- - Monday, April 23, 2012

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Minnesota’s debt-plagued Republican Party faces an eviction hearing next week after failing to pay rent for its headquarters since August.

The party’s landlord filed the notice in county housing court last week and a hearing is set for next week. Minnesota Republican Party Chairman Pat Shortridge told party members in a memo that officials are trying to renegotiate its lease.

The GOP has 21 months remaining on a lease with Hub Properties Trust for space a block from the state Capitol. Mr. Shortridge revealed the rent hadn’t been paid in eight months.

The most recent federal campaign reports show the Minnesota GOP owes nearly $1 million to vendors. That includes $107,000 to Hub Properties.

The eviction notice was first reported by Politics in Minnesota.


Pro-Romney group: Mystery $400K donation error

The super PAC supporting likely GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney says it provided the wrong address for a mysterious donor who gave $400,000. But Restore Our Future still won’t say who is behind the money.

Super PACs can accept unlimited donations and do not have to identify their donors. Most donors do identify themselves but in some cases hide their names behind limited liability partnerships.

The $400,000 gift was attributed to a donor in South Florida. But Carl Forti, the head of the super PAC, said Monday that the paperwork is being corrected. He blamed the mistake on a clerical error.

Last year, Restore Our Future did not identify the source of a $1 million gift until a former executive with Mr. Romney’s old firm, Bain Capital, stepped forward.


Gingrich visits state on eve of GOP primary

WILMINGTON — Newt Gingrich’s longshot bid for the Republican presidential nomination took him back to Delaware on the eve of the state’s presidential primary.

Mr. Gingrich was to attend Monday’s night’s meeting of the Brandywine-Wilmington Regional GOP Committee at state party headquarters in Wilmington.

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