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Strib: GOP recount firm’s two ‘CEOs’ say they never heard of the company

A Sunday print-only story in the Star Tribune says that a corporation set up by Minnesota Republicans to help with the 2010 gubernatorial recount listed two CEOs in official filings who say they’ve never had ties to the company.

The story, which will be available online later in the week, says state regulators and watchdog groups are looking into the company — Count Them Properly Inc. — to see if it was created to keep recount debt off the books of the state Republican Party’s balance sheet.

Tom Fraley, who is not politically active and has no ties to the state GOP, was listed as a CEO of the company and received a letter demanding payment of $219,000 to an attorney who worked on the Dayton-Emmer recount, the story said.

But Fraley said he’s never heard of Count Them Properly and is trying to get his name removed from the corporate filings, the story by reporter Baird Helgeson says.

Jon Richard Schroeder was initially listed as CEO of the company soon after the company was incorporated in 2010 by a former administrator for the Republican National Committee who works with parties and candidates, but he, too, says he was never associated with the company.

The company’s new chief executive, Mary Igo, a veteran Republican activist, says the company is legitimate and won’t file for bankruptcy to get out of paying the recount bills:

“They will be repaid, in some way, I hope, God willing. Republicans would prefer to pay debts back, even if it takes some time.”

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Comments (2)

  1. Submitted by Neal Rovick on 04/30/2012 - 01:35 pm.

    I read this report this weekend and found it extremely disturbing in it’s implications. Fraud, misrepresentation, misdirection, concealment of funding and motives, on and on.

    It seems to be a revival of the Nixonian “dirty tricks” squad.

    How would it be that two people who had absolutely no dealings with the GOP or with their recount machinations wind up being named as CEO’s of the operation.? And end up being dunned for the bills resulting from the GOP recount efforts?

    Much further investigation is required, because at the least, it was an attempt to defraud the people who were told to bill that company for their services in the recount. I wonder if the credit scores and financial rectitude of the two mis-named CEO’s were used to shore up the financial credibility of the operation.

    The first place I would look would be to the Sutton/Brodkorb axis of the Republican party. It’s clear that Mr. Sutton is familiar from his franchise experience as how to keep creditors at arms length.

    Ends justify the means? A desire of the GOP to stick “Republican lawyers” with the cost of the recount.

    It’s not how you win friends and influence people.

  2. Submitted by Logan Foreman on 04/30/2012 - 02:26 pm.

    The MN Republican party

    Is not qualified or competent enough to run a lemonade stand.

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