If you haven’t watched Chris Barden – GOP candidate for Attorney General – and his indictment of Attorney General Swanson and the man who pretty much pulls her strings, Mike Hatch, watch this:
The stuff about using staff to file grandstanding lawsuits that publicized his office but played fast and loose with the law? We’ve run into this on this blog before; back in 2003, I wrote a five part series on one of these suits, on Hatch’s watch, against “American Bankers”, a Florida company that ran afoul of state regulators. It was one of Hatch’s sleazier moments – and that of the media, too.
Part 1 – During the closing days of the Ventura Administration, the state Commerce Department, under Jim Bernstein, a former DFLer and radical anti-business commissioner, reaches a settlement as part of a multi-state action. And then American Bankers backs out.
Part 2 – American Bankers sends a check to the Minnesota GOP – coordinated by a DFL rainmaker with a long, cordial relationship with Hatch – which was illegal at the time. An automatic “thank you” letter goes out…
Part 3 – …which Hatch uses to ambush Pawlenty’s commerce commissioner, to push for an illegal diversion of settlement money to a Hatch-controlled charity.
Part 4 – Hatch springs one of his pet reporters on the MNGOP, creates a canned controversy.
Part 5 – The lack of media attention to the unravelling of Hatch’s story, back in 2003.
Watch the video. Read the five part report.
Tell a neighbor; Lori Swanson’s gotta go.