Some of you may recall that Sen. David Thompson (R-Lakeville) worked for the Republican Party of Minnesota while he ran for office. The DFL filed an ethics complaint. It turns out it is legal to run for office in Minnesota while getting paid by a political party.
Of course, the only time the MNGOP is concerned with ethics is if they think they’ve busted the DFL for doing something untoward. Ethics for Thee, but not for Me could be their motto.
The reason I bring this up is that Thompson still hasn’t been paid for running for office.
Over at LeftMN, Steve Timmer writes about the decision of the Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board on a complaint Common Cause of Minnesota filed against the Republican Party and state senator Dave Thompson. From LeftMN:
- This is, of course, a problem, not only for regulators and law enforcement, but also for members and contributors to the MNGOP. Well, and to anybody else concerned about what the MNGOP was buying with its money – if, indeed, anything. Among those who might be concerned are probably the fifteen counties, four law firms, a printing company and a couple of PR firms that the MNGOP stiffed in 2010 (scroll down to the very last page of the fourth restatement of the 2010 report to the CFB dated July 25, 2012).
But Tony Sutton was able to find the money to pay Dave. [emphasis added]
Sadly, no. Thompson’s fees are listed as debts on federal reports at the close of 2010 and beyond, though not state reports to which Timmer directs his readers (which was rather one of the points of the Common Cause complaint after all).
But here’s the deal. Shouldn’t the two filings match? Why is there a discrepancy? Is it because the MNGOP’s campaign filings are an utter disaster?