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GOP group seeks time to satisfy board order

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A company Minnesota Republicans used to shield 2010 recount costs has received an extension to formally register a campaign account and report its finances.

Count Them All Properly missed an end-of-July deadline to submit paperwork, but got 10 more days to comply. The corporation was ordered to disclose information after an investigation into the state GOP's muddled finances.

The shell company owes $3,100 in fees and penalties assessed by state campaign regulators.

Campaign board executive director Gary Goldsmith also says that state GOP officials have approached him about possibly establishing a payment plan to make good on nearly $27,000 in penalties levied against the party.

The Republican Party, Count Them All Properly and former GOP chairman Tony Sutton face a mid-August deadline to pay fines in the case.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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