- October 29, 2022
- Posted by: Bastion team
- Category: World News
The campaign to elect Republican Jim Schultz as Minnesota’s next Attorney General has been accused of violating campaign finance rules by allegedly collaborating with a Super PAC to run attack ads against Schultz’s DFL opponent Keith Ellison.
George Soule, Vice Chair of the Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board, concluded that there were prima facie violations of state rules after the DFL submitted a complaint concerning more than $800,000 of ad spending by the Super PAC Minnesota for Freedom.
The whole campaign finance board will now decide in the next six weeks whether there’s probable cause that the violations warrant a formal investigation, during which Schultz and Minnesota for Freedom will have a chance to respond to the allegations.
In a statement to Bring Me The News Tuesday, Schultz’s campaign manager Christine Snell denounced the complaint as a “desperate attack” by the DFL.
The violation centers around $800,000 in TV attack ads bought by Minnesota for Freedom, which is the Super PAC (political action committee) for the Republican Attorneys General Association, in September and October.
Per finance rules, independent political funds can spend on ads for and against candidates, but can’t make contributions to or spend on behalf of candidates.
Soule agreed with the DFL’s complaint that there was evidence the Schultz campaign approved the ad spend by Minnesota for Freedom, because an agreement form for some of the ad buys were signed by Steve Syckes,…