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By The Numbers: The MN GOP’s Cooked Books

by TwoPuttTommy on December 31, 2011

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.

Why?

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?

Yep!

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?

Yep!

Because, Republicans are always demanding fiscal responsibility – of OTHERS.

Alec January 2, 2012 at 12:23 am

When the fry who used to cook the cooks just isn’t cutting it, you fire the cook and hire a professional chef. Time for some real gourmet Enron style cooking.

ericf January 2, 2012 at 12:41 am

Surely an Enron lobbyist has access to all sorts of big money.  Given how civic minded Enron was, and much the public respects corporate lobbyists, what a perfect choice for a party with an image problem.

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