A Minnesota lobbyist has been fined $250 by the Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board for failing to identify himself as a lobbyist when he donated to Republican Rep. Greg Davids' campaign.
Catholic United Financial lobbyist Michael McGovern donated $250 to the People for (Gregory) Davids Committee on Jan. 23, according to findings issued by the board on Thursday. But McGovern failed to include his lobbyist registration number on the check. As a result, the Davids campaign classified it as a donation from an individual instead of a lobbyist. That led the campaign to exceed the amount of donations allowed for House candidates from lobbyists, which is limited to $6,900.
McGovern said he registered as a lobbyist in 1998 because as president of the organization he may need to do activities that would fall under lobbying. This year, he was told that the definition of a lobbyist had changed and he no longer believed he fell under that classification. But McGovern did not terminate his lobbyist registration until Aug. 22.
The board cleared Davids' committee of wrong doing because McGovern did not provide his lobbyist identification number when he donated to the committee. Here is a link to the findings and order. Meanwhile, Davids' opponent, former DFL Rep. Ken Tschumper, and Fillmore County DFL Chairman Dennis DeKeyrel are the subjects of a complaint filed with the Office of Administrative Hearings. Read more about that here.