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Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Strange items in Mike Jungbauer's Campaign Finance Report

Andy from Eleventh Avenue South has the goods.

A donation of $600 from Anoka Air Charter, Inc., appears to have violated two campaign finance laws: individual contribution limits for Minnesota House and Senate candidates in an election year are limited to $500 (Minn. Stat. 10A.27), and contributions from corporations are prohibited by Minnesota law (Minn. Stat. 211B.15).

Two expenditures in the report have also raised suspicion. The Jungbauer campaign spent $812 in aviation insurance and $741 in model airplanes. Jungbauer's campaign website says that Jungbauer is a strong advocate of air transportation. The expenses could possibly be related to his campaign, and his support for air transportation. However, his campaign website also states that he is currently taking flying lessons. Minnesota Statute (211B.12) prohibits using money raised for political purposes in a manner that's not reasonably related to the campaign. The use of an airplane for campaigning in a district that small doesn't seem likely.

Andy contacted the campaign for comment. For some strange reason, they have not replied.

Developing. . .