Dayton holding onto $80K in campaign fundsby Tom Scheck, Minnesota Public Radio
St. Paul, Minn. — Gov. Mark Dayton has raised $80,000 dollars in campaign funds since he took office in January.
Dayton reports raising $80,348 since between January 1 and July 1. His campaign spent $55,000, mostly on legal fees, payroll for campaign staff and a contribution to the DFL Party. The campaign reports bankholdings of $54,000.
The governor vowed to voluntarily disclose his fundraising activity on a quarterly-basis, even though he's not required by law to do so. Dayton has pushed for increased disclosure of campaign fundraising for politicians, political committees and political parties. He said the current disclosure dates don't give the public a good indication of how political money is spent when the Legislature is in session.
Dayton's proposal didn't make any progress in the Republican controlled Legislature.