Entenza won't be fined for inadequate spending reports
Posted at 6:29 PM on September 19, 2006
by Tom Scheck
ST. PAUL (AP) - State Representative Matt Entenza won't be fined for failing to be upfront about all 2005 campaign spending while he was gearing up to run for attorney general.
The Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board decided against punishing Entenza. The Democratic candidate dropped out of the attorney general's race in July amid reports that he secretly commissioned opposition research on current D-F-L Attorney General Mike Hatch.
The campaign board says a complaint by Republicans became moot when Entenza filed an amended report this month documenting more than 70-thousand dollars in previously undisclosed spending.
An attorney for Entenza said the former House D-F-L leader felt vindicated by the board's decision.
Let me see if I've got this right--Matt Entenza says he didn't have to report those expenditures because they weren't campaign expenses. The Campaign Finance Board rules they are campaign expenditures, so Entenza files an amended report claiming $70,000 in campaign expenses that he lied about and concealed before, and now he says he's vindicated? Another day, another lie for Matt Entenza. Still waiting for the other shoe to drop on he and his wife's little South Dakota money-laudering scheme.
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