Minn. Fines GOP Donor For Using False Identity

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota regulators are levying a $21,000 fine against a Republican political donor sought nationally for fraud.

The Campaign Finance Board ruled Wednesday that a contributor known as Bobby Thompson broke state law by giving $13,000 to Minnesota GOP candidates, funds and committees using a false identity. He was also linked to a $500 donation to Republican gubernatorial candidate Marty Seifert under the name Maria D’Annuzio, which couldn’t be verified.

The board found no cause that Seifert’s campaign or the other recipients, including the House Republican Campaign Committee, knew of the problem.

Thompson’s group of charities, the U.S. Navy Veterans Association, has drawn scrutiny from authorities in other states. Ohio’s attorney general is seeking to arrest Thompson on identity fraud, money laundering and other charges.

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  • Carl

    The House Republican Campaign Committee knew nothing? More like don’t ask don’t tell.

    Praise Jebus, God hates honesty, Amen.

  • Bryson Powers

    A dishonest Republican! How gullible do they think we are? It’s probably that liberal media elite doing that there.

    • Vern

      It was the Minnesota regulators who caught the guy. Given that state employees a long tenured, these would be people hired under a GOP or Ventura administration.

  • aghast@yahoo.com

    Money laundering? Does that mean he’s making donations in exchange for favors?

  • Steve

    How much money does and honest Republican have?…None ..their broke…

  • DFL Bash Party?

    So what’s worse…the DFLr’s who cheat on their taxes or the GOP donor who wants to remain un named?

    • Grover

      Neither is worse nor is either right. At least try to have some morals

    • Carl

      If their crusade is so virtuous why all the secrecy and manipulation?

      Praise Jebus, God hates sunshine, Amen.

    • WHAT?????

      DFL Bash Party?
      Both of the options that you are stating there are illegal. Not paying taxes is a double edged sword though were sometimes there is jail time and others there is a fine and then you pay back what you owe with interest. My question to you is what does that have to do with the story? Are you going to go into the stupid old “voter fraud” rhetoric as well? Let’s try and stay on track here and talk about the story that was post and that is a donor that was giving more than what is allowed in many different names in many states. I fail to see what this has to do with tax evasion but you can try and veer everyone away from the story I guess. It is going to be rather futile to do and is just hurting your case but by all means, put the carrot on the stick and see who takes the bait and follows you down the detour. Why is it that when someone backs a party and not a person they will try everything they can to stand up for the party no matter what the person does? Wake up, there are going to be idiots in each party as people are faulty and this includes all not just 1 side. You can go through life blindly following someone because of a party (which is a cult) or you can follow a person you agree with (which is called intelligent).

  • Interesting...

    Most big political donors give to both parties. I’d be curious if he gave to t he DFL. He may have.

  • Jack Hoff

    GOP = rotten filth. Nothing more, nothing less.

  • Unibomber

    I gave money to the GOP under the name Jeffrey Dahmer.

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