Indivisible St. Peter/Greater Mankato, a non-partisan community group dedicated to democracy and improving people’s lives, is hosting an anti-corruption rally on Thursday, Sept. 17th, 4:30-5:30pm at Minnesota Square Park in St. Peter (on 169 and College) about Representative Jim Hagedorn, who they say has recently come under scrutiny for spending taxpayer money on two vendors connected to members of his staff.
“Our tax dollars should be used for helping the working people of our community, not for lining the pockets of Hagedorn’s staff members. We want to show Representative Hagedorn, and all residents of Minnesota’s 1st Congressional District, that we hold our leaders accountable,” said Kristie Campana, member of Indivisible St. Peter/Greater Mankato and Mankato resident.
According to their press release:
Last month Representative Hagedorn came under fire for spending more than $100,000 of taxpayer money at a Texas-based company owned by a member of his staff to print postcards for constituents that read, “Proudly printed in Minnesota!” Hagedorn additionally spent nearly $340,000 of taxpayer dollars at another company, Abernathy West, owned by the brother of another staff member. Hagedorn himself has denied the seriousness of this matter.
“This is just another example in a long list of corrupt actions from Representative Hagedorn that demonstrate his disrespect for constituents. We’re holding this rally on Constitution Day, which commemorates the basic principles and laws of our nation, because we the people deserve a representative that puts us first, not his wealthy friends.” said Campana.