State officials have opened an investigation following allegations that the Republican Party may have violated campaign finance rules. The Minnesota GOP is $2 million in debt. That includes $415,000 of debt that party officials reportedly failed to disclose. The Pioneer Press says the GOP could face federal penalties, as well.
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Minnesota GOP owes $2 million in debt, could face more fines
The state's Republican Party on Friday disclosed new financial information, including $415,211 in debt that had never been reported. Party officials say they've found no evidence that anything illegal occurred, though, as the Star Tribune reports, the undisclosed debt could result in new fines. The party's outstanding obligations now total $2 million, including $700,000 owed to lawyers involved in the recount.
Cash strapped Minnesota GOP missed rent payments
The state Republican Party's financial situation is so bad the party skipped a couple of rent payments on its St. Paul headquarters. As the party struggles to pay off a debt of one million dollars, the national GOP is worried about the state party's ability to help Republican candidates this fall.
Regulators fine Minnesota GOP, former chairman over 2010 recount
The Minnesota Campaign Finance Board Friday imposed fines on the Minnesota Republican Party, former chairman Tony Sutton and a separate corporation over the financing of the recount in the 2010 governor's race between Republican Tom Emmer and Democrat Mark Dayton. The state GOP was fined $26,900, while Sutton and Count Them All Properly Inc. were fined $3,000 each.
Three candidates jockey to take over Minnesota GOP
Republican activists are set to pick a new chairman Saturday to replace Tony Sutton, who resigned earlier this month as the party's debt problems came to light. The three candidates pitched their plans for restoring the party's financial stability and public credibility at a forum on Thursday night.
Resignations, finances hurt GOP hopes to make Minnesota a 2012 battleground
The Republican presidential candidate will likely consider the condition of the state party in deciding how much time and money to spend in Minnesota. Along those lines, recent resignations amid scandal and debt have hurt the state's standing.
Senate GOP admits publicly-funded brochure had campaign material
Senators first called the piece an update to constituents on legislative business. But spokesman Steve Sviggum says it did have the web address of a political fundraising site. Sviggum says the GOP will reimburse the state for the cost of the brochures but DFLers want the senators involved punished.
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