The Minnesota Republican Party’s financial woes continue with the filing last week of eviction papers that could oust the party from its headquarters in a St. Paul building.
Politics in Minnesota notes that the state GOP is nearly $100,000 in arrears on its rent for the office at 525 Park St., not far from the state Capitol. Building owner Hub Properties has filed the eviction paperwork in Ramsey County Court, and records show the party signed a 10-year lease in 2003 calling for $6,881 a month, the story says.
No rent has been paid since August, and party leaders say they’re trying to renegotiate the lease and hope they aren’t evicted.
The headquarters’s back rent is just one of the state GOP’s financial problems; the party owes more than a $1 million to creditors and is on the hook for $700,000 in legal fees from the 2010 recount in the governor’s race.
The state party’s financial woes have drawn national attention, with Politico noting earlier this month in a story about troubled state Republican parties:
“No state party may be in worse shape, though, than the Minnesota GOP. Thanks to a disastrous previous regime, they had over a million dollars in debt and a negative balance in their federal account as of the end of February.“