ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota GOP has agreed to pay a $170,000 fine to settle a series of federal campaign finance reporting violations.

The party announced the agreement with the Federal Election Commission late Thursday.

Federal regulators found a series of violations in the party’s 2006 and 2007 reports, such as failing to disclose outstanding debts and transferring more money than allowed from the party’s state account into its federal account.

GOP Chairman Tony Sutton says the fine is a “hard lesson” and that other state parties have paid civil penalties for similar violations. He says the Minnesota GOP has taken measures to improve its compliance with federal campaign reporting law.

The matter stemmed from a complaint filed by a watchdog group called Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington.

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Comments (6)
  1. Kathy says:

    I’m glad to see that someone is monitoring things.

    Fort Knox had conducted a recall over the past years. The only thing that makes sense is a plan to more fully back another form of currency.

    The high price means nothing on worthless stock certificates when the value of the dollar is reduced to paper

    I wonder how many people parted with their gold. High prices seduced many, I’m sure.

  2. Dave Campbell says:

    How is this going to get paid when they caan’t pay their bill the way it is? Better give the Koch brothers a call for some petty cash!

  3. GOPSUX says:

    Dirty republican filth up to no good as usual. sutton looks like Jabba the Hut.

  4. M B says:

    Multiple state GOPs have been fined for transferring too much money into the national GOP fund?

    Hmmm…. That alone should tell you who’s buying off the government. Pay in to your local GOP so we can buy an election! Because money does talk after all.

  5. Marcus B says:

    I like corn dogs.

  6. jeff says:

    what a big surprise this is.

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