Final ruling likely to come the day before the election
October 8, 2010- Common Cause Minnesota’s complaint against the Republican Governors Association (RGA), Minnesota’s Future and Minnesota’s Future LLC has entered the full investigation phase, according to Mike Dean, executive director of Common Cause Minnesota. The Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board cannot legally comment on any complaint until an investigation is complete and the board has made its ruling.
Common Cause Minnesota filed the complaint last week alleging that the three groups coordinated to funnel money from the RGA to Minnesota’s Future without disclosing all of the required donor information. The RGA has provided essentially all of the funding for Minnesota’s Future, which has used that money to run ads attacking Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mark Dayton.
“By the board moving forward it shows how serious [the complaint is],” Dean said. “I think that it is clear…that this is not a joke, and that they [the RGA and Minnesota's Future] need to take this seriously.”
If the Finance Board rules in Common Cause’s favor, each of the groups could be fined up to $1.7 million. Dean said that he expects to have the board’s decision after its next regularly scheduled monthly meeting on Monday, Nov. 1, the day before the general election.