Republican candidate for governor Scott Honour earned $1.7 million last year and paid about $636,000 in state and federal taxes, according to the federal tax form summary he voluntarily disclosed.
He earned far more than any other gubernatorial candidate and paid far more in taxes. Honour paid more in taxes than any of the other candidates earned, according to tax information others have released.
Honour, an investment banker, also gave far more to charity than any of his rivals. According to the federal documents, he contributed $78,876 to charity.
Honour joins DFL Gov. Mark Dayton as well as Republicans Jeff Johnson and Dave Thompson in voluntarily disclosing his earning, tax payments and charitable deductions. Republican candidate Kurt Zellers released some tax information but not what he gave to charity. Republican Marty Seifert refused to release his tax information.
In addition to his income tax payments, Honour also paid $147,083 in property taxes last year.
Honour has not said how much of his own money he will put into his campaign or if he will personally contribute.
Dayton, an heir to the Dayton's department store fortune, put more than $3 million into his 2010 campaign for governor in 2010 but has said he will not self finance next year's re-election bid.
Image: Scott Honour
Republican House Leader Kurt Daudt believes a state presentation on Minnesota's economy prepared for a legislative hearing strayed from factual to political.
"The presentation was designed to look like a re-election campaign advertisement for you," Daudt, R-Crown, said in a letter to DFL Gov. Mark Dayton Monday regarding the state Department of Employment and Economic Development's prepared testimony for a hearing last week.
Asked for a response, Dayton deputy chief of staff Bob Hume completely dismissed the accusation, calling it "ridiculous."
"The Governor would be happy to sit with Representative Daudt, or the entire GOP caucus, and enumerate the games and gimmicks that have been in past budgets," Hume said in a statement. "The bottom line is that Rep. Daudt doesn’t like the fact that the economy is improving because it doesn’t suit his political needs. We have good news to tell, and that’s what we’ve been doing."
The presentation, according to the House Republicans, included slides with titles like "games and gimmicks caused a budget roller coaster," "leveling the playing field for the middle class" and "reforming government through smart investments."
Shortly after the presentation began last week, Republicans objected to its tone.
"I'm not sure it was games and gimmicks," Sen. Dave Senjem, R-Rochester, said during the hearing. "I will tell you there were people on each side of the aisle doing the best job they could to try to make the system work in good faith."
Senate Minority Leader David Hann, R-Eden Prairie, said part of the presentation was "out of line."
House Speaker Paul Thissen, DFL-Minneapolis, said at the time that the committee should set aside the idea of taking credit or not for the state of the economy. To a request that the committee skip the presentation until it was stripped of partisanship, Thissen proposed they move forward with the facts.
Much of the slideshow ended up being set aside during the hearing but it still raised ire.
"The nature of the presentation makes the preparation and use of it an inappropriate use of state resources for campaign purposes," Daudt said in his letter on Monday. He said if the Dayton administration uses the presentation, House Republicans will take "any action necessary" to stop it.
In reaction to Daudt's letter, Thissen spokesman Michael Howard said the original presentation was off focus.
"The request to DEED was to deliver a presentation focused on the strengths and challenges facing Minnesota's economy in the future and their PowerPoint presentation didn't necessarily reflect that focus," Howard said in a statement. "That is why the CF moved away from the PowerPoint presentation and focused more on productive testimony."
See the presentation's slide show, as captured by the House Republicans, below and view the video of the hearing here. The DEED portion of the meeting starts about 1 hour and 12 minutes in.
This post was updated with reaction from Michael Howard, Thissen's spokesman, and Bob Hume, Dayton deputy chief of staff.
When turkeys come to visit the Minnesota Capitol, great hilarity ensues.
Gov. Tim Pawlenty got winged in 2004 and wrestled in 2005, U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar got a flapping surprise in 2011 and a turkey made a break for it in 2012.
Former Govs. Jesse Ventura (with his own before and after in 1999) and Arne Carlson in 1996 with calmer birds.
What will happen this year? Follow the live blog below to discover. The turkey arrives at 10:45 this morning.
Republican candidate for governor Kurt Zellers and his wife took in $116,222 last year and paid $13,244 in taxes, according to information released by his campaign.
State Rep. Zellers joins DFL Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican rivals state Sen. Dave Thompson and Hennepin County commissioner Jeff Johnson in voluntarily releasing his tax information. Minnesota requires officials to release very little information about their income but some gubernatorial candidates have chosen to add an extra layer of transparency.
Unlike Dayton, Thompson and Johnson, Zellers has not released any information about his charitable giving, despite a request from the Star Tribune. Update: He paid $5,057 in state taxes, according to his campaign.
Donations to charity, or lack thereof, have a caused a bit of turmoil this year as Dayton tax release disclosed that he gave $1,000 to charity last year from his income of more than $340,000.
Republican candidate for governor Scott Honour, a businessman who is believed to be among the most well off of the candidates, will release his tax information, his campaign said.
Republican Marty Seifert, who officially entered the race last week, said he would not follow suit in disclosing details of his income.
Emerging anew into the political scene on Thursday, Republican Marty Seifert jumped into the already crowded race to unseat DFL Gov. Mark Dayton next year.
"I think it's a wide open race," Seifert said at a St. Paul announcement.
Seifert, the always quick with a quip former Minnesota legislator, adds a prominent outstate voice to the race. He long represented Marshall, Minnesota in the Legislature and has been the executive director of the Avera Marshall Foundation since late 2010.
This is Seifert's second swing for the seat. He ran in 2010 and dropped out when he lost the Republican endorsement to Tom Emmer.
He said although he will work hard to win the nod at next spring's Republican Party convention he is "open minded" regarding running in a primary if he does not receive that imprimatur.
Seifert, 41, will join other Republicans in that openness. Both businessman Scott Honour and state Rep. Kurt Zellers have made clear they will continue to run if convention activists pick someone else. Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson and state Sen. Dave Thompson have said they will abide by the endorsement. All four of those candidates hail from the Twin Cities suburbs.
Seifert differs from those four in saying he will not release his tax information to the public. Dayton has long released his; Johnson and Thompson released theirs and officials from Honour and Zellers' campaigns have said theirs will be on the way as well.
Seifert said he has moved to part time work at the medical foundation and will phase out of that job entirely in December so that he can concentrate on his campaign.
“Once before former Rep. Marty Seifert tried to convince the right-wing activists in the Republican Party that he would carry their conservative torch through a gubernatorial election," said DFL Chair Ken Martin. Martin claimed the lesson of the 2013 elections was that Republicans should offer up someone who can work with both Democrats and Republicans. "It will be interesting to see if Republican activists got that memo.”
When Seifert ran three years ago, Republican activists saw Emmer as more exciting choice and a better conservative standard barer. Emmer, who is now running for the U.S. House seat Rep. Michele Bachmann will vacate, went on to narrowly lose to Dayton in what otherwise was a very good year to the GOP.
State Rep. Dean Urdahl, R-Grove City, was a Emmer supporter in 2010 and is now backing Seifert. He said that, in retrospect, Seifert may have been able to beat Dayton back then and he believes he can do it next year.