$534K subsidy headed to Dayton campaign; Johnson to get $389K
August 26, 2014 — 6:28pm
The state of Minnesota will help underwrite DFL Gov. Mark Dayton's re-election bid to the tune of $534,000 and give Republican challenger Jeff Johnson a nearly $400,000 cash boost.
Both gubernatorial hopefuls agreed to abide by spending limits and proved they gathered sufficient financial support from Minnesota donors in order to qualify for the state subsidy payments for their campaigns.
The Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board on Tuesday released the information about the exact subsidy amounts the candidates for governor would receive.
It said the Independence Party candidate for governor, Hannah Nicollet, will not get a subsidy. But 236 other candidates for constitutional office or Minnesota House will be getting subsidies.
State Auditor Rebecca Otto, whose office audits 59 of 87 Minnesota counties among other responsibilities, said a technical glitch in the state government finance bill that passed in the final hours of the legislative session could leave those counties without any auditing.