This is what Huether submitted for his financial disclosure. City Clerk approved it saying it was ‘unintentional’ that he did not file everything. Heck, he doesn’t even list his mayoral salary.
This is what council candidate Bonita Schwan filed from the advice of city clerk Lorie Hogstad (Doc: Â bonita-schwan_SFI)
It’s been known for a long time that city clerk, Lorie Hogstad, singled out Bonita Schwan in misleading her on her financial disclosure. Instead of just telling Bonita she could be ‘vague’ and ‘general’ in her disclosure, she asked for a detailed report. I won’t speculate why this was done, I could have a million reasons, but read the email transcripts for yourself (starting with the earliest);
From: Bonita Schwan
Sent: Monday, January 27, 2014 9:37 AM
To: Hogstad, Lorie
Subject: Re: City Council Meeting Calendar
Good Morning Lorie it is Bonita Schwan.Â I was reviewing the forms in my Election Packet this weekend and had a question regarding the Statement of Financial Interest Candidate for Public Office form.Â My question is specifically in regards to question number seven (on page 1) and the definition of “Nature of your association”(page 2, 3.) and “Close economic interest” (page 2, 4.(2)) and “Enterprise” (page 2,4.(3)).Â For example, do I need to list municipal bond income that I received in 2013 from St.Paul Minnesota that is in excess of $2,000?Â Thank you for your help
Lorie.Â Bonita Schwan.
E-Mail Dated 1/29/14
Hi Bonita â€“ My apologies for the delay in responding to your question. The answer to your question would be yes, that you would need to report the municipal bond income.Â Please let me know if I can furnish any additional information.
Sincerely, Lorie Hogstad, CMC
So why wasn’t this important piece of information given to all of the other candidates? Why is it that Bonita was the only candidate that needed to be ‘unintentional’ in her disclosure?
This shows us a couple of different things. Huether plays by his own rules and the city clerk and city attorney allow him to do so. It also shows that the clerk’s office lacks consistency on implementing the rules. But they also don’t know how to write a simple ballot correctly, go figure.