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Pubs, politics, healthcare: GOP details vendor IOUs

Posted at 11:28 AM on December 30, 2011 by Paul Tosto
Filed under: Politics

The Minnesota Republican Party owes nearly $90,000 to a Federal Election Commission compliance company and nearly $800 to Kieran's Pub.

It's also apparently behind on health care costs, owning $7,722 to HealthPartners, and coffee with a $215 unpaid tab to the Coffee Mill. Someone also needs to scrounge up $27 to pay the city of St. Paul.

Those are some of the vendors owed a total of $ 843,497 by the Republican Party of Minnesota. GOP officials acknowledged those charges today as they discussed a potential party debt of $2 million.

Officials conceded that $415,211 of those vendor costs had not been previously reported on the party's financial statements. Republican businessman Mike Vekich, who led the review of the party's finances, told reporters there was "nothing found at this point" to indicate anything illegal happened.

Party officials say they believe the Minnesota GOP can return to financial health in 2012.

Below is the list of vendors owed published by the GOP today.

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Paul Tosto

Paul Tosto writes the Big Story Blog for MPR News. He joined the newsroom in 2008 after more than 20 years reporting on education, politics and the economy for news wires and newspapers across the country.