the Board's review and recommendation for further action:

Roger I. Anderson, (Roger) Anderson for State Representative, 1-2600 67A, $4,523.98, failure to file a Report of Receipts and Expenditures due January 31, 1990, and failure to return public subsidy.

Mr. Anderson's MOTION: To accept the recommendation of the Attorney General's office and engage a private collection agency in the state of Nevada to pursue the judgment against Mr. Anderson.

Vote on MOTION: Unanimously passed.

Mary Bougie, chair, St. Cloud State YDFL, 4-0383, no late filing fee, failure to amend Registration and Statement of Organization disclosing new treasurer. No motion was made.

Informational Items

. Payment of late filing fees

George W. Bateman, treasurer, (George) Bateman for Representative, #1-2493 37B, $456.51 (paid through Chapter 13 bankruptcy; $4,018.46 return of public financing remains to be paid for 1990). The Board is on a payment plan through the bankruptcy trustee. It is valid until 1997. Partial repayment of the return of public subsidy based on the 9/19/90, Affidavit of Contributions and the 1/31/91, Report of Receipts and Expenditures.

George Gregorich, treasurer, (George) Gregorich Campaign Fund, #1-3213 7A, This is a late filing fee for the late filing of the Pre-Primary Election Report or Receipts and Expenditures due 9/6/94. $25 monthly installment payments began October 1, 1995, subsequent payments due the 1st of each month, until the $250 late filing fee is paid. To date, payments totaling $200.55 have been paid. $49.45 of the late filing fee remains to be paid. A $25 payment was due June 1, 1996. As of today, the $25 payment has not been paid.

Shawn Draper, treasurer, Friends of (Shawn) Draper, #1-2410 56A, $100, for the late filing of the Report of Receipts and Expenditures due 1/31/95.

Philip W. Schrader, (Citizens Alliance for Legal Moderation), $60, for the late filing of the Lobbyist Disbursement Report due 1/16/96.

Ann Marie DeGroot, (Gay and Lesbian Community Action Counsel), $55; Mark Nygaard, (Remember Kids in Divorce Settlements - R-Kids), $100; Thomas S. Paradice, (Fight for Minnesota Incorporated), $35; Robert E. Ryan, (Continental Cablevision of St. Paul Incorporated), $35; all for the late filing of the Lobbyist Disbursement Report due 4/15/96.

Eugene Joseph Clark, (Peace Officers Standards and Training Board), $45; Michael D. Finch, (Minnesota Housing Finance Agency), $15; Thomas M. Forsythe, (Minnesota State University Board), $5; James Gaviser, (Board of Medical Practice), $10; William L. Wilson, (World Trade Center Corporation), $60; all for the late filing of the Supplementary Statement of Economic Interest due 4/15/96.

All payments have been deposited in the general fund of the state under Minn. Stat. §10A.34.

. Payment of Civil Penalty

(Linda) Berglin Volunteer Committee, #1-1066 61 - The Board investigated in executive session, on May 31, 1996, the committee's acceptance of a contribution during 1995, which exceeded the applicable contribution limit. On June 17, 1996, the (Linda) Berglin Volunteer Committee paid a civil fine of $168, two times the excess amount. Senator Berglin entered into a conciliation agreement with the Board to remedy the matter that was signed by the Board Chair on June 22, 1996.

(Arne) Carlson/(Joanne) Benson Volunteer Committee, #1-2300 Gov. - The Board investigated in executive session, on May 31, 1996, the committee's acceptance of four contributions from registered lobbyists during the regular session of the legislature during 1995. On July 3, 1996, the (Arne) Carlson/(Joanne) Benson Volunteer Committee paid a civil fine of $2,000.

(Tom) Hackbarth Volunteer Committee, #1-2682 50A - The Board investigated in executive session, on May 31, 1996, the committee's acceptance of a contribution during 1995, which exceeded the applicable contribution limit. On June 13, 1996, the (Tom) Hackbarth Volunteer Committee paid a civil fine of $72, two times the excess amount. Representative Hackbarth entered into a conciliation agreement with the Board to remedy the matter that was signed by the Board Chair on June 22, 1996.

Committee to Elect (Rolf) Hage, #1-2991 15A - The Board investigated in executive session, on May 31, 1996, the committee's nonelection year campaign expenditures which exceeded the limit of $4,316 by $61.20. On June 14, 1996, the Committee to Elect (Rolf) Hage paid a civil fine of $61.20, one times the amount by which the committee exceeded the applicable expenditure limit. Rolf Hage entered into a conciliation agreement with the Board to remedy the matter that was signed by the Board Chair on June 22, 1996.

(Sheila) Kiscaden Senate Committee, #1-2877 30 - The Board investigated in executive session, on May 31, 1996, the committee's acceptance of contributions during 1995, which exceeded facially and cumulatively the applicable individual contribution limit and the aggregate 20% limit. On July 22, 1996, the (Sheila) Kiscaden Senate Committee paid a civil fine of $1,448, two times the excess amount for the facially-excessive contributions and aggregate contributions and one times the excess amount for the cumulatively-excessive contributions. Senator Kiscaden entered into a conciliation agreement with the Board to remedy the matter that was signed by the Board Chair on June 21, 1996.

(Margaret) Larsen Volunteer Committee, #1-3012 56B - The Board investigated in executive session, on May 31, 1996, the committee's acceptance of a contribution during 1995, which exceeded the applicable contribution limit. On June 14, 1996, the Margaret Larsen Volunteer Committee paid a civil fine of $172, two times the excess amount. Representative Larsen entered into a conciliation agreement with the Board to remedy the matter that was signed by the Board Chair on June 22, 1996.

(Theodore) Mondale Volunteer Committee, #1-2341 44 - The Board investigated in executive session, on May 31, 1996, the committee's acceptance of a contribution during 1995, which exceeded the applicable contribution limit. On July 19, 1996, the (Theodore) Mondale Volunteer Committee paid a civil fine $623, two times the excess amount. Senator Mondale entered into a conciliation agreement with the Board to remedy the matter that was signed by the Board Chair on June 22, 1996.

(Richard) Mulder for State Representative Committee, #1-2820 21B - The Board investigated in executive session, on May 31, 1996, the committee's acceptance of a contribution during 1995, which exceeded the applicable contribution limit. On June 17, 1996, the (Richard) Mulder for State Representative Committee paid a civil fine of $100, one times the excess amount, by which the committee exceeded the applicable contribution limit. Representative Mulder entered into a conciliation agreement with the Board to remedy the matter that was signed by the Board Chair on June 22, 1996.

(Don) Ostrom Volunteer Committee, #1-2184 24B - The Board investigated in executive session, on May 31, 1996, the committee's acceptance of a contribution during 1995, which exceeded the applicable the applicable contribution limit. On June 17, 1996, the (Don) Ostrom Volunteer Committee paid a civil fine of $100, two times the excess amount. Representative Ostrom entered into a conciliation agreement with the Board to remedy the matter that was signed by the Board Chair on June 22, 1996.

(Timothy) Pawlenty Volunteer Committee, #1-2631 38B - The Board investigated in executive session, on May 31, 1996, the committee's acceptance of a contribution during 1995, which exceeded the applicable contribution limit. On July 12, 1996, the (Timothy) Pawlenty Volunteer Committee paid a civil fine of $372, two times the excess amount. Representative Pawlenty entered into a conciliation agreement with the Board to remedy the matter that was signed by the Board Chair on June 21, 1996.

Senator (Ember) Reichgott Junge Volunteer Committee, #1-1344 46 - The Board investigated in executive session, on May 31, 1996, the committee's acceptance of a contribution during 1995, which exceeded the applicable contribution limit. On June 21, 1996, the Senator (Ember) Reichgott Junge Volunteer Committee paid a civil fine of $28, two times the excess amount. Senator Reichgott Junge entered into a conciliation agreement with the Board to remedy the matter that was signed by the Board Chair on June 8, 1996.

(Jim) Rostberg Volunteer Committee, #1-2712 18A - The Board investigated in executive session, on May 31, 1996, the committee's acceptance of a contribution during 1995, which exceeded the applicable contribution limit and was accepted during the regular session of the legislature. On July 11, 1996, the (Jim) Rostberg Volunteer Committee paid a civil fine of $370, one times the excess amount. Representative Rostberg entered into a conciliation agreement with the Board to remedy the matter that was signed by the Board Chair on June 8, 1996.

(Doug) Swenson for State Representative Committee, #1-2030 51B - The Board investigated in executive session, on May 31, 1996, the committee's acceptance of a contribution during 1995, which exceeded the applicable contribution limit. On June 18, 1996, the (Doug) Swenson for State Representative Committee paid a civil fine of $72, two times the excess amount. Representative Swenson entered into a conciliation agreement with the Board to remedy the matter that was signed by the Board Chair on June 21, 1996.

All payments of civil fines have been deposited in the general fund of the state under Minn. Stat. §10A.28.

Financial Report and Agency Deposits - Mr. Goldsmith submitted a report covering through June, 1996.

ADVISORY OPINION REQUESTS

Requests for the following advisory opinions are nonpublic data.

Advisory Opinion #241 -Definition of first time candidate

The Board reviewed a draft response to an advisory opinion request from a candidate who asks the Board if the candidate who has sought nomination or election for office in a different district from which the candidate is seeking in 1996, would be a first time candidate under Minn. Stat. §10A.25, subd. 2(c).

Ms. Pauly's MOTION: To approve Advisory Opinion #241 as drafted.

Vote on MOTION: Unanimously passed.

SUMMARY: ADVISORY OPINION #241 as signed by Chair Carolyn Rodriguez, July 26, 1996:

A candidate who raises and spends over $100 to seek nomination or election to a house seat in one election cycle is not a first time candidate when seeking the same office in a different district in a subsequent election cycle.

Advisory Opinion #242 - Legal defense fund for public official

The Board reviewed a draft response to an advisory opinion request from the representative of a group of individuals who asks the Board if donations from lobbyists or lobbyists principals to a legal defense fund for a public official are prohibited under Minn. Stat. §10A.071.

Ms. Owens Hayes' MOTION: To approve Advisory Opinion #242 as drafted.

Vote on MOTION: Unanimously passed.

SUMMARY: ADVISORY OPINION #242 as signed by Chair Carolyn Rodriguez, July 26, 1996: Donations given by or at the request of lobbyists or lobbyist principals to a legal defense fund established for the benefit of public officials are prohibited gifts under by Minn. Stat. § 10A.071 when the fund provides benefits to public officials using those donations.

Advisory Opinion #243 - Candidate without public subsidy agreement exceeding campaign spending limit

The Board considered a letter from the treasurer of a principal campaign committee who asks if a candidate may sign a public subsidy agreement even if the limits it imposes were exceeded in a previous year.

Ms. Owens Hayes' MOTION: To direct staff to draft an advisory opinion to show: 1) the statutes do not specifically prohibit the candidate from signing a public subsidy agreement and participating in the public subsidy program in such a situation; 2) circulate the draft opinion to the chair and other Board members for a five working day review; and 3) direct the chair to approve nonsubstantive changes, if any, and sign the opinion.

Vote on MOTION: Unanimously passed.

Request for the following advisory opinion is public data.

Consider for possible amendment Advisory Opinion #171 - Gifts to Officials (see September 30, and October 26, 1994; and May 31, 1996 Board minutes)

The Board reviewed a draft of a revised advisory opinion originally issued October 29, 1994, to Kelvin Johnson, President, Printing Industry of Minnesota, Inc.("PIM"), who asked for guidance on the effect of Minn. Stat. 10A.071, on an event held each January by the education foundation of PIM for legislators.

Mr. Anderson's MOTION: To approve Revised Advisory Opinion #171 as drafted.

Vote on MOTION: Unanimously passed.

SUMMARY: REVISED ADVISORY OPINION #171 as signed by Chair Carolyn Rodriguez, July 26, 1996: A gift to a legislator by a lobbyist principal is prohibited. The relationship between a lobbyist principal and a foundation may be so close that gifts by the foundation are deemed to be requested by the principal. If a legislator contemporaneously pays the full price for a benefit received, it is not a prohibited gift.

Mr. Slocum stated for the record that he feels the Board should do a paper to guide organizations and associations in their behavior according to Minn. Stat. §10A.

LEGAL COUNSEL'S REPORT

Board members reviewed a memo from Counsel Eller outlining the status of cases presently under advisement at the Attorney General's office. (See memo attached).

Data Practices - Counsel Eller presented materials for Board review about legal issues regarding the role of the Attorney General, open meeting law, data practices act, and Board member liability.

LEGISLATIVE RECOMMENDATIONS AND RULES SUBCOMMITTEE REPORT

An open meeting was held for comment on the proposed Board rules on July 19, 1996. Mr. Goldsmith reported that input from the public was good and staff will be proposing some revisions to the draft rules based on the public comments. Committee chair Owens Hayes will schedule another meeting prior to the August 23rd Board meeting. The draft rules will be presented to the full Board at the August 23rd meeting.

OTHER BUSINESS

Request to reconsider findings and order in the matter of the acceptance of prohibited contributions during legislative session by the Carlson/(Joanne) Benson Volunteer Committee, #12300 GOV (see May 31st Board minutes)

By letter dated July 16, 1996, Tony Trimble, counsel for the Carlson/Benson Volunteer Committee (committee) requested that the Board reconsider the civil fine imposed by the Board and paid by the committee under protest. Mr. Trimble further requested to appear before the Board and offer testimony and answer any further questions the Board may have in this matter.

Chair Rodriguez welcomed Mr. Trimble who introduced Tanja Kozicky; co-counsel for the committee, Ronald Esau, committee treasurer; Wheelock Whitney, committee chair; Michael Witham; Vance Opperman; and Todd Hill.

Mr. Trimble requested that the Board reconsider the matter of the acceptance of prohibited contributions by the Carlson/Benson Volunteer Committee during the 1995 legislative session.

Ms. Pauly's MOTION: To reconsider the Board's findings of May 31, 1996, in the matter of the Carlson/Benson Volunteer Committee violations of Minn. Stat. § 10A.065 on four separate occasions by accepting four contributions of $250 each from registered lobbyists during the regular session of the Legislature in 1995.

Vote on MOTION: Unanimously passed.

The committee reported accepting a contribution of $250 from Robert Fackler, a registered lobbyist, on January 3, 1995. Mr. Hill presented sworn testimony that the contribution was received in the morning on that day. The 1995 Legislative Session started at 12:00 noon the same day.

Ms. Pauly's MOTION: To amend the Board's previous finding to find that there is no probable cause to believe that the Carlson/Benson Volunteer Committee violated Minn. Stat. §10A.065 by accepting a $250 contribution from Robert Fackler, a registered lobbyist, during the 1995 Legislative Session.

Vote on MOTION: Unanimously passed.

The committee reported accepting a contribution of $250 from Andrea Walsh, a registered lobbyist, on January 4, 1995. The committee presented a sworn affidavit from Ms. Walsh stating that the contribution was intended for the Governor's Inaugural Committee and not the Carlson/Benson Volunteer Committee. The committee informed the Board that the contribution has since been forwarded to the Governor's Inaugural Committee.

Mr. Anderson's MOTION: To: 1) reaffirm the Board's finding that there is probable cause to believe that the Carlson/Benson Volunteer Committee violated Minn. Stat. 10A.065 by accepting a $250 contribution intended for the Governor's Inaugural Committee from Andrea Walsh, a registered lobbyist, on January 4, 1995; and 2) direct the Carlson/Benson Volunteer Committee to forward to the Board a copy of the canceled check, and accompanying letter, forwarding the $250 contribution from Andrea Walsh to the Governor's Inaugural Committee within thirty days after receipt of this order.

Vote on MOTION: Yes - Anderson, Pauly, Slocum, Wilson

No - Owens Hayes, Rodriguez

Motion passed: 4 to 2.

The committee reported accepting contributions of $250 each from Joseph Goggin on January 12, 1995, and Michael Ahern on January 24, 1995, both registered lobbyists.

Mr. Anderson's MOTION: To: 1) reaffirm findings that there is probable cause to believe that the Carlson/Benson Volunteer Committee violated Minn. Stat. §10A.065 on two separate occasions by accepting contributions of $250 each from Joseph Goggin and Michael Ahern, registered lobbyists, during the regular session of the Legislature in 1995; 2) impose civil fines totaling $1,250 on the Carlson/Benson Volunteer Committee in lieu of forwarding the public findings of probable cause to the county attorney in Ramsey County to pursue a judgment in district court; 3) to refund $750 of the $2,000 civil fine paid by the Carlson/Benson Volunteer Committee under protest pursuant to Findings signed by Carolyn D. Rodriguez, chair, Ethical Practices Board on May 31, 1996, and to retain the balance in satisfaction of the fine imposed in this order; and 4) reaffirm the remaining provisions of the previous finding and order are not affected by today's Board actions. (See findings attached).

Vote on MOTION: Unanimously passed.

REPORT FROM EXECUTIVE SESSION

Findings in the Matter of (Steven) Boynton Volunteer Committee - The Board found there is probable cause to believe that the Boynton Volunteer Committee violated Minn. Stat. §10A.27, subd. 9(a), when it gave a $500 contribution to the Boynton Senate Committee on February 5, 1995. Minn. Stat. Ch. 10A provides no penalty for this violation. (See findings attached).

Findings in the Matter of (Janice) Daley for State Representative 32B Committee - The Board found there is probable cause to believe that the Daley for State Representative 32B Committee violated Minn. Stat. §10A.27, subd. 9(b), when it gave a $140.63 contribution to the Paul Wellstone Campaign Committee on January 23, 1995. Minn. Stat. Ch. 10A provides no penalty for this violation. (See findings attached).

Conciliation Agreement in the Matter of Volunteers for Bob Anderson Committee - The Board considered the matter of the Volunteers for Bob Anderson Committee's acceptance of excessive contributions from special sources. The Board approved a minor change to the conciliation agreement which had been offered to Representative Anderson. The Board chair signed the revised agreement which had previously been signed by Representative Anderson.

Conciliation Agreement in the Matter of Steve Smith Volunteer Committee - The Board considered the matter of the Steve Smith Volunteer Committee's acceptance of excessive contributions from special sources. The Board approved a change in the payment schedule set forth in the conciliation agreement which had been offered to Representative Smith. The Board chair signed the revised agreement, which had previously been signed by Representative Smith.

ADJOURNMENT

Meeting adjourned.

Respectfully submitted,

Nancy Wilson, Secretary

(Minutes by staff)

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