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Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Mark Stenglein Uses Campaign Money to Pay His Parking Tickets and Oil Change

I've posted all of Mark Stenglein's campaign finance reports at the E-Democracy files area. These are faster to get this way, rather than going through Hennepin County's system.

So far these are the things that jump out at me.

There are lots of stadium related Union and contractor contributions.
$300.00 from Jackie Cherryhomes.
$250 from Al/Sheila Garcia.
The Police Relief Association gave $250. This is an organization associated with Hennepin County Lobbyist Brian Rice.
The Minneapolis Fire Dept Relief Association gave $200.00. I'm wondering if this was a typo, and is actually the Minneapolis Fire Relief Association which is also connected to Brian Rice.

Oil change
Parking Tickets at the state capitol for $110.00.
Rebar from Fleet Farm for $310.48.

Many of these expenditures don't have specific dates, but rather date ranges.

Now did Keith Ellison ever have his campaign pay for his parking tickets?

UPDATE: A few readers have noted that Rebar is cut up and used with lawn signs. I have yet to hear an explanation for the Oil change and the Parking Tickets at the state capitol. Stenglein was lobbying at the state capitol when he incurred those tickets. How is that a campaign expense?


eric zaetsch said...

I presume the guy is not using anything like the Wellstone green bus. If there's a special campaign vehicle like the green bus, then an oil change is campaign related. If it's the family car - as it appears, then it's a routine family expense, isn't it? Food at a fundraiser vs. food at the family table evening meal would be a similar thing.

It certainly appears to be a character issue.

On a parking ticket at the Capitol - that's vague as to the business at hand when incurred.

However, a parking ticket from during a fundraiser, even, is the candidate saying it is a valid campaign "expense" to break a local ordinance.

Where's the sense in that? Breaking laws is a campaign activity - no - it is a personal choice to not obey clear government restrictions applicable evenly to everyone.

There's something both indefensible and insulting about charging the campaign for paying the fine for a violation.