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Sat Oct 17, 2020, 04:17 AM

MN-01: Hagedorn, DJ deal could draw FCC inquiry

MANKATO — KTOE DJ Al Travis Thielfoldt and Congressman Jim Hagedorn face further questions about the nature of their working relationship as documents raise questions over whether Hagedorn’s campaign paid Thielfoldt for radio interviews, which experts say could trigger a Federal Communications Commission inquiry.

The Free Press recently obtained a series of invoices written by Thielfoldt in his work as a paid advertising consultant to the campaign covering September 2019 and the first five months of 2020. In those monthly invoices, Thielfoldt lists dates of interviews he or others conducted with Hagedorn on KTOE as well as interview blocks of time.

Those interviews featured Hagedorn talking with Thielfoldt on a variety of issues, from football to the weather to COVID-19, rather than a straight news segment. Thielfoldt, an afternoon talk show host on KTOE, lists 10 interviews with Hagedorn from Jan. 6 to May 18 in the 2020 invoices reviewed by The Free Press.

Thielfoldt said Friday the invoices reflect work he did as well as times he knew Hagedorn was on KTOE. He was paid a flat fee of $3,500 per month for “social media services.” He said his invoices also reflected times he met with the candidate either in person or by phone.


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Sat Oct 17, 2020, 06:27 AM

1. No idea what party these candidates are.

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Sat Oct 17, 2020, 08:17 AM

2. Republican

Hagedorn is married to Jennifer Carnahan (MN GOP chair).

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