Financial chicanery goes beyond recount
SEE ALSO: MNGOP: Alleged recount debt conspiracy could mean jail time for Sutton, dissolution of partyAn email obtained by the Minnesota Campaign Finance Board suggests the MNGOP's alleged illegal financial shenanigans might not have been limited to the effort to pay legal bills stemming from the th ... More >>
Lawmakers have Secretary of State Mark Ritchie and Attorney General Lori Swanson at their disposal to defend lawsuits against approved legislation, but in the case of the voter ID amendment, MNGOP leaders don't trust the left-leaning duo to do a satisfactory job.As a result, the Legislative Coordina ... More >>
Gil Paar, an elderly veteran living in Racine, Wisconsin, wanted to use his veteran ID card as proof of identification when he tried to cast his ballot in a local school board election this winter. But an election judge shot him down, pointing out that Wisconsin's voter ID law requires voters to hav ... More >>
Secretary of the Senate Cal Ludeman has retained an outside attorney to help handle a forthcoming lawsuit from former employee Michael Brodkorb, but won't disclose how much the attorney is being paid for her services.In many cases, because of the attorney-client privilege, Ludeman's nondisclosure wo ... More >>
So far this legislative session, Gov. Mark Dayton has vetoed 12 bills. Seven of them were originally drafted by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).According to MinnPost, five of the vetoed ALEC bills would have reduced corporate exposure to lawsuits and potential damages in Minnesota. ... More >>
The MNGOP is $2 million in debt. But did you know the MNDFL is also in the red?DFL Chair Ken Martin disclosed that his party is $581,000 in debt earlier this month -- about $350,000 more than the debt he discussed with reporters late last year.So why hasn't the DFL's debt gotten more coverage? Co ... More >>
mmtzjr69outTwo investment firms are urigng Target and 3M not to repeat the mistakes of 2010.The donations Target and 3M made in 2010 to a Republican-run anti-gay group continue to land them in hot water a year and a half later. Yesterday, two large progressive investment firms -- Trillium Asset M ... More >>
We knew that the Minnesota Republican Party's financial situation is ugly -- but in self-flagellating with the ugly stick, did the MNGOP also violate the law?Yes it did, argues Mike Dean, Common Cause Minnesota's executive director.
Gay marriage foes with fat wallets want to stay in the closet.Minnesota corporations can't make secret donations in favor of or against a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage, the Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board ruled Thursday. Target, you've been warned. The ... More >>
Confused about who and what they wanted you to vote for?Two anti-gay marriage groups, one of them national and one based here in Minnesota, are being accused of hiding hundreds of thousands of dollars in lobbying expenditures during 2010. Common Cause Minnesota filed complaints against the N ... More >>
Will fallout from congressional ethics scandals finally prompt change at the Capitol?
You pay Tony Sutton to serve the state of Minnesota. The Republican Party pays Tony Sutton to serve them.
Lawmakers wanted to reform campaign finance laws this year. So what happened?
The Republicans see no evil-- and most of the Democrats don't seem to, either
What's behind the governor's latest spouting and pouting about the media?
Julie Idelkope says she can tell the difference between city hall and her Northwest Airlines office. Critics are not so sure.
It's clean. It's legal. Best of all, your constituents don't have to know.
If there were any doubts that Reno is in a self-evident conflict of interest, the revelation that the White House was able to conceal the videotapes from her less-than-zealous Justice Department underlings should remove those doubts.
The real outrage is that big money interests can purchase politicians and policy in ways that are perfectly legal.
Bill Clinton's Indonesian connection brought him campaign cash in exchange for influence--and continued inaction on the country's notorious human rights abuses.