The Minnesota DFL held a zoom press conference Wednesday regarding alleged unethical action by Congressman Jim Hagedorn. Hagedorn is accused of spending more than one-fifth of his entire annual office budget in the first quarter of this year. The DFL says much of that money was spent on constituent mailing, with some of it contracted out to a company owned by a part-time staffer of Hagedorn. DFL party chair Ken Martin says where there’s smoke, there’s usually fire.
“Franking on its own is not illegally,” said Martin. “But when you consider the amount of franking he’s doing compared to his colleagues and then that’s he using companies owned by his own staff, there are clearly ethical concerns here and Hagedorn was involved in it.”
Hagedorn fired his former chief of staff Peter Su. Martin called that scapegoating.
“The fact that he’s fired some of his staff should show there’s more to this story,” said Martin. “It’s shameful.”
Hagedorn has not publicly commented on the issue. According to Legistorm, Hagedorn spent more of his office budget than any other congressman in the first quarter of this year.