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Dayton's raised more than $1 million for recount

Posted by: Rachel E. Stassen-Berger under Minnesota governor, Recount Updated: November 30, 2010 - 3:57 PM

Democrat Mark Dayton is gathering the cash for the gubernatorial recount.

"We have raised over a million dollars for this effort," Dayton recount manager Ken Martin said Tuesday.

But the seven figure number doesn't mean the cash is just flowing.

"To say raising money is easy now is a overstatement to say the least. It is difficult," said Ken Martin, Dayton's recount manager. "People spent a lot of money in the general election and they're tapped out."

Martin added: "It is going well for us. I'm not sure how its going for the other side."

Martin said there are some large donations from well-known Democratic donors but, despite a Republican theory, big Democratic funder Win Minnesota, which paid for anti-Emmer ads during the campaign, isn't among them.

"We've emptied our coffers. We spent everything we had on the election," he said.

He said he was in talks with the Democratic Governors Association about helping with the funding but no checks had yet arrived. He expects to need "several million dollars" to fund the recount fight.

Dayton leads Republican Tom Emmer by nearly 9,000 votes.

Because of the close margin, county officials are recounting all the 2.1 million ballots in the race. The results are expected to be certified next month.


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