Franken campaign says he'll pay NY workers' comp fine
MINNEAPOLIS - Democratic Senate candidate Al Franken will pay a $25,000 fine to the state of New York for failure to carry workers' compensation insurance, his campaign said Thursday.
The New York Workers' Compensation Board levied the fine against Alan Franken Inc. in August 2006, for not having the insurance from June 2002 to March 2005.
The state said it sent numerous notices to Franken's New York address, but Franken's campaign said he only learned of the fine this week after it was reported by a blogger. Franken moved to Minnesota around the time the fine was levied.
Jess McIntosh, a campaign spokeswoman, said payment would be sent along with a letter that "says we believe this may be in error." Franken's accountant will look into whether the fine should be appealed, she said.