Fillmore among counties still waiting for GOP payment

Published 9:11 am Thursday, June 2, 2011

The GOP may be paid up in Mower County, but other counties are still waiting for a check.

At least three Minnesota counties say they’re still waiting for the state Republican party to reimburse them for recount-related costs from about six months ago. Party officials are asking for patience.

Fillmore, Houston and Winona counties have sent multiple inquiries to GOP headquarters in St. Paul. They’re seeking a combined $3,000 for staff time and copy costs related to election documents from last year’s governor’s race.

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Auditor-Treasurer Doug Groh knows the feeling. His office finally received payment in March when the Republican Party reimbursed the county $2,242 for collecting and copying data for the governor’s recount.

Sue Rivers, Winona County’s auditor and treasurer, said the county did the work and expects to be paid.

State Republican party chair Tony Sutton says everyone will get paid. He says the state party has been hampered by about $500,000 in debt related to the election, and party officials are slowly settling debts with about two dozen counties.