DFL files complaint against Republicans over campaign literature

Minnesota DFL Party officials said they filed a complaint Monday against Minnesota Republicans over a campaign-literature mailing used in 2012 state Senate campaigns.

The complaint, filed with the Minnesota Campaign Finance and Disclosure Board, and claims the Republican Party of Minnesota failed to disclose independent expenditure spending against DFL candidates for the Minnesota Senate.

DFL Chairman Ken Martin said in a statement:

“More than 20 pieces of literature were mailed to tens of thousands of homes across the state with the disclaimer ‘Paid for by the Republican Party of Minnesota. 525 Park St, Suite 250, St. Paul, MN 55103,’ yet the Republican Party did not report this spending. Hiding thousands of dollars in election activity from the public shows blatant disregard for the Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Act.”

The complaint says:

“For each independent expenditure included in its Year-End Report, the Republican Party disclosed the amount paid for ‘Printing and Photocopying – Political Mail’ but did not disclose the amount paid for the postage to deliver the ‘political mail’ to voters’ homes. Instead, the Republican Party of Minnesota reported $144,100 of postage expenses between August 24, 2012 and October 31, 2012 as general expenditures.”

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