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Thursday, May 08, 2008

Norm Coleman Has Conference Call With MOBsters

Was Tracy Eberly of Dirt Worshiping Heathens fame invited to participate? What about Tom Swift?

Gary Gross:

Last night, I joined several of my MOB friends for a blogger conference call with Norm Coleman. Norm was on his A game last night. Sen. Coleman started the call with a brief monologue about Al Franken’s tax troubles. Sen. Coleman said that it wasn’t that Franken owed lots of money in taxes–he doesn’t–it’s that it showed that he isn’t willing to take responsibility when something goes wrong. I agree.

Franken has offered a litany of ‘the dog ate my homework’ type of excuses since Michael exposed him. Sen. Coleman said that Minnesotans have a simple view on this issue: If you owe taxes, you pay them and you don’t make excuses.

That's interesting that Coleman's take on this, is a bit different than Michael Brodkorb's. There's no notes on whether the Blo N Go issue came up during the conference call.

Meanwhile, the Strib covers how Ron Carey has been throwing stones from a glass house, regarding Al Franken's tax problems.

The Minnesota Republican Party has scored a series of body blows against DFL U.S. Senate candidate Al Franken over business irregularities that Franken attributes to his accountant’s mistakes.

But the state GOP has some bookkeeping issues of its own, problems that persist despite a yearlong, self-initiated audit. The party has spent some $78,475 on accounting services since early 2007, according to its reports to the Federal Election Commission (FEC).

Failure to fully disclose expenses, questionable transfers of funds, math errors and other reporting problems have been flagged by the FEC in 28 letters to the state GOP since mid-December 2006.

The party has repeatedly missed deadlines to fully correct its reports and has told the agency it is working on solving the problems.
The irregularities are not unusual, said University of Minnesota law Prof. Guy-Uriel Charles, an expert on election law, after reviewing some of the correspondence. He said the problems are related to complex campaign finance laws.

The DFL Party has been questioned 19 times by the FEC over reporting problems during the same period. The DFL, however, has been able to address the issues raised, with the exception of what it calls a persistent software glitch.

The problems with the GOP bookkeeping take on added weight given the party’s attacks on Franken for irregularities with workers’ compensation and disability insurance premiums and the filing of taxes.

Last month, GOP party chairman Ron Carey said, “Why do Hollywood celebrities think there is one set of rules for them and one set of rules for everyone else when it comes to paying taxes?”

A left-leaning blogger tried to ask Carey about the party’s FEC reports at a news conference the GOP called last week to highlight Franken’s problems. Carey dismissed him, saying the press briefing “is something for our credentialed media here.”

Carey did not respond this week to Star Tribune requests for an interview about the FEC filings.

“Just like any political entity, the Republican Party of Minnesota continues to work with the FEC to make certain our filings are in compliance,” party spokesman Mark Drake said in an e-mail Tuesday.

The Drama Queen has been curiously silent about this.