Yesterday, we posted a screenshot of what the MN GOP reported to the Federal Elections Commission (“FEC”) on December 20th – and the number on line 10 (“Debts and Obligations Owed BY the Committee”") stood out: $542,005.12.
Because that number is pure BS.
Cue MPR’s Tom Scheck!
Republican official: MN GOP’s debt load ‘some ugly stuff’
by Tom Scheck, Minnesota Public Radio
December 30, 2011
St. Paul, Minn. – The Republican Party of Minnesota is heading into the 2012 elections with massive debt that could be as high as $2 million, party officials disclosed Friday.
A day before Republican delegates were to elect a new chairman, party officials conceded that the obligations include some debts the GOP had not disclosed. That could prompt additional fines from state and federal regulators. (more, here)
“…additional fines…” – Say, like the recent and near-record $170,000 fine the MN GOP was smacked with?
Now, let’s take a look at just one recently (December 20th, 2011) reported debt:
OK, it’s a little small. Here’s what that December 20th, 2011 debt reads:
Cardinals FEC Compliance Services – $42,915
But, what did the MN GOP tell the media, and and what did MPR report, about the MN GOP’s updated debts? Let’s look!
Cardinals FEC Compliance Services — $89,997
Ladies and Gentlemen, the MN GOP misreported to the FEC how much they owed the vendor they contracted with to ensure FEC reporting compliance!!!
And this is the party – the GOP – that’s always lecturing other people about fiscal responsibility?