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Finance Board Letter 120131

Finance Board Letter 120131

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Minnesota
Campaign Finance
and
Public Disclosure
Board
January 26, 2012Mr. Ken Martin,
Chair
Minnesota
DFL
Party255 East Plato Blvd.St. Paul,
MN
55107Re: Complaint regarding Senator David ThompsonDear Mr. Martin:The Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board has received
your
complaint datedJanuary 23, 2012, regarding the alleged failure
of
Senator David Thompson to include allrequired information on his Statements
of
Economic Interest filed with the Board.Under the authority delegated to
me
by the Board, I have reviewed the complaint and concludedthat it does not provide a sufficient basis for the commencement
of
a Board investigation.The complaint cites media articles to support an allegation that the Republican Party
of
Minnesota ("the RPM") paid Senator Thompson $70,000. However, the only documentationyou have provided is a Federal Communications Commission report showing a payment
of
$3,750 with a described purpose
of
"General Party Media Consulting." If you have otherdocumentation
of
the alleged $70,000
in
payments and wish to submit it, the Board will re-evaluate
your
complaint.
At
this time, your complaint is considered on the basis
of
thedocumented $3,750 payment.Minnesota Statutes section 1 OA.09 requires a public official, which includes a legislator, todisclose, among other things, "the name and address
of
each associated business and thenature
of
that association." The Board's Economic Interest Statement form is designed toprovide that disclosure without the official being required to look up the definition
of
an"associated business." However, in evaluating your complaint, I turn to the statutory definition.Minnesota Statutes section 1 OA.01, subd.
5,
defines "associated business". The definition hasthree components: (1) the business must be one
of
the specified types
of
entities, (2) thebusiness must
have
paid the official more than $50, and (3) the payment
must
be made to theofficial in one
of
the specified relationships to the business.An associated business may be, among other things, an association such as a political partyunit. Thus, your complaint is sufficient in alleging that a business
of
the specified type made apayment
to
an official in the requisite amount. However,
your
complaint is insufficient
in
allegingone
of
the statutorily specified relationships between the business and the official.Suite
190
• Centennial Office Building • 658 Cedar Street •
St.
Paul,
MN
55155-1603651-296-5148 • 800-657-3889 •
FAX
651-296-1722 • 800-357-4114 • cf.board@state.mn.usFor TTY/TDD communication contact
us
through
the
Minnesota Relay Service at 800-627-3529
ANEQUAL
OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

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