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Senator Carlson Named in DFL's Caucus Violation

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Senator Jim Carlson was named along with several other senators, in the DFL Senate caucus's violating of campaign finance rules by spending over the limit in the last election. Now the DFL senate caucus will have to pay a $100,000 fine. I'm sure the DFL Senate caucus feels this is a small price to pay for taking the election away from their opponents. To be charitable, it may have been a bona fide mistake, CFB rules can be tricky to follow, just like understanding and following the tax laws. Then again it doesn't matter if it was or was not. The damage is done and the election of 2012 can never be viewed as fair now. 

Republicans, like Senator Ted Daily, Rep. Doug Wardlow and Rep. Diane Anderson stayed within the Campaign Finance rules and lost. The DFL's win at any cost attitude should not be allowed to continue, especially in the next election.

Here's the link to the Campaign Finance Board ruling: http://www.cfboard.state.mn.us/bdinfo/investigation/12_17_2013_DFL_Senate_Caucus_Findings.pdf

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Kathleen Farber January 02, 2014 at 01:33 PM
This whole thing is a tempest in a Tea (Party) Pot. The so called violation was the use of a photograph in independent campaign literature. The Senators did not know their photographs were going to be used for this purpose, that is why they were absolved of any wrong-doing and the Independent spenders (the DFL) got the fine. If ANYBODY VOTED for Jim Carlson, only because he looked so stunningly handsome in that photograph, and would have otherwise voted for his opponent--if this really swayed ANYBODY'S vote, I would like them to speak up now. I personally voted for Carlson because he is extremely intelligent, educated and responsive to constituents.
Jerry Lewie January 02, 2014 at 01:34 PM
If Carlson and his cronies were smart, they'd say, "Sorry, we made a mistake ... an all-time, record-breaking by hundreds of thousands of dollars, illegal mistake." However, the number of times Senator Carlson has been voted in and out of office ... and the fact that Carlson sends his Senate District DFL Chair, John Wells, and other cronies here to call people liars ... makes one wonder what else they have to hide?
Kathleen Farber January 02, 2014 at 01:38 PM
Just for the record--nobody "sent me" anywhere.
Kathleen Farber January 02, 2014 at 01:40 PM
So, if anybody IS saying that I was "sent", that would be an incorrect statement.
Jerry Lewie January 02, 2014 at 01:45 PM
I said Carlson sent his cronies. Do you speak for Carlson's cronies?
Jerry Lewie January 02, 2014 at 01:58 PM
Now Senator Carlson and his cronies tell us they wasted all of the illegal $300,000.00 on a single photograph! Advice to Carlson's cronies: STOP DIGGING!
KJ January 02, 2014 at 02:03 PM
That's not what anyone is saying. Good god, you are dumb.
Jerry Lewie January 02, 2014 at 02:09 PM
Wow, try to give Senator Carlson and his cronies some friendly advice, and the name calling just continues. I'm not the one who claims to have wasted all of the illegal $300,000.00 on a single photograph!
Jeff Schuette January 02, 2014 at 04:57 PM
When I stated that the individual senators would have to face a civil fine I may have gotten that wrong. I apologize. John you were right in the report under the "order", that no campaign would be fined. I was referring to a quote from the press release below: "Campaign Finance Board Rules Democrat Campaigning Illegal $100,000 fine one of the largest in state history The Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board today levied a $100,000 civil penalty against the Minnesota DFL Senate Caucus for illegal campaign coordination with thirteen of their candidates in the 2012 election. In its ruling, the Board indicated it also plans to fine each of the candidate’s campaigns, since properly reclassifying the expenditures means that the candidates illegally exceeded their campaign contribution and/or spending limits. A total of over $300,000 in illegal contributions were not reported by the campaigns." This information may have come out before the final ruling. My opinion is that the Senators DID know what they were doing, because when you read the ruling, the CFB board also says, That during interviews candidates questioned the photo shoots. This is direct from the report: "The candidates knew that the photo shoots were not projects of their own committees and that the photo shoots were being conducted by the Senate Caucus Party Unit for use in the party unit’s 2012 election efforts. Board records indicate that no candidate reported any approved expenditure related to the photo shoots, so it is apparent that each candidate considered the photo shoots to be an independent activity of the Senate Caucus Party Unit. Some candidates acknowledged that they suspected that the photo shoots were for the purpose of developing independent expenditures and believed inquiring further regarding the purpose of the photo shoots could destroy the independence of those expenditures." The "math" is easy. They should have been IN-KIND contributions, thus $31,917.23 should have been in the Carlson expenditures and was not.
Jeff Schuette January 02, 2014 at 05:07 PM
Oh Boy, here we go again with citizens united. Money is speech. Lets just take that away. I'd rather get rid of all the crazy hard to follow CFB rules. Wouldn't you agree DFLers! The real problem is union dues turned into campaign literature for the libs. We have the Koch brothers and you have George Soros, so what.
Jerry Lewie January 02, 2014 at 05:18 PM
Now, who am I to believe? Jeff, who believes Senator Carlson DID know exactly what he was doing when he and the 13 cronies broke the state record for lawbreaking? Or John, Carlson's DFL Chair, who would have you believe Senator Carlson does NOT know what he is doing?
Jerry Lewie January 02, 2014 at 05:20 PM
Or Hillary, who says, "What difference does it make?"
KJ January 02, 2014 at 05:36 PM
Well, Schuette, it's my belief that you DID know exactly what you were doing when you lied about the Board's decision. And you DID know exactly what you were doing when you gave the impression that the spending wasn't disclosed at all (instead of mis-classified). And that you DID know that the total spending for Daley was more than it was for Senator Carlson, when you implied that the spending difference caused Daley to lose the election. That's what I meant by the math. No matter how you try to twist the facts and mislead the readers of your blog, Daley spent more than Carlson, and Daley lost. You never addressed that point. So how much of a spending advantage do you think Daley needed in order to win that election?
Barbara Gilbertson January 02, 2014 at 06:04 PM
Memo to self: Radical-right Republican-speak (RRRS) on this thread seems to be channeling the voices of a couple of discredited, defeated GOPers. The child-like ranting, taunting tone, name-calling and flagrant distortion (big words, I know...maybe better to simplify to RRRS level as "great big lies") here are very familiar. Jim Carlson has world-class integrity -- something in short supply on the radical right. Perhaps that's why you don't recognize it when you see it?
Jerry Lewie January 02, 2014 at 07:25 PM
Wow, Carlson's cronies ALMOST have me believing that their state record illegal $300,000.00 lawbreaking is a good thing!
KJ January 02, 2014 at 07:32 PM
Schuette, you must be embarrassed that this Lewie guy is the only one on your side.
Mark C Dingmann January 02, 2014 at 07:38 PM
Talk about rants and radicals, the left always points the finger, not realizing they have three fingers pointing back at them. If it is found that Carlson violated campaign finance rules, he should come clean. End of story.
Jerry Lewie January 02, 2014 at 07:40 PM
Carlson's cronies must love the fact that the DFL was fined over this huge and illegal waste of money ... so much so that they are trolling all over a Republican blog to promote it!
KJ January 02, 2014 at 07:46 PM
The right-wing echo chamber is really astounding. No one is trolling, rather trying to correct the misinformation that you all insist on spewing out to the public, and directing you back to the facts. Read the decision. The Campaign Finance Board found the DFL Senate Caucus at fault and fined it, NOT the individual candidates. Senator Carlson did nothing wrong. End of story. Meanwhile, no one has responded to explain why Daley still lost the election even though the facts show he enjoyed the spending advantage. Sour, sour grapes - the 2012 election is over. You lost. Move on!
Jerry Lewie January 02, 2014 at 08:05 PM
Yes, Carlson and his cronies did nothing wrong, that's why the DFL is being fined $100,000.00 for their historic, record-breaking $300,000.00 scandal. Where does Senator Carlson and his cronies want people against this historic lawbreaking to move? Over to the DFL blogs?
KJ January 02, 2014 at 08:26 PM
I'm not going to keep repeating the facts, since you clearly are either incapable of understanding them or refuse to do so. But do recall that Pawlenty's own campaign was fined $100,000 in 2002 for accepting illegal contributions of $800,000 from the Republican Party - a fine that could have reached $3.2 million (http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200210/11_khoom_pawlenty/). This is my last comment. You can try to bury the truth again by making another ludicrous statement, and people like you think they win simply by having the last word. But hopefully the citizens of the district will carefully read through this piece and the comments and separate the truth from the fiction, and observe how the Republicans are incapable of explaining why Daley lost even though it is undisputed that he had the spending advantage.
Jerry Lewie January 02, 2014 at 09:41 PM
Pawlenty? What happened to blaming Bush for everything? So you are saying Daley was able to raise all that money without stooping to Senator Carlson's illegal level? Good for you, Ted Daley! Carlson's cronies have control of the government, but it's good to see other Minnesotan politicians willing to keep their integrity!
Johnny Johnson January 02, 2014 at 10:29 PM
Mark Dayton is a totally drunk, can't get a sentence completed without belching. And MNSURE is a disaster . What a combo
John Wells January 03, 2014 at 07:42 PM
Thank you for the apology, Jeff. ("When I stated that the individual senators would have to face a civil fine I may have gotten that wrong. I apologize. John you were right in the report under the "order", that no campaign would be fined.") Maybe I was hasty in calling the blog a lie and, by inference, you a liar. A "lie" requires an intent to mislead by intentional misstating of fact. If you would follow through on your apology by editing the blog to remove the false and misleading headline and delete the suggestion that the Campaign Finance Board suggested that Senator Carlson or the other senators erred in any way then I would be happy to say I erred in calling the blog a lie and you, a liar. Instead, we would all agree that it was just a mistake and a mis-statement on your part. No lie; no liar.
Barbara Gilbertson January 03, 2014 at 09:17 PM
I must have missed this ^ apology. Would appreciate chance to read it. Thanks.
Jerry Lewie January 03, 2014 at 10:40 PM
That's how it works: Democrats break laws, sneakily avoid punishment, then expect poor Jeff to apologize for the sins of Senator Carlson! Was it a misstatement or lie when candidate Carlson and his cronies promised to lower property taxes, only reversing themselves once being elected? Break any law; break any promise; blame everyone else. YOU CAN KEEP YOUR PLAN ... PERIOD!
Jeff Schuette January 07, 2014 at 04:44 PM
Barb, Jan 2nd at 4:57.
John Wells January 08, 2014 at 02:11 PM
So, Jeff; how about correcting the erroneous headline and opening?
Jerry Lewie January 08, 2014 at 02:32 PM
Yes, Jeff, "Senator Carlson Named in DFL's Caucus Violation" doesn't quite meet muster. A much more accurate headline would read: "Senator Carlson involved in Massive, Historic $300,000.00 Lawbreaking Scandal"
Jerry Lewie January 08, 2014 at 02:39 PM
How about: "Senator Carlson Refuses to Man-up and Take Any Responsibility for His Part in Massive, Historic $300,000.00 Lawbreaking Scandal"

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