Thursday, October 13, 2005

Entenza hiring AG campaign staff?

As already reported in the pages of the Pioneer Press and on MDE, Matt Entenza is using his wife’s money to pay DFL-leaning 527s to do his dirty work.

D.C. group to hire for DFL campaigns
Committee helped party win 13 seats

Washington-based campaign committee that last year helped the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party win 13 seats in the Minnesota House and incurred a record fine for failing to properly report donations is seeking to hire one or more field workers to assist DFL-endorsed candidates in this fall's St. Paul city and school board elections, committee officials said Wednesday.

The committee - 21st Century Democrats - has long ties to St. Paul. Former St. Paul Mayor Jim Scheibel is vice chairman of the group's board. Last year, House Minority Leader Matt Entenza, DFL-St. Paul, donated $300,000 to the group, making him the committee's third-largest donor.

In an e-mail sent this week to supporters and contributors, 21st Century Democrats announced it was "currently hiring campaign staff to start IMMEDIATELY in Minnesota." The e-mail sought applicants for jobs as field organizers who would conduct voter canvasses, organize phone banks, conduct "opposition research" on other candidates and supervise summer interns.

Despite the reference to summer interns, Scheibel said Wednesday that 21st Century Democrats has not yet adopted a strategy for next year's state election campaigns. He said he believed the e-mail was seeking to hire one or two field workers to assist St. Paul mayoral candidate Chris Coleman and three DFL-endorsed school board candidates in the remaining four weeks of their campaigns.

Kelly Young, the executive director of the committee, said the e-mail's reference to summer interns was a mistake. She said the committee hoped to hire a single campaign worker who would help conduct a coordinated campaign for Coleman and the school board candidates.

In December 2004, the Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board imposed two fines, totaling nearly $318,000, against 21st Century Democrats for "inadvertent" violations of a campaign-finance reporting law. The board concluded that 21st Century Democrats failed to disclose in Minnesota all the donors to the national committee.

In a separate investigation initiated by the Minnesota Republican Party, the campaign finance board cleared 21st Century Democrats, the state Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party and three Democratic campaign committees of allegations that they improperly accepted and spent the money donated by Entenza. The Republican complaint did not accuse Entenza of any wrongdoing.

Twenty-first Century Democrats challenged that fine, and Scheibel said Wednesday the committee is negotiating to win a reduction in it.
(Source: Pioneer Press, Oct. 13, 2005)

It is well known among insiders of both parties that Entenza, an attorney, is eyeing the Office of Attorney General as a way to launch a gubernatorial bid, à la Mike Hatch.

In the 2004 elections, Entenza used the 21st Century Democrats as his personal field staff for the House DFL Caucus. Ultimately, the group was fined for their actions.


At 2:36 PM, Blogger Mike S said...

Correct your post.

That fine was unrelated to the 2004 campaign in Minnesota. Do some research before your post and you would be a little more credible...even if I disagree with your politics.

At 2:12 PM, Blogger Republican Minnesota said...

Mike, maybe you should correct your comment:

“Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board (“Board”) staff’s review of the 21st Century Democrats’
Report of Receipts and Expenditures for the period covering January 1, 2004, through August 23, 2004,
disclosed contributions from a associations not registered with the Board.”
1. There is evidence that the Minnesota Committee violated Minn. Stat. §10A.20, when the
Minnesota Committee failed to properly report contributions received from the National
Association on the Minnesota Committee’s Reports of Receipts and Expenditures for calendar
years 2001, 2002, and 2003 and for the periods covering January 1, 2004, through August 23,
2004, and January 1, 2004, through October 18, 2004.

2. The Minnesota Committee has amended Reports of Receipts and Expenditures for calendar years
2001 through 2003 and the period covering January 1, 2004, through October 18, 2004, to
disclose contributions from the National Association.

3. There is evidence that the Minnesota Committee inadvertently violated Minn. Stat. §10A.27,
subd. 13, when it accepted 25 contributions in excess of $100 from the National Association, an
unregistered association, without obtaining the required disclosure.

4. There is evidence that these contributions were not returned within 60 days. Prior to August 1,
2002, Minnesota Statutes Chapter 10A provided no penalty for a political committee that
accepted a contribution from an unregistered association. Since August 1, 2002, Minn. Stat.
§10A.27, subd. 13 (c), provides that the treasurer of a political committee that accepts a
contribution in excess of $100 from an unregistered association without the required written
disclosure is subject to a civil penalty of up to four times the amount by which the contribution
exceeded $100.

5. The Minnesota Committee has now obtained disclosure statements from the National Association
and provided this disclosure to the Board. However, these statements do not include all the
disclosure required by Minn. Stat. §10A.20.”
(Source: CFB Document).

So, you can see the, fine was for actions that took place between Jan. and Aug. of 2004.

At 2:02 PM, Blogger Mike S said...

What I was saying is that the fines were unrelated to Entenza's contributions and to their aid of House candidates...the subject of the post I was responding to.

But since you brought it up, most of those were from previous years anyway.

Entenza was never found to have done anthing wrong, despite numerous GOP attempts to show otherwise. I recall calls for hearings and all sorts of things that never turned up anything on Entenza.

At 2:59 PM, Blogger Republican Minnesota said...

So Mike, some of the were for 2004 after all.

If you know so much about Entenza, would you mind sharing with the amount his wife, Lois Quam, gives him for a weekly allowance?


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