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We all agree that Minnesota legislators should stand up for middle class families. But would politician Vern Swedin stand up for us? Swedin was on the board of a company that sent American jobs overseas.

Swedin Was a Board Member for ARCUS, LLC, a Company That Outsources Jobs Swedin’s LinkedIn profile listed himself as: Advisory board member ARCUS, LLC Privately Held; 51-200 employees; Outsourcing/Offshoring industry 2010 – November 2011 (1 year) [Linkedin.com, accessed 09/25/12] On February 8, 2011, the ARCUS website said: Arcus offers solutions to the United States and Latin America with the support of its near shore contact center located in Costa Rice. [Arcus.net, accessed through web.archive.org, 09/26/12] ARCUS Posted Tips On Outsourcing. On its blog, ARCUS CEO Doug Firestone posted a “Top 10 Outsourcing Tips” [arcustalent.blogspot.com, accessed 09/25/12] Swedin Founded or Was a Top Executive for at Least Five Different Companies That Have Gone Out of Business. 1. Rudder Capital Corporation: Swedin is listed as a member of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer on Rudder Capital Secretary of State filings. In a 2007 filing with the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission, Swedin is listed as Board Chair.

And he ran five companies that went out of business, leaving a string of unpaid debts.

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[Minnesota Secretary of State Records; PUC Document ] Rudder Communications Corp: Swedin is listed under historical contacts as the CEO in Rudder Communications corporate filings between 2007 and 2008. [LexisNexis] Rudder Digital Inc.: Swedin is listed under historical contacts as the CEO in Rudder Digital Inc. corporate filings between 2007 and 2008. [LexisNexis] URON: Swedin was the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer. The website no longer works and the company no longer exists. [PUC Document ] Lone Palm Properties Inc.: The executive officer is listed as Swedin’s current business (Swedin Corp) address. Swedin is listed as the CEO. The business status is inactive and the company was dissolved in 2009. [Minnesota Secretary of State Records]

Swedin and his companies have hundreds of thousands of dollars in federal liens for unpaid taxes.

Swedin Left Behind Hundreds of Thousands of Dollars in Federal Liens. Federal tax liens files against Rudder Digital Inc. total $390,903.39. [Records obtained from the Dakota County Recorders’ Office] Swedin Left Behind Nearly One Million Dollars from Unpaid Lenders. Rudder civil judgments and liens during Swedin’s known tenure amount to nearly a million dollars. [Leonard, Street and Deinard Professional Association (Plaintiff) v. Rudder Capital Corporation and FTTH Communications, LLC (Defendants), Complaint Section III., State of Minnesota, County of Dakota, District Court, First Judicial District, Case Type: Contract, 10/01/08; Mlaskoch Utility Construction Inc. (Plaintiff) v. FTTH Communications, LLC and Rudder Capital Corporation (Defendants), Notice of Docketing of Judgment, State of Minnesota, County of Ramsey, District Court, Second Judicial District, Case Type:

And nearly a million dollars in lawsuits from unpaid lenders.

Contract, Court File Number: 62-CV-07-3085, 1/25/08; Eagan Business Commons II, LLC (Plaintiff) v. Rudder Capital Corporation and Ronald E. Noden (Defendants), Notice of Entry and Statement of Judgment, State of Minnesota, County of Dakota, District Court, First Judicial District, Court File Number: 19HA-CV-10-3469, 5/28/10; HLB Tautges Redpath, Ltd. (Plaintiff) v. FTTH Communications, LLC and Rudder Capital Corporation (Defendants), Notice of Entry and Docketing of Judgment, State of Minnesota, County of Ramsey, District Court, Second Judicial District, Case Type: Contract, Court File Number: 62-CV-08-9748, 11/24/08]

And Swedin and his wife even filed for personal bankruptcy.

Swedin Filed for Personal Bankruptcy. On June 2, 1997, Darcie and Vern Swedin filed for bankruptcy with a LeCenter address and multiple debtors. His companies listed are Central Construction, Genesis Industrial, Movie Time and Grass So Green. [Lexis-Nexis public records] Republicans Used Short-Term Gimmicks to Balance the State Budget. On July 20, 2011, the Star Tribune wrote: [The state budget] called for withholding $700 million in payments to K-12 schools, pushing the amount owed schools to a record $2.1 billion and selling nearly $700 million in bonds backed by revenue from the state’s tobacco settlement for the rest. [Star Tribune, 07/20/11] Minnesota Faces $1 Billion Budget Deficit. On February 29, 2012, MN Budget Project wrote: …the forecast still shows a $1.1 billion deficit in FY 2014-15. If the impact of inflation is included, the deficit is closer to $2.2 billion. And paying back the rest of the school shifts would add another $2.4 billion. [MN Budget Project, 02/29/12]

Now Swedin wants to join a Republican Senate that mismanaged the state budget and shut down our government.

Republicans Shut Down State Government. Governor Dayton proposed seven budget compromises to avoid a government shutdown. [MPR, 02/28/11; MPR, 05/16/11; MPR, 07/01/11; MPR, 07/06/11; Star Tribune, 07/12/11; MPR, 07/14/11] On July 1, 2011, the Star Tribune wrote: Talks imploded Thursday between DFL Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican legislative leaders in the final hours before a midnight deadline and Minnesota began a historic government shutdown. [Star Tribune, 07/01/11]

All to give a tax break to big corporations

Republicans Rejected a Budget Offer That Closed Corporate Tax Loopholes. Governor Dayton’s June 30, 2011 budget offer, which Republicans rejected, would have closed corporate tax loopholes to save $303 million. [Office of the Governor, 07/01/11]

Swedin couldn’t be trusted with American jobs or his own business finances, so why should we trust him with our state budget? Vern Swedin is wrong for Minnesota. Paid advertisement. Independently prepared and paid for by the Alliance for a Better Minnesota Action Fund.

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