Julie Quist, the candidate's wife, said the use of the signs, which had been targeted for the trash before the special election popped up, will be considered an in kind gift from her to the Quist for House campaign. She said she asked Minnesota's Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board about the rules of the use of the signs after the issue popped up at the convention.
Campaign finance board executive director Gary Goldsmith confirmed that a state campaign can make a purchase from a federal campaign if it pays fair market value.
Allen Quist, who last served in the Legislature in the 1980s, has run for governor before and vied against Democratic U.S. Rep. Tim Walz last year. Walz got 57 percent of the vote in that race to Quist's 42 percent.
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