ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure will investigate the state Republican Party for alleged campaign finance violations in 2010.

Common Cause Minnesota alleged last week that the state GOP circumvented disclosure laws by failing to reveal its role in management of a fund aimed at financing the 2010 recount in the governor’s race. The complaint also alleges the party filed false financial statements.

The Campaign Finance Board does not reveal the subjects of its investigation, but Common Cause director Mike Dean released a letter Monday from the agency’s director confirming an investigation.

State GOP officials have acknowledged the party is about $2 million in debt. Party spokeswoman Heather Dodgers-Rubash says the information that’s basis for the complaint was only known because the party revealed it voluntarily.

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Comments (30)
  1. Realist says:

    Brought to you by the fiscally-conservative party of family values.

  2. Citizen says:

    Brought to you by the party who wants to “balance” the federal budget.

    1. Not a party issue. says:

      It’s not a party thing.

      Obama’s budget is fiscally responsible! oh wait…he doesn’t have one. If we don’t have a budget, how can we balance one?

      We should be willing to just pay more in taxes as he wants to spend $3,800 BILLION when we only bring in $2,500 BILLION!

      If this were a public company, it would be bankrupt and the officers would be in jail because they’re not upholding their fiduciary responsibilities to the people that own the company and they’re not disclosing the true state of the company!

      Same should apply to politicians of any party.

      1. Realist says:

        See… In typical ignorant conservative form, this person completely ignores the topic and makes it all about Obama.

  3. G Dog says:

    Brought to you by the party that wants government out of people’s lives, but also wants to tell you what you can do with your body, who you can marry, how you have to pay a higher percentage of your income in taxes than a millionaire, etc. etc.etc.

    1. Do you want more millionaires or more deadbeats? says:

      Abortion should be a state issue, but it’s not. If you believe it’s an unborn person, you’re probably going to think it’s a bad thing. If slurping out a baby doesn’t bother you, so be it.

      Utah wasn’t allowed to be a state until they banned poligamy. Seems to be a precedent for defining who you can marry. People that marry and have kids have a 70+% chance of not being poor. Seems we would want more of that.

      Wrong. People with large incomes typically lose all of their deductions and pay around 45% of their income in taxes. About 1/2 of the people in the US, the lower half, pay near 0% or none! That’s not fair. If I have to pay 45% taxes on the $100 I made, you should have to pay something as well!

      Smart millionaires pay lots of taxes on their investments. These are taxed at lower capital gain rates? Why? Because they are first taxed at the corporate level…ie. double taxation. Buffet forgot to mention that, but maybe that’s because his company is arguing about BILLIONS in taxes it doesn’t way to pay. Income is a company expense and only taxed once. Do you really want companies to have a hard time getting access to capital to and equipment, plants and people? Maybe you want to encourage people to save and invest longer term? Or, do you want more unemployed people paying 0% taxes?

      1. Realist says:

        “People that marry and have kids have a 70+% chance of not being poor.”

        Gotta source for that?

        “About 1/2 of the people in the US, the lower half, pay near 0% or none! ”

        Can you tell me the average wage of this 1/2?

  4. Kevin says:

    I love it when Wccsnow uses the word GOP and Probe in the same sentence….I picture alien abductions or prison cavity searches… makes me laugh….

  5. Kevin D says:

    Brought to you by the party that rejects science if it doesn’t support the party’s agenda and brought to you by the party that simply invents its own “facts’ just because it thinks it can get away with it.

    1. Intestinal Fortitude required to support Obama says:

      Kevin D – I assume you’re an Obama backer. I respect your loyalty to your party. It’s been a rough few years for you.

      Your party’s biggest accomplishment was first ObamaCare (when we might have preferred jobs). How’s that going? Franken told his constituents it’s going to save lots of money (the same day DHS said otherwise). Why are all of those State, City, Union and Restaurants getting waivers? Hmmm.

      Do you really like Iran? They’re friendly to Americans, right? We would want to rely on their oil to power our Prius cars? Do you want to pay them for their oil? Or we would rather drill in the Gulf of Mexico? Or, would we rather rely on the mean and dangerous Canadians who have the largest proven reserve in the world? That would require another pipeline, but your team thinks it’s better to drill in gulf or buy from the Iranians so they can use the proceeds to build nukes. Smart? Not so much.

      I think you also forgot about about global warming facts that were a little bit inaccurate and covered up? Tell me, if sea levels are rising, why haven’t they risen much at all in the Netherlands over the past few hundred years?

      Do your own research, dude.

      1. Realist says:

        Yup. How typical. Criticize the GOP and you are an “Obama backer”. Then instead of addressing the topic, that being the GOP spending money they never had, this person decides to regurgitate GOP rhetoric. Not once is the original topic addressed… not once.

        1. Kevin D says:

          How very true. This deflection tactic is getting pretty old, but when one has absolutely nothing to say, no rational argument of any kind, that’s about the only thing left to do. Very, very sad and oh soooooooooo pathetic.

      2. Talking (Head) Point says:

        It’s also obvious that you posted the regurgitated rhetoric above as “Do you want more millionaires or more deadbeats?”. God help us if there are two such naive, simple minded people in this world. Oh wait, silly me, you’re just another good old Republican.

  6. Charles says:

    LOVE THIS! Every day something happens to the good ‘ol MN GOP. What a joke they are. I think this could be the makings of a good drinking game: MN GOP’s real agenda hit the surface, makes the news, TAKE A DRINK

  7. Realist says:

    Oh no, what have I created?!

    – Brought to you by the guy who started “brought to you by” on this thread.

    You’re welcome.

  8. GOPSUX says:

    No suprise here, the gop is thoroughly corrupt and has been since the 1920’s.

    1. DEMS SUX says:

      Brought to you by the morally corrupt and equally evil Democrats, since the inception of unions and the printing press.

    2. Kevin says:

      Yep….no corruption with the Dem’s…give me a freaking break….all politics are corrupt. They are all self fulfilling morons……

      1. G Dog says:

        The Repubs claim a “holier than thou” stance on everything. When they do stuff like this, they deserve the criticism.

        1. Realist says:

          “The Repubs claim a “holier than thou” stance on everything.”

          As of late this is spot on! The best part is the constant deflection. It doesn’t matter what the topic is… “Obamacare” will be a talking point.

      2. Realist says:

        Yet you defend the GOP? Why?

        1. Citizen says:

          @Realist. It appears that there are a couple of different posters using the name “Kevin.” Either that, or “Kevin” is a schizophrenic!

          1. Realist says:

            @Citizen Makes sense. That being two or more people sharing a common name.

          2. Kevin D says:

            I realize this may be a bit complicated for you, but take note: Yes there are 2 somewhat similar posters: Kevin and Kevin D. They are similar, but upon closer inspection there is a difference. Can you see it? It’s all about the details.

            1. Citizen says:

              @Kevin D. There is a third, sarcastically posting Kevin. The differences in the three are glaring!

  9. Chuck says:

    The new chair says they will have to raise more income to cover the shortfall. Can’t just cut their way to a balanced budget. Guess that only works in the public sector ie. Government!!!!

  10. Murph says:

    Another fine example of the GOP!

  11. Deq says:

    Barack Obama is a great president. You should be proud that your President is always the smartest dude in the room. As icing, he loves the Bulls.

    Obama will definitely be here next year. The republican options are typical cross section of their party, one guy who tosses his dying wife the curb, one who made millions destroying the middle class and one who was too incompetent to keep his job in the Senate.

    Wake up America.

  12. Mayhem says:

    The last time the GOP faced a probe…she got fired…or no….was asked to resign her uh, “position.”

    Them goofy GOP’ers…gotta love the fodder for cheap entertainment!

    “Im gunna be youre next prezuhdent!”

    Love, Mitt


    OBAMA 2012!!!! Whoot Whoot!!!

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