Press Release – Steve Simon exceeds expenditure limits
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 8/17/22 MEDIA CONTACT: Shannon Bruce, Campaign Chair, [email protected]
(Minneapolis, MN) – Republican candidate for Secretary of State Kim Crockett has been released from the public subsidy expenditure limits, however the campaign will still receive public subsidy funds. The reason is the total pre-primary campaign expenditures by the Simon for Secretary of State Committee exceeded the statutory limit, thus relieving the Crockett campaign of its public subsidy expenditure limits.
The statute declares a candidate and their committee may release themselves from expenditure limits imposed by accepting the public subsidy if their opponent, choosing not to be bound by the public subsidy expenditure limits, receives contributions or makes expenditures, “up to the close of the reporting period before the primary election, receipts or expenditures equal to 20 percent of the election segment expenditure limit for that office as set forth in subdivision 2.”
For the constitutional office of Secretary of State, the segment base spending limit is $483,900 for the 2021-22 election segment. The Simon for Secretary of State Committee spent $34,840.38 in Total Campaign Expenditures in 2021 and $177,087.35 in Total Campaign Expenditures as of the Pre-Primary report in 2022 (a total of $211,927.73). Twenty percent of the election segment base expenditure limit is $96,780, or more than $115,000 over the limit.
“Given the fact that the incumbent Simon has amassed a war chest to spend and will not be abiding by spending limits, I do welcome the extra funds to fight for the people of Minnesota who deserve better than what they have gotten over the past eight years. We are humbled and inspired by the hundreds of Minnesotans who have generously supported our campaign through many small dollar contributions. It is truly a grassroots movement, comprised of hard-working people who want common sense changes to our election laws, and an economy where small and large businesses alike can thrive.”
Kim Crockett appreciates that the public subsidy program, supported in part by the “check-off” option on state tax returns and the rest by appropriations, is supposed to encourage citizens to participate in campaigns and provide funds to candidates. She does not, however, agree with taxpayer dollars going to political campaigns, even when “directed” by people who support a candidate. Crockett would support a total repeal of the public subsidy program.