Coleman donor lawsuits get more complicated


The lawsuits involving Sen. Norm Coleman and his donor/friend Nasser Kazeminy keep getting dirtier. The lawsuits were anything but a last-minute attack, according to the Pioneer Press report today.

On Oct. 10, shareholders in the Texas company controlled by Kazeminy "served a legal letter on its officers alleging Kazeminy wanted to pay the senator directly in quarterly cash payments of $25,000."

More from the Pioneer Press:

According to the allegations, some company officers blocked the move, and Kazeminy then tried to funnel $100,000 to Coleman through his wife's employer before a whistleblower blocked the move, according to legal filings that became widely available Monday.

A different lawsuit with the claim of indirect payments was filed the week before the Nov. 4 election, and Coleman, a Republican, put out a TV ad calling it an "11th-hour attack" by Democratic opponent Al Franken, who said he knew nothing about the lawsuit.

"Our past statements stand," Coleman campaign manager Cullen Sheehan said Monday. "I think it was absolutely an 11th-hour attack. It was made public to the general public a week or two before the general election."

None of the lawsuits allege that Coleman knew of the attempt to funnel money to him. Kazeminy has vehemently denied the allegations.

One other thing of note. This looks more like a weird slip by Coleman in his disclosure forms, but Talking Points Memo brings up some confusion over Laurie Coleman's job at Hays Companies. We still think her job is legit, but take this for what it's worth:

Hays declared that Laurie Coleman "has been an Independent Contractor for Hays Companies since 2006," without elaborating as to the nature of her work for Hays.

But on his Senate disclosure forms for 2006 and 2007, Norm Coleman explicitly lists the type of income that his wife received from Hays as "salary" -- which by definition would render Laurie Coleman an employee, rather than an independent contractor.