Dayton has raised $32,000 this year for his re-election campaign
April 15, 2013 — 7:51pm
Gov. Mark Dayton has raised just $32,000 so far this year and has spent $42,000 for his re-election campaign.
As of two weeks ago, Dayton had about $86,000 cash on hand.
The governor voluntarily files quarterly campaign finance disclosures because he believes Minnesota election officials should be required to file more often than currently required. State law would not require him to disclose his campaign finance details until next year.
The governor, an heir to the Dayton department store fortune, spent almost $3.9 million of his own money on his 2010 campaign. His campaign still technically owes him that money but he has said he expects it will never be paid back.
No high-profile Republican has yet declared a run against Dayton, although many are considering gubernatorial bids.
During an MPR interview in front a live audience, Dayton reiterated his support for middle class tax cuts, a big boost in transportation funding and universal prekindergarten during next year's legislative session, all priorities he was unable to achieve in the 2015 session.
State Auditor Rebecca Otto, reeling from a new law allowing counties to hire private audit firms to review their finances, said in a statement she has hired outside counsel "to help me assess the implications of this law and its impact on the core function of auditing."