Top state court rules campaign finance laws apply to schools

  • Article by: JENNIFER BROOKS , Star Tribune
  • Updated: August 11, 2012 - 1:14 AM

Schools say requiring them to report money spent to push ballot measures puts them in a Catch-22.

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eddie55431Aug. 11, 1210:49 PM

The writer misses the point of the story. it's not that districts will have to report legal activity INFORMING the electorate, it's that they must report if they move beyond reporting into advocacy, which was already illegal! It's the equivalent of having a ruling that says that bank robbers must report their crimes. If they don't rob banks, they don't have any problems with reporting. The ruling will now allow taxpayers who think the school districts have moved beyond informing and into politicking on referendums the legal precedent to fight back. Up until now the districts used our money to campaign for more of our money. Now they will have to refrain from that sort of illegal activity.

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moraspeakingAug. 12, 12 8:04 AM

The ruling is irrelevant. There is a referendum pending in my community. School administration has campaigned for the referendum since its inception. Advocacy meetings disguised as "informational", op-ed pieces by the superintendent in every edition of the local paper over the last few weeks, an "informational" mailing from the district received (what a coincidence!) on the same day as mailings from the local vote yes types ... the list goes on. Off the books support from the district's planning consultant to vote yes groups, vote yes staffers who work or volunteer for the district using official district time and resources to further their cause ... that list goes on, too. However, no one admits to anything, and nothing is documented, and smoke and mirrors abound. Malfeasance simply cannot be proven. Until the public officials in my community recognize their responsibility to be open, and transparent, and impartial, and represent every constituent, nothing will change. Sad, as these are the attitudes that stunt growth and hinder civic progress.

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