A recent letter sent out by a former supporter of Charles Carlson âÄî the University of Minnesota student who dropped out of the Ward 2 race for Minneapolis City Council after making a series of false claims âÄî stated that Carlson should be prosecuted for theft by fraud. Carlson received about $1,700 in donations during his campaign and now some of his former supporters are calling for a legal investigation. Jesse Berglund, a former supporter of Carlson's campaign and an attorney who gave him occasional legal advice, sent out a letter stating that supporters of Carlson who donated to his campaign should seek compensation for their donations because they were made under the dependence on Carlson's false claims that included stories about growing up in England, attending Princeton University and a variety of other schools. âÄúThis is beyond campaign misstatement, this was about creating a false persona for the personal advancement of Charles Carlson,âÄù Berglund said. âÄúThe candidate we donated to is not the real Charles Carlson, in fact, he intended it not to be him at all.âÄù After CarlsonâÄôs lies were uncovered, he admitted to having schizophrenia affective disorder, which could have affected his perception of reality. Brad Baso, a former Carlson supporter, donated $100 to CarlsonâÄôs campaign. Baso said he wants to see the case investigated. âÄúI feel like I was betrayed,âÄù he said. Berglund included a standardized letter for former supporters to send to Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman , in hopes that Freeman would take on the case. However, FreemanâÄôs spokeswoman Rondah Kinchlow said this case would go to a civil court, not the Hennepin County AttorneyâÄôs office. David Schultz, a political expert and professor at Hamline University, said itâÄôs unlikely that donors will get their money back. âÄúIn the same way that if anyone gives money to a candidate and they say âÄòIâÄôm going to raise taxes or lower taxes âÄ¦âÄô you canâÄôt get your money back based on a false promise,âÄù Schultz said. âÄúUnder most campaign finance laws âÄ¦ they are not going to get their money back.âÄù
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