The Insiders Club: Corruption in the Minnesota GOP

A Victim Speaks Out

“I went to the fifth congressional district convention. They railroaded me to death! They violated federal law. They violated FEC rules, and they violated ethics. It was so bad that my wife was crying when she left.” This was the opening statement from one victim of the swamp tactics used to stay in power in Minnesota. At first, he was the only one running for that seat. The night Chris Chamberlin showed up at the convention, he learned that there was someone else running.

Unqualified Candidate

The other candidate was not supposed to run, however. What she decided to do violates Federal Election Commission's rules, which states that a candidacy is not official until a candidates registration is posted by the FEC Office of Public Records and then posted to the site. Although she was not a registered candidate, she was still allowed to speak and to seek the Republican endorsement of her candidacy, which also violates the rules. She was not posted until April 24, 2018, and is only posted as a newly registered possible candidate.

That is only the tip of the iceberg regarding the GOP corruption in Minnesota. This same candidate was on the nomination board. She not only interviewed Chamberlin, but she also voted not to endorse him. After deciding not to endorse him, she decided to run for the seat herself. This violates ethical standards.

A Titanic Scandal in the Making

The convention rules state that all candidates have to meet with the Executive Nomination Committee by the 14th of the month. They also had to meet with the Executive Fifth Congressional District committee and be fully registered by that date, to include an employer identification number, which she did not have. Conveniently, this was amended to the 15th without notifying candidates or delegates.

A conversation was overheard in which one of the committee members had stated that he did not know about the switch in dates. This means that not even committee members were made aware. When the discrepancy was brought into question, they were told it was none of their business and that they just “had to deal with it.” None of the committee members had a say in whether or not the date was amended.

That Is Against the Law!

The Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, or FDCPA, is a federal law stating that an entity, business or corporation cannot run a background check on anyone without their notification and written consent. However, that is what the Convention did. A background check was run on Chamberlin, including financial and criminal records, without notifying him and without obtaining his permission to do so.

It was discovered that Google was used to obtain this background information and that it was not even accurate. It was passed around the convention to all delegates, many of whom approached Chamberlin afterward, angry that he was being slandered in such a fashion. According to a D.C. lawyer who is familiar with the role of a nominations committee, the committee has three easy functions, and only three.

Check with the Secretary Of State to make sure a candidate is eligible to run and vote.
Check to make sure residency requirements are met.
Check to make sure age requirements are met.

These functions are all that a committee should do. A background check was not one of their responsibilities and what is worse, the information was denied to Chamberlin when he requested it but was spread around to all the delegates. Chamberlin does not know exactly what was being shown to the delegates. When he asked associates, they informed him that the vote counter collected all the information handed out and they were quickly destroyed.

Losing on Purpose

The stated purpose from the candidates own mouth, as to why this happened, was that she knew she would not win, but that she wanted to stop Chamberlin and help the rest of Minnesota. The magnitude of that statement can be felt when one realizes the person Chamberlin intends to unseat is Keith Ellison. The new candidate is willing to lose that seat to a man alleged to have ties to the Muslim Brotherhood, and who posed with Antifa paraphernalia to threaten the President.

All of this effort is an attempt to keep Chamberlin from possibly unseating Ellison and draining the Minnesota swamp. At this point in time, legal options are being considered. Chamberlin says he wants to give the Fifth Congressional Chair and the Minnesota GOP Chair a chance to take action against the corruption. In the meantime, the race for Keith Ellison's seat is still going strong, and plans to go to the primary are still in effect. This race looks to be a hot one, with the establishment desperate to keep the swamp from draining and taking them with it.

Mary Magaline / Copy Editor

I thrive on political dialogue. Communicating truth has a way of cutting through the noise in this world. When there is chaos all round, you will find me grounded in my Christian faith and networking with like-minded friends online. I love President Trump and I want my country back!
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  1. Wow.

    That is just outrageous.

    I hope this gets resolved, because it is so unethical, it’s unbelievable.

  2. The article is mistaken in two ways. First, there are no such FEC rules regarding endorsement. There is no FEC obligation to open an FEC file until the threshold on campaign spending or fund raising has been crossed. Second, convention rules are not fully adopted until the convention has been underway for about an hour. Unless the CD5 Constitution places restricts on when a candidate must come forward, there are none.

  3. Looks like Chris Chamberlain is getting screwed.....wow




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