APNewsBreak: Minnesota GOP leader seeks cut of big donations

January 17, 2018 - 1:06 pm

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The chairwoman of Minnesota's Republican Party is seeking a commission from large donations to supplement her salary in what campaign finance experts call an unusual arrangement.

A memo obtained Wednesday by The Associated Press shows Jennifer Carnahan requesting a 10 percent payout from large contributions. Her memo to party leaders requested the commissions for the period from October 2017 through at least April 2018.

An accompanying chart showed Carnahan would get an immediate $24,500 payout.

Carnahan argued that her current pay is below market value and that she is not personally wealthy like some party leaders in other states. Her salary has not been publicized.

Carnahan and the state GOP did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

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