More excellent reporting from Michael Brodkorb, one of several pieces over filing inconsistencies in Minnesota’s US Senate race
Star Tribune:”Over the last week, I wrote about allegations involving offers to pay the campaign debts of two Republican candidates who endorsed former Republican U.S. Senate candidate Julianne Ortman’s campaign. These issues came during a review of Ortman’s campaign finance reports after inconsistencies were made public by the Federal Election Commission (FEC).”
“Today the FEC posted the campaign reports filed by the campaign committee. This included one overdue report, and amendments to every previously filed report. The reports filed this week by Ortman’s treasurer, Charles P. Erickson, who is also a member of the Waconia City Council, clear up some of the issues raised by the FEC, but also generate more questions about the financing of her candidacy for the U.S. Senate.
“It is unclear whether Ortman’s campaign failed to send all of the pages to the FEC, or whether there was an error when the reports were scanned by officials with the Secretary of the U.S. Senate. (Candidates for U.S. Senate file their paperwork on paper forms,”
“In an unusual move, Ortman’s campaign this week also filed amendments to every report that they had previously filed with the FEC. In each of the reports (except the 2014 Pre-Primary Report, which only covers three week’s time) Ortman’s campaign overstated the amount of money it had raised and understated the amount of money her campaign had spent, which led to inflated cash on hand totals at the closing of the reporting period.
“In total, the campaign understated its expenditures and overstated its cash on hand by almost $80,000 in the April Quarterly Report, which was the last report that was published prior to the Republican Party of Minnesota’s endorsing convention in May. Ortman told a reporter on April 17 that her campaign had “about “$250,000″ cash on hand when the actual amount, according to these new reports was $151,000.”