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Did the MNGOP pay Sen. Thompson to run for office?

by The Big E on January 24, 2012 · 6 comments

Are you an unemployed Republican? Are you thinking of running for office? Well, the Minnesota Republican party has a solution for you. It appears that they’ll pay you to run for office.

DFL Party Chair Ken Martin filed a campaign finance complaint against Sen. Dave Thompson for receiving a paycheck from his party while running for office. Thompson did not report the income.

MPR News reported last week that the Republican Party paid Thompson $70,000 over the last two years. Martin said Thompson should have disclosed the income, which is required by law.

He also said he finds it questionable that the Republican Party paid Thompson while he was running for office.

“I don’t think political parties should be putting candidates for office on their payroll,” Martin said. “I don’t know what the illegalities of that are but clearly I think there are some ethical questions that need to be answered there.”

– Photo from MPR

Alec January 24, 2012 at 7:23 am

When you come from communities of white privilege, where you have no habits of work, or examples of people who work you start to think that getting $70,000 for doing nothing is normal. Doesn’t everyone get 70k for doing nothing?

tall4562 January 24, 2012 at 6:57 pm

I would guess that there is NO statute that prohibits this kind of thing. However, when your candidate for State Auditor can’t get $10,000 out of the MNGOP to help run her campaign this should make anyone who donated money to the MNGOP hopping mad!

mndem-dot-com January 24, 2012 at 11:28 pm

I also wrote about this at… and Dave Mindeman at mnoACT! has written a couple times about it.

The Big E January 24, 2012 at 11:41 pm

Republicans will always push the ethical envelope, because the only thing that matters is what they can accomplish. The means to the end are irrelevant. So … as long as Thompson doesn’t face any jail time, Thompson and the MNGOP don’t care.

Alec January 25, 2012 at 1:49 am

The Republicans rail against the entitlement class, when ironically the most entitled class are conservatives. They see no conflict of interest because they are entitled to 70k jobs for doing nothing. You are not entitled to food stamps if you get laid off from the three jobs you work just to get by, but they are entitled to these divine benefits of being a connected, white, male.

There is zero hypocrisy or conflict in the eyes of a group of thugs who believe the pie was made for them. It’s just theirs.

ericf January 25, 2012 at 3:07 am

It’s not illegal so far as I know, and the ethics of a party finding paying work that let’s a candidate run is arguably defensible, but wouldn’t you be concerned if you were a potential Republican candidate? Individuals don’t have to be neutral in who they support, but supposedly the party apparatus is neutral between candidates until an endorsement is given. If one candidate is freed financially to campaign full-time while other candidates have to campaign in off-hours or live off savings, that sounds unfair. So I would think other Republican candidates/potential candidates would be a lot more upset than us.

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