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Will Quist unleash the lion on his paperwork problems?
All congressional candidates are required to file a financial disclosure so any conflicts of interest are public knowledge. The threshold is low, $5,000 raised or spent. Minnesota First District Republican candidate Allen Quist hasn’t done this.
The ironic thing is that Quist said that he’s a “stickler for accuracy“ in a MN-01 debate with Rep. Tim Walz (DFL-MN).
When Republican candidate Allen Quist clutched his pearls the other day and demanded an apology from his DFL opponent, Rep. Tim Walz, I rolled my eyes. In a MN-01 debate, Walz accused him of not supporting veterans because Quist said everything was on the table in regards to budget cuts. So obviously he had to revert to playing the victim and clutch at his pearls. But in the last paragraph of the story in the Mankato Free Press I was shocked to read this:
- “The reason I’m here is to have the record set straight,” Quist said. “I’m a stickler for accuracy.”
What changes Quist’s inability to file basic campaign paperwork from ironic to humorous is that Quist’s deadline was five months ago.
U.S. House of Representatives candidates are required to file their form when they exceed $5,000 in campaign funds raised or spent during the race. The rules require the report be filed within 30 days of passing that threshold to become a “qualified” candidate or by May 15, which ever one is the later date. Additionally, “qualified” candidates must file no later than 30 days before any election the candidates will participate in, such as a primary. If candidates pass the threshold within the 30 days until an election, they are required to file immediately.
Quist announced his congressional bid in December of 2011. Between Jan. 1 and March 31, Quist raised $37,710 for his campaign, according to his FEC quarterly filings. The Office of the Clerk for the U.S. House of Representatives does not have a filing list for Quist in its data base for 2011 and 2012.
(New Ulm Journal)
Seriously. Who’s in charge of this clown show?