Dayton drew big inaugural checks after election

Published 10:23 am Thursday, August 6, 2015

ST. PAUL — After easily securing a second term as Minnesota governor, Democrat Mark Dayton landed sizable checks toward his early-January inauguration, including some from corporations whose leaders favored the GOP nominee in the race.

Donations to his inaugural committee — many of which were several times the contribution limit for candidates before elections — totaled $195,000, according to a report recently filed with the Internal Revenue Service.

An analysis by The Associated Press shows that nine donors gave at least $10,000, and about 85 percent of the contributions came in after the inaugural events. Some checks flowed in as late as April, although a Dayton political adviser said it was a matter of money being collected months after it was pledged.

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The adviser, campaign manager Katharine Tinucci, told the AP that Dayton didn’t personally solicit any of the money.

“He has not reviewed or even seen the list of donors and amounts, nor does he plan on reviewing the list,” she said Wednesday.