"We don't lobby at the Federal level"- Elwyn Tinklenberg, 2008 CD 6 DFL candidate. 12-13-07, Buffalo, MN.
ENGAGEMENT OF I-94 LOBBYIST
City Administrator Kruse addressed the Council asking what their wishes were after they had a chance to hear what Mr. Tinklenberg had to share with them. Does the Council wish to go ahead with hiring Mr. Tinklenberg as a Lobbyist to represent Albertville?
Mayor Peterson feels Albertville needs to go ahead with hiring a lobbyist. Council member Fay was in favor of hiring a lobbyist but has hopes of getting some funds in return. Council member Berning was not much in favor of hiring a lobbyist at this point. Council member Vetsch was new and was hesitant on hiring a lobbyist. Council member Klecker agreed with Peterson and Fay to go ahead with hiring a lobbyist.
Council understood the need to action now because Congress is back in session if the City wants to get any financial assistance from the federal and state levels.
City Administrator Kruse wanted to clarify with City Attorney Couri how would the City draft the contract between the City of Albertville and Mr. Tinklenberg. Some discussion ensued about how to structure an agreement.
MOTION BY Mayor Peterson, seconded by Council member Fay to have staff work with Mr. Tinklenberg to outline a work plan and an agreement for Tinklenberg to Lobby for I-94 funding and report back to the January 18, 2005 Council meeting. Mayor Peterson, Council members Fay, Klecker, and Vetsch voted aye. Council member Berning voted nay. Motion carried. (emphasis added)
Why the discussion of "Congress" "financial assistance from the federal and state levels" and "I-94 funding" if someone does not lobby at "the federal level"?
Why would Elwyn deny lobbying at the federal level when it's pretty clear that he is? What is he hiding?More to follow on Tinklenberg's lobbying ties...