Minn. GOP in debt for $500K

State Party Chairman Tony Sutton says the financial burden is due to Republican's calculated gamble in the 2010 elections. The state GOP spent heavily on campaigning and won the state Legislature for the first time in a generation.
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State Party Chairman Tony Sutton says the financial burden is due to Republican's calculated gamble in the 2010 elections. The state GOP spent heavily on campaigning and won the state Legislature for the first time in a generation.

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Report: State GOP is nearly $2 million in debt

Politics In Minnesota quotes sources saying the Minnesota Republican Party's debts reach to about $2 million. That's almost double a previous estimate. The debt comes from unpaid legal fees, an FEC fine and recent invoices that have ballooned the party's financial woes. The revelation comes on the eve of the state GOP electing a new chairman.

Former GOP chair on party debt: "Worth it"

Just hours after Republican officials declared the party $2 million in debt, former party leader Tony Sutton released a statement on his Facebook page saying the numbers reflect a hard fought election and campaign cycle, but that Minnesota is better off because of it.

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.

Report: Sutton signed deal obliging GOP to pay recount debt, didn't tell party officials

Some insiders in the Republican Party of Minnesota have been saying the group does not have to pay back nearly half a million dollars in legal fees stemming from the gubernatorial recount, but Politics in Minnesota reports former party chairman Tony Sutton signed a deal obliging the party to pay the debt. Furthermore, he says he cannot recall telling other party officials about the agreement.

Former state GOP chair won't face charges, prosecutor says

St. Paul City Attorney Sarah Grewing said Friday that she won't pursue criminal charges against former Minnesota Republican Party chairman Tony Sutton for fundraising irregularities. The matter has already led to fines against Sutton and the GOP. Gerwig wrote in a letter to The Associated Press that it would be hard to prove Sutton was willfully violating a state law.

Chairman Tony Sutton's spending led way to GOP's debt

Minnesota Public Radio reports Sutton was giving out hundreds of thousands of dollars to contractors and consultants with close ties to the party even as donations started to slow. Now, with the state GOP struggling under $2 million of debt, leaders are worried donors large and small will take their checkbooks elsewhere.

Deputy GOP chair gains support, mulls candidacy

Interim Republican chair Kelly Fenton is gaining support from party activists who want her to remain the GOP leader into 2012. Fenton replaced former chairman Tony Sutton after his resignation in December. Party officials will convene at the end of the month to name a permanent party leader.