Fiscally conservative State Senator Sean Nienow, (R-Cambridge) and his wife, Cynthia have been sued for failure to repay a loan from the Small Business Association (SBA). The loan was taken out on January 16, 2009, in the amount of $613,000 for their business known as the National Camp Association, Inc. and was described as an organization to aid parents in the selection of a camp to send their children to. The Nienows have not made a payment since July 28, 2010.
It is hard to understand how the business qualified for a loan of over a half million dollars, as its website said that they would help parents choose the right camp for their children free of charge. It never did appear to hold much promise as a lucrative operation, and was dissolved in 2012. The Nienows personally guaranteed the loan.
Nienow is a former district chairman of the Republican party and gained notoriety when he proclaimed that providing funding for the Vikings’ new stadium “is not the role of government.”
He was also a supporter of Representative Michele Bachmann who joined him in a call for an audit of the state’s Medicaid payments, to root out the fraud and mismanagement that they see running rampant everywhere.
On his web page Nienow tells his constituents:
“Fiscal responsibility with the tax payers money is a high priority for Senator Nienow. The same common sense money management used by families and businesses is also necessary with the state budget. Senator Nienow is committed to being thoughtful, prudent and disciplined with your tax dollars to ensure the state meets its obligations, provides appropriate help to those in need, and fosters a vibrant economic climate for Minnesota business.”
The suit says that the Nienows owe $558,076.53 in principal and administrative costs of $189,861.09 for a total of $747,937.62. They have 21 days to respond.