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In Part 1, we looked at how FEC Tony's (pictured, right) MN GOP couldn't (wouldn't?) accurately report to the FEC how much they owed a vendor to ensure accurate FEC reports.  In Part 2, we noted there are now 2 citizen watchdog groups looking into the MN GOP's Cooked Books -- Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington - which nailed 'em last time (the MN GOP got smacked with a near-record $170,000 fine), and Common Cause MN.

Today in Part 3 of the continuing Cooked Books Series, we're going to take a quick look at one thing that got the MN GOP into trouble last time, and how it sure looks like it'll keep them in trouble this time.  As CREW's Melanie Sloan noted on Minnesota Public Radio just the other day:

"We seem to be seeing a repeat of the same kind of problems with the Republican Party's finances," said Melanie Sloan, executive director of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington D.C.  (More, at MPR.org)

Back in February 2007, long time MN GOP employee Dwight Tostenson sent a memo to the GOP's Executive Committee outling what he thought were - to paraphrase - real bad accounting.  REAL bad.  One thing Tostenson noted was the Party was taking employee payroll deductions for retirement accounts -- but NOT  depositing the deductions into the employee's retirement accounts!  That, Ladies and Gentlemen, is a HUGE "no no"!  At that time, MN GOP employee retirement accounts were being administered by American Express Financial.  American Express Financial was later spun off to become "Ameriprise Financial".

On the December (covering the preceeding month,November)  RPM ("Republican Party of Minnesota") FEC Filing, Schedule D lists a debt owed to Ameriprise Financial Services in the amount of $7,636.64.  "Nature of Debt" was listed as "Administrative/Salary/Overhead FEA Empl" --  here it is:

(link to above)

This interested me, because in The Tostenson Memo, prepared by former MN GOP Staffer Dwight Tostenson, one of his allegations was that the MN GOP was taking payroll deductions for employee retirement purposes, and not depositing said withholdings into the employee's retirement accounts - administered by Ameriprise American Express.

So I looked in the MN GOP FEC Schedule B Filings - Disbursements -  for the month, and found no disbursements to Ameriprise.

Nor was there a disbursement in the preceeding months of October (Filing #753549), September #750371, August #745520, July #742600, June #737692, May #731962, nor April #729605.

But I noticed a funny thing, as I worked back to April - until April's FEC Filing, the debt to Ameriprise never changed - always $7,636.64 on Schedule D (Debts and Obligations)

In April, the MN GOP's Schedule D reported Ameriprise twice - the first time, $3133.85 - same "Nature of Debt" as above.

The second listing for Ameriprise, in the amount of $1,000.62, has "Standard Transfer: FEA Employees IRA Con" as the "Nature of Debt."

Now, I'm not saying that the debt to Ameriprise Financial reported all those months in 2011 ($7,636.64) is in fact payroll deductions for deposits into employee retirement accounts - I'm not saying that at all.

But I will repeat what Mealanie Sloan of CREW said, above:

 

"We seem to be seeing a repeat of the same kind of problems with the Republican Party's finances," said Melanie Sloan, executive director of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington D.C.  (More, at MPR.org)

Yep!  Sure seems to be a repeat!  

And a willful one at that.

I'm going to continue to dig into the financial disaster brought about by the alleged "Party of Fiscal Responsibility" - that's becoming known as the MN GOP's Cooked Books Scandal.

Hopefully, some one in the law enforcement persuasion will, too.

Because really:  Does anyone expect the newly elected MN GOP Chair "ENRON Pat" Shortridge to?

Stay tuned!

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  •  Thanks TwoPutt (0+ / 0-)

    they have really screwed themselves...heh.

  •  How do they get away with it? eom (1+ / 0-)
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    Co-author of the first political biography of Michele Bachmann: Michele Bachmann's America

    by Bill Prendergast on Sun Jan 08, 2012 at 08:55:56 AM PST

  •  Dishonesty in politics (2+ / 0-)
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    luckylizard, TwoPuttTommy

    is unacceptable, whether from a political party or individual, Republican or Democrat. Stuff like this is why people are so turned off by politics and tuned out to the electoral process. Kudos to Two Putt for exposing these "fiscally responsible" hypocrites. Let's see how much "personal responsibility" they actually accept.

    •  "Personal responsibility" does not (1+ / 0-)
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      mean what you think it means.  It means that a person is able to respond to prompts so, in this case, if the employees don't complain about being ripped off, it's their own fault.

      People to Wall Street: "LET OUR MONEY GO"

      by hannah on Sun Jan 08, 2012 at 09:27:21 AM PST

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      •  Question... (0+ / 0-)

        You always make me think differently about things.  Would it not also be the "personal responsibility" of whoever was in charge of investing the funds, as in that person is responsible for seeing that they go to American Express and not be diverted elsewhere?    Or is that more about culpability?  

        -7.62, -7.28 "Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly." -Langston Hughes

        by luckylizard on Sun Jan 08, 2012 at 11:11:03 AM PST

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        •  Well, see, that would come under the (1+ / 0-)
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          heading of obligations and conservatives are allergic to those.  Indeed, they manage to eliminate agency from their consideration entirely.  That's the beauty of individualism.  There are no connections to take into account.  Each person is in control of his/her own fate.  It's an attractive notion until one realizes the implication that no-one can be looked to for any help.  If they inflict hurt, it's the victim's fault.

          It's the logical solution for people who have no sense of being connected to anyone else.  They're making a virtue out of a deficit.  Libertarians want to persuade us that's the norm.

          They can't be trusted; don't want to be trusted; and aren't trustworthy.  So, why do they seek public office?  Because they like to give orders, I guess.

          People to Wall Street: "LET OUR MONEY GO"

          by hannah on Sun Jan 08, 2012 at 11:37:14 AM PST

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          •  Much clearer. (0+ / 0-)

            Thank you.  For myself, I cannot understand why people want to be so disconnected from each other, but they probably don't understand me, either.  

            Unless I misunderstood all the psych and soc classes I took (a hundred years ago), human beings are social animals.  It's got to be hard for them, constantly fighting their/our nature.  When their supposed belief in Jesus, the consummate socialist, is layered on top of that, life in their heads has got to be scary.  Probably explains why they kind of skip the gospels and epistles, and head straight from the Old Testament to Revelation.

            It makes me tired just thinking about it.  I can't imagine how they have any energy left for anything else.  (Sorry.  Didn't mean to ramble on....)

            -7.62, -7.28 "Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly." -Langston Hughes

            by luckylizard on Sun Jan 08, 2012 at 12:25:21 PM PST

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            •  Sloth would seem to be their/our (1+ / 0-)
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              saving grace.  If you consider the seven "deadly sins" (self-defeating obsessions) then sloth may well be the one that keeps them from going totally overboard and antagonizing their environment to the point where people seek revenge.

              The too,

              wrath
              envy
              pride
              greed
              gluttony
              lust

              are very tiring. :)
              We should be glad Dubya took a lot of naps.

              People to Wall Street: "LET OUR MONEY GO"

              by hannah on Sun Jan 08, 2012 at 01:21:37 PM PST

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  •  “But the Pension Fund Was Just Sitting There” (2+ / 0-)
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    Doonesbury Books

    I always snicker at that title.

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