State GOP Fined For Contribution Disclosure Violations
7-13-12 (St. Paul, MN) -- State regulators have fined the Minnesota Republican Party, former chairman Tony Sutton and a corporation called "Count Them All Properly" a total of 33 thousand dollars for violating laws on disclosing contributions during the 2010 governor's recount. Common Cause Minnesota filed the complaint and Executive Director Mike Dean says the Republican Party needs to apologize to Minnesota voters and that's the only way to start rebuilding trust. Chairman Pat Shortridge says the state G-O-P has learned from past mistakes and made substantial changes in the way it does business. The Campaign Finance Board says former chairman Tony Sutton could be open to criminal sanctions if prosecutors decide to pursue them. Sutton says he disagrees with the Board's ruling.