On October 5th, 2016, the MN Campaign Finance and Disclosure Board heard the campaign finance violation against Rep. David Bly. The complaint sets forth the charge that Rep. Bly didn’t provide the disclaimer that his campaign committee, David Bly for MN House of Representatives 20B, paid for the publishing of his book, ” We All Do Better”.
Following the hearing, the Campaign Finance and Disclosure Board rendered that an investigation is warranted.
The quick and down-
- Rep. David Bly’s campaign committee paid $8,485.00 to have 566 copies of his book published in 2015.
- Rep. Bly, in his December 2015 Campaign Finance and Disclosure Board report, claimed the $8,485.oo as a campaign expenditure.
- His book does not have printed on it, or in it, any disclaimer, that the campaign committee for Rep Bly for MN House 20B paid for the publishing of his book.
- His book, per his testimony before the CFB, was given to donors who contributed $20 or more to his campaign.
- The CFB analysis stated that there is probable cause to believe that the David Bly Committee 20B violated the disclaimer requirement in Minnesota Statutes 211B.04 to the extent that it disseminated books as campaign material to contributors.
- The Campaign Finance and Disclosure Board will render its’ decision in early November 2016.
Jim Flaherty, area activist, and seeker of the 2016 MN House 20B GOP endorsement , had these comments for Alpha News when filing the complaint this past August.
David Bly Minnesota House of Representatives 20B is under investigation for a major campaign violation.
David Bly has a hearing scheduled for October 5th In front of the Minnesota Campaign Finance Board.
David Bly’s Campaign Committee paid to have his manifesto/book published.
If you have ever had the chance to peruse David’s book it reads like a totalitarian manifesto. Cradle to grave government intervention. But that is just my thought.
Since David’s campaign finance committee paid ($8485.00) to have his Manifesto published, the manifesto must be campaign material. David gives readings and sells his book at fund raisers. Since the manifesto is campaign material it must state it was paid for by David Bly for MN House of Representatives 20B. Nowhere in or on David’s book does it state, paid for by David Bly for MN House of Representatives 20B campaign finance committee.
Since the David Bly for MN House of Representatives 20B campaign finance committee paid for the publishing and it is being used as a fund raiser there must be a way to track sales of the manifesto. How does the campaign finance committee keep track of how many manifestos a person purchases. If 1 person buys 2 manifestos then the campaign finance committee must have their name, phone number and employer on record. I see no record of sales in David’s reporting. Since there appears to be no tracking method in place manifesto sales are not being reported and this is another violation of Minnesota campaign finance law.
According to his campaign finance reports there are no funds entering from the sale of his manifesto Between January 1st 2016 and July 18th 2016.
How many manifestos were sold in 2015? Where were the funds deposited? Did the proceeds go into David Bly for MN House of Representatives 20B campaign finance committee? Or did David report the sales to the IRS on his state and federal taxes? These are the only 2 options. If the funds were deposited into the David Bly for MN House of Representatives 20B campaign finance committee (checking account-jjc)David is in violation of Minnesota campaign finance rules by not stating the manifestos were paid for by the David Bly for MN House of Representatives 20B campaign finance committee.
If on the other hand if David is selling his book for personal gain ( I have no problem with David selling his book for profit) how could the David Bly for MN House of Representatives 20B campaign finance committee have paid for the publishing? I believe this to be a violation of Minnesota campaign finance law.
I/We do not feel this is an oversight on David’s part. David has had a Campaign Finance Committee since the mid-2,000’s .( Rep Bly first ran for office in 2006-jjc) David has been in the political process for over a decade. David knows the law and the rules that govern the election process. David took an oath to uphold the laws in Minnesota and has committed a blatant violation of the law.
Jim Flaherty and the Minnesota Twenty’s (20A, 20B,SD20). The Minnesota Twenty’s are a group of activists from MN House District 20A and 20B as well as Senate District 20.