This really is just annoying political snipping, but I don’t like Dick Day, so here is a press release from the DFL:
DFL PARTY CALLS ON SENATOR DICK DAY TO RETURN TAXPAYER DOLLARS
ST. PAUL (4/13/06) – The Minnesota DFL Party today called on State Senator Dick Day (R-Owatonna) to return $58,800 to the taxpayers of Minnesota. The funds were paid to Sen. Day’s wife, Janet, over the course of the past 10 years for her alleged work on his campaign committee, according to reports filed at the Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board.
The Minnesota Department of Revenue reimburses individual donors for their contributions to state campaigns, such as Sen. Day’s. In effect, the taxpayers are funding his campaign.
Reported as income?
The DFL Party also called on Senator Day to provide proof his campaign committee sent Janet Day a 1099 tax form, which is required of all employers in the state.
“Senator Day should be transparent and honest concerning the use of taxpayers money,” said Melendez. “Providing the 1099 will ensure the public that legal tax requirements were satisfied.”
“Senate Rules don’t allow for Senator Day to hire his wife or relatives to work in his Senate office at public expense,” said DFL Party Chair Brian Melendez. “Minnesotans need to question why it is permissible to use taxpyer dollars to pay his wife for alleged campaign work.”
“We demand that Senator Day return to Minnesota taxpayers the $58,800 he funneled back into his own household.
“It is obvious Senator Day is breaking the trust of Minnesotans and what the public considers ethical campaigning. Like Governor Pawlenty, Day appears to play fast and loose when it comes to campaign financing.”
I kind of hope this hurts him, but I’m sure it won’t.