Duluth DFLer fined for campaign finance violations that may include missing money

The Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board has fined a Duluth woman $12,000 for campaign finance violations, saying that money she handled as the DFL’s 7th Senate District Party treasurer was poorly accounted for and possibly misappropriated, reports the Duluth News Tribune.

Terri Griffiths, 62, was cited for violating campaign finance laws at least four times between 2006 and 2008. DFL officials in Duluth reported the problem to the state.

“This is a lot different than a mistake or omission. This is saying that the incorrect information was not an accident or erroneous,’’ Jeff Sigurdson, assistant executive director of the state board, told the paper. The allegations say Griffiths made out nearly $23,000 in checks to her husband, Joe Griffiths.

John Schwetman, the 7th District DFL chairman, told the paper that records were hard to decipher regarding what had been repaid or not. “We do believe we are missing some of the money,’’ Schwetman said.

Duluth police are investigating the case as a potential criminal matter, but no charges have been filed yet.

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