After looking over our morning post, Beet coop PAC pours sugar on Renville Co RPM; Renville Co RPM sweetens Tim Miller committee, a reader did little math, then sent us an interesting email:
Potential campaign finance violation by Tim Miller.On 07/17/16, Tim Miller’s campaign committee reported a $4,500 donation by the Renville County RPM (Reg. 20237). This is in addition to a donation $500 donation received on 6/14/16.On 07/18/16, Renville County RPM received a donation of $5000 from SMBSC PAC - State Account (this is Southern Minnesota Beet Sugar Cooperative PAC, Reg. # 30221). Also, on 07/18/16, Renville County RPM reported donation of $4,500 to Tim Miller committee. Tim Miller campaign committee reported to have received this contribution on 07/17/16.Renville County RPM did not have the funds in their account to write a $4,500 donation to Tim Miller committee on 07/17/16 without the receipt of the $5,000 contribution by SMBSC-PAC on 07/18/16.Renville County RPM beginning balance on 01/01/16: $4228.17All non-itemized receipts 01/01/16 - 7/18/16: $2496.00Total: $6,724.17Less expenditures:
04/19/16 - Renville County Agricultural Society (Fair Booth): $210.0001/01/16 - 7/18/16 - Non-itemized expenditures: $438.2404/16/16 - Contribution to Andrew Lang committee: $2,500.0004/16/16 - Contribution to Tim Miller committee: $500.00Total possible cash on 07/17/16 for Renville County RPM: $3,075.93
An individual, political committee, political fund, principal campaign committee, or party unit may not solicit or accept a contribution from any source with the express or implied condition that the contribution or any part of it be directed to a particular candidate other than the initial recipient. An individual, political committee, political fund, principal campaign committee, or party unit that knowingly accepts any earmarked contribution is subject to a civil penalty imposed by the board of up to $3,000. Knowingly accepting any earmarked contribution is a gross misdemeanor.
Photo: Part of the 2013 Beaver Creek fishkill.
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