Why has the DFL's debt received less coverage than the MNGOP's?

Categories: MNGOP, Media beefs
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The scandalous way ex-MNGOP chair Tony Sutton and his party racked up debt was the story, not the debt itself.
The MNGOP is $2 million in debt. But did you know the MNDFL is also in the red?

DFL Chair Ken Martin disclosed that his party is $581,000 in debt earlier this month -- about $350,000 more than the debt he discussed with reporters late last year.

So why hasn't the DFL's debt gotten more coverage? Could it possibly have something to do with media bias?

That question was raised by Michael Brodkorb after the DFL's debt disclosure. The former communications chief and rumored lover of former Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch tweeted the following earlier this month:
Brodkorb's sarcastic tweet raises a fair point, especially in light of the fact that the DFL's debt is so much higher than people were led to believe just a couple months ago.

But a big reason why the MNGOP's debt drew so much more attention is the scandalous nature in which it was accrued. Shortly after the MNGOP revealed it is $2 million in the hole, then-Secretary Treasurer David Sturrock resigned, saying he was "neither consulted nor informed" about $450,000 in legal fees racked up by former chair Tony Sutton.
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Earlier this month, DFL chair Ken Martin revealed that the party is further in the red than he led reporters to believe two months ago.


Common Cause Minnesota alleges that Sutton's failure to inform Sturrock about the legal fees is one campaign finance violation among many. Other alleged violations include filling false financial statements and hiding expenses the party was legally obligated to disclose.

On the other hand, there's no evidence that the DFL has filed false financial statements, or that DFL chair Martin failed to disclose expenses to the party's financial staff. Furthermore, while the DFL's debt has shrunk by about $200,000 since before the 2010's election, the MNGOP's has more than doubled.

In other words, media bias doesn't seem to account for the relative lack of coverage the MNDFL's debt has received. The MNGOP's dysfunction is the story, not the debt itself.
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Michelle Bachmann
Michelle Bachmann

I really hope that the DFL can solve their debt problems.  I rely on the Democrats to ensure that rich white racists get their money stolen from them through extra taxes so me and my boyfriend De'Andre can live a comfortable life sitting all day long watching Oprah and eating free food in our government-paid-for housing.  I just found out that I am pregnant (AGAIN...LOL!!) and we will now have 13 mouths to feed (well, OK, 14 mouths....De'Andre eats like a pig!!!).  $400 a month in EBT money only goes so far, ya' know!!!  Thank the Lord for Democrats.  They look out for my best interests.  In fact, on Monday, De'Andre and I are going to take the Mega Bus to Chicago and apply for welfare benefits there.  We will use De'Andre's mama's address in Chicago as our "Illinois" residence and that way, we can collect welfare both in Illinois and Minnesota at the same time!!! LOL!!!!  

Michelle Bachmann
Michelle Bachmann

Because getting free Medicaid from both Ill. and MN will help us greatly.  I think that all of my kids deserve free health care and other free shit.  What happens if little ShaQuiQua, Dante', Gonorriqua, Shamiqa, LaQuanda, HIV-Qua, LaQuitrice, Gangsta-Dawg, Cuz, ChickenWing-iQua, K-Martina, DollaSto-Moniqua, ShaWonda, LaRonda, Queefiqua, Little Boy De'Andre Jr., and our newest baby, WhitneyHouston-iQua gets a toothache or gets shot on the way home from school?  Who's gonna pay for they medical bills?  Not me and De'Andre....because we will be spending our EBT money at MacDonalds and Mickey's Likka Sto.  LOL!!!!     

Kirk the Conservative Jerk
Kirk the Conservative Jerk

Stop it now!!!!!!Democrats NEVER eat their own.  What are you doing?  That’s FOX’s job to be “fair andbalanced”.Democrats NEVER hold their own to the standards they apply to the republicans.

Michelle Bachmann
Michelle Bachmann

I love the headline because its like why do we as the media fucking suck?    This is a great article to put on your blog because it will annoy your core audience of Liberals while confirming every stupid paranoid conspiracy theory idiot Republicans already think.  I'm sure sam I am, kirk,  and the rest of the racist bigots that come here to type racial slurs and bitch about how unfair City Pages is to Republicans will tottally change their tune on you guys now.  Finally, why does anyone care about what Brokorb is saying?   The man is an evil hypocrite.  Has he agreed to give City Pages an interview where he will answer questions about Amy Koch?   As far as I can tell he refuses to talk to the media about his crimes while using the media to slam Democrats.   Until the head of the DFL is caught fucking the Senate minority leader I would say a stupid dickhead like Brokorb has nothing to say about Minnesota politics and should be ignored.   How fucking pathetic are you Rupar? 

Rupar:  Ummmm golly geee ummmm Mr. Brokorb would you mind answering a few questions about your massive ethics scandal?  Brokorb:  Shut up you stupid bitch.  Come over here so I can slap you around and explain why the Demorcats suck!Rupar:  Golly gee wowwy Mr. Brokorb!   What a scoop!Brokorb:  I thought I told you to shut up you biased liberal socialist muslim atheist idiot!Rupar:  Wow!  I feel like Walter Cronkite! 

Why are you so dedicated to paying attention to a guy like Brokorb who refuses to talk to the media about what the public wants to know about?   Are you too lazy to find another Republican asshole's twitter to follow?   It's this fair and balanced bullshit that leads to people still fighting about condoms in 2012.    Why do the stupid ass clowns never have to go away or pay for their crimes?   Is this what we can look forward to in Minnesota?   Brokorb getting to tell the world why the media nd DFL sucks while never paying for his crimes?    

Sam I am.
Sam I am.

I only read CP for their restaurant reviews and to make fun of Michelle's large gaping vagina.

Kirk the Conservative Jerk
Kirk the Conservative Jerk

See all liberals say Michele Bachamnn lies.   It's a common "fact" among them.Ya most have trouble naming a single lie, but hey, you get what you get. I have to say, you sir/mam/it, whatever you are, have picked the perfect alias. You lie and whine to the best of your ability.

Michelle Bachmann
Michelle Bachmann

Top 10 Michele Bachmann lies:1)   Marcus Bachmann is straight. 2)  Michele claimed she was 7th generation Iowan.   Not true.3)  Michele claimed she did not personally benefit from government subsidies to her family's dairy farm.   This was a lie.4)  Michele said the HPV vaccine made children retarded.  Then she admitted she was lying but said it was ok because she wasn't a doctor. 5)  Michele claimed Nancy Pelosi spent $100,000 on drinks on a military flight.  This was called a lie.6)  Michele said ACORN would be a paid partner of US Census workers and would go door to door collecting data.   Lie.7)  She claimed Barack Obama's trip to India cost taxpayers $200 million a day.   Lie.8)  I'm getting many of these statements from politifact.   Michele claimed during a Republican debate that politifact had rated most of her claims as true.  In fact Michele had been examined by polititfact 11 times and all 11 times they found she was lying.  9)  She claimed the CBO said Obamacare would cost America 800,000 jobs.  The CBO never said this. 10)  She claimed Obamacare had language in it that people couldn't buy private health insurance after a certain date.  

I easily came up with 9 lies and a joke.   Name one time I have ever lied.  All I'm asking is for one lie that you can prove I was lying.  Should be easy for you since I lie all the time according to you.   All I ask for is one.  Otherwise you need to shut the fuck up and leave the comment section.  Accept my challenge you shit talking punk?    I don't lie, I don't need to.  I have facts on my side.   Name one lie I"ve told or go away forever kirk. 

Michelle Bachmann
Michelle Bachmann

I am SOOOO jealous of Michelle Obama!!!  She gets to live with a wealthy black man who is now the most powerful person in the world!!!  I bet she squirms when Barack's purple lips touches her wet, sweet pussy!!  I bet Obama makes Michelle cum and cum again!!  (unlike my boyfriend, De'Andre who just expects me to suck him off and then give him my EBT card so he can go and drink malt liquor with his 'dawgs'....LOL!!!!  De'Andre can be so silly sometimes!!!!)

Sam I am.
Sam I am.

Yes, and here are 51 truths about your Marxist, Muslim, Kenyan President, Barack Hussein Obama: 

1. Obama and unrepentant terrorist William Ayers misappropriated over 300 million dollars in donations meant for the education of Chicago’s minority students. They routed the money to Obama’s community activist buddies who then tried to turn the students in radicals. The program was a total failure.2. Obama, as an Illinois State Senator, redirected tens of millions in Illinois tax dollars to Valerie Jarrett and Tony Rezko, to provide housing for low income families. They returned the favor with political donations. The housing units were built with cheap materials and labor and are uninhabitable after a mere 10 years of use.3. Obama accepted millions in illegal campaign contributions from foreign credit cards after the credit card filters used to screen out foreign money, was switched off. This also allowed domestic donors, who were over the legal limit, to contribute more.4. Obama and SecState Clinton’s efforts to bring the US under the UN’s Small Arms Treaty are direct violations of the Second Amendment of the US Constitution.5. Obama attempted to move control of the Census Bureau from the Commerce Department to the White House, to be managed by then Chief of Staff Rahm Emmanuel.6. Obama had provided under the radar amnesty to illegal immigrants by allowing ICE Director John Morton to prohibit ICE officers from enforcing US immigration laws.7. Obama allowed USAG Holder to ignore the violation of US immigration laws in the sanctuary cities, i.e.,San Francisco, etc.8. Obama has failed to defend US soil in Arizona as Mexican troops bring illegals and drugs into the USA, crossing the border doing so. This is a direct violation of Article IV, Section 4 of the Constitution.9. Obama illegally fired the IG Walpin for investigating Obama’s buddy, Mayor Kevin Johnson (Sacramento), for fraud (850K) with AmeriCorps.10. Obama is in contempt of Federal court for his illegal oil drilling moratorium in the Gulf.11. Obama spent a month as the UN Security Council Chair in 2009, which raises the question of his conflict of interest between the US and the UN. This is also likely a violation of his Oath of Office as the UN conflicts with our Constitution on many levels, i.e., LOST, UN Small Arms ban, etc.12. Obama signed an EO in December 2009 that allows Interpol to operate in the US without oversight by Congress, courts, FBI, or local law enforcement.13. Obama and SecState Clinton misappropriated, er, used $23 million in US taxpayer funds to help Obama’s homeland of Kenya move to a communist nation where the freedom of speech, private property rights, and other rights are subservient to “social justice”. This includes the fact that the Kenyan constitution adopted Sharia Law, which violates the basic human rights of women.14. Obama was likely involved with then Governor Rod Blagojevich to try and sell his Illinois Senate seat, i.e., pay to play. Jesse Jackson Jr is under investigation for it and it appears that Valerie Jarrett might also have been involved.15. Obama ran a website that asked Americans to report on other Americans, in the area of ObamaKare, using whitehouse.gov and taxpayer money to do so. He repeated this with AttackWatch.16. Obama got onto the Indiana ballot through voter fraud in 2008.17. Obama sealed all of his records that would show that he is possibly an illegal president, that he is feloniously using a false SSN, that his draft registration number is false, that his Fulbright award was falsely awarded as Obama claimed foreign student status, and that his student aid was falsely obtained.18. Obama violated the Constitution by firing the GM CEO.19. Obama violated bankruptcy laws by forcing GM bondholders to accept millions of dollars in losses of money that they were legally entitled to.20. Obama violated bankruptcy laws by awarding the UAW with a share of GM and Chrysler during their bankruptcy proceedings.21. Obama bought votes for ObamaKare with acts like, “Cornhusker Kickback”, “Louisiana Purchase” and the DoI increasing water allocations toCalifornia’sCentral Valley. This brought in the votes of Dennis Cardoza and Jim Costa, both Democrat holdouts.22. Obama lied about Americans being able to keep their healthcare coverage if they wanted to. ObamaKare is already forcing them out of their current coverage.23. Obama attempted to bribe Joe Sestak with a job offer in order to get him to drop out of the Senate race against Arlen Specter.24. Obama bypassed Congress and told the EPA to set carbon emission standards.25. Obama forced BP to pony up a $20 billion slush fund to compensate Gulf Coast businesses and residents affected by the BP oil spill. It was administered by one of Obama’s political appointees and there is NO Congressional oversight.26. Obama did nothing to Holder (abetted a felony) when Holder refused to prosecute two New Black Panther Party members for brandishing weapons in front of a voting location in Filthadelphia. A direct violation of the voters Civil Rights.27. Obama bypassed the Senate with a recess appointment of Donald Berwick as the head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Violates policy.28. Obama bypassed the Senate with many of his appointments of over 30 “czars.”29. Obama illegally fired Sherry Sherrod from the USDA over remarks she made at an NAACP meeting in March 2010. He violated her due process.30. Obama violated contractual law when his regime cancelled 77 oil field development contracts previously approved by Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, under Bush 43’s administration. This keeps us from extracting from 2-3 TRILLION barrels of oil.31. Obama used the DHS to determine the political affiliation of Americans making FOIA requests about the Regime. This led to requests being stalled, lost, etc.32. Obama instigated a revolution in Egypt against an ally in the War on Terror.33. Obama violated the War Powers Act of 1973 by conducting a war against Libya without Congressional authorization.34. Obama lied to the American people when he said that there were no US troops on the ground in Libya and then later said they were only “logistical troops.”35. Obama acted in April 2009, at the G20 meeting, to expand the Special Drawing Rights, that now gives the IMF more control over the US economy.36. Obama gave missile codes to British Trident missiles to Russia.37. Obama passed the Dream Act through an executive order, bypassing Congress again. DREAM is: Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors.38. Obama gave taxpayer funds to Solyndra (amongst others).39. Obama issued an EO on July 12, 2011, attempting to restrict the Second Amendment rights of US citizens in Texas, California, New Mexico and Arizona.40. Obama’s allowed the FCC to assume authority over the internet, in direct violation of a federal appeals court that DENIED the commission that authority. In December, the FCC voted and passed the first federal regulations on internet traffic.41. Obama allows the DHS/TSA to routinely violate the 4th/5th Amendment rights of Americans at airports, train stations, and VIPER checkpoints.42. Obama allows the DOJ in 2009 to stop enforcing federal drug laws in regards to marijuana.43. Obama allows the DOJ to refuse to enforce the Defense of Marriage Act.44. Obama attempted to bypass Congress and raise the Debt Ceiling by “reinterpreting” the 14th Amendment.45. Obama just bypassed the Senate AGAIN by appointing Richard Cordray to a new unconstitutional agency, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Violates policy.46. Obama deprived the due process of two U.S.citizens, Anwar al-Awlaki and Samir Khan, by assassinating them via a CIA drone attack in Yemen on Sept. 30, 2011. This also raises the question of an act of war against Yemen for firing into a sovereign nation. Obama said in 2008: “No. I reject the Bush Administration’s claim that the President has plenary authority under the U.S. Constitution to detainU.S.citizens without charges as unlawful enemy combatants.”47. Obama allowed Education Secretary Arne Duncan to grant waivers to No Child Left Behind however, this is a law enacted by Congress and neither Obama nor Duncan have the authority to authorize that.48. Obama allowed the bailouts to grant money without the authority to do so. “No money shall be drawn from the treasury, but in consequence of appropriations made by law.” Article 1, Section 9, Clause 7U.S.Constitution49. Obama allowed Operation Castaway to occur, which allowed firearms laws to be broken through coercion of legal gun dealers.50. Obama allowed Operation Fast and Furious to occur, which allowed hundreds of Mexican nationals and Border Agent Brian Terry to be murdered with illegal arms given out by the ATF and DOJ.51. Obama bypassed the Senate to appoint three people to the National Labor Relations Board. (Naturally, they’ll all be Obomobots) Violates policy.

Dan
Dan

Probably because Repubs are the ones who are all "OMG CUT TEH BUDGET!" yet have much more debt than the DFL. 

Harrumph!
Harrumph!

Yeah, it's like sex scandals: Dems don't get as much attention when they're caught with their pants down because they don't preach "family values" to the level that repubs do. Same hypocrisy applies here.

Kirk the Conservative Jerk
Kirk the Conservative Jerk

ya, look at Bill Clinton.  He lies about banging his interns in the oval office, and yet he's revered.Obama lied to most of his followers about what he could get done, especially the anti war crowd.

How could anyone hold someone to standards that they themselves could not keep?

Apparently evil has no standards...

karen marie
karen marie

Ending the clusterf*ck in Iraq and bringing the troops home was a promise Candidate Obama made and President Obama kept.

That being said, I'm terribly disappointed.  Obama only lied to "most of his followers"?  Are you suggesting that he has in fact accomplished goals he set as candidate?   Say it's not so!  And yet all we hear from the likes of you is that he's a failure, having accomplished nothing.For those of you with reading comprehension issues:  what's reported in this story is news because the party of "personal responsibility" has welched on its lease, having agreed to pay more (according to them) than market value for more space than they need (again, according to them).  

Pizza Papa
Pizza Papa

Your article reads like this: 1) Democrats have debt like the Republicans do.  Why doesn't anybody talk about that?  2) Here's an idea... let's talk more about the Republican debt and go into every little detail about it.  3) Conclusion: Republicans suck.

Mike Man
Mike Man

3) Well, yeah - they do. Glad you agree.

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