A judicial panel has dismissed a complaint against State Auditor Rebecca Otto filed by her DFL primary opponent Matt Entenza’s campaign.
The complaint was about a statement Otto made on her Facebook page about a vote in 2003 for a voter ID law when she was a state legislator. Otto said she didn’t vote for it. But the campaign manager for Matt Entenza said she did and filed the complaint saying she violated state law by misrepresenting her record.
The Office of Administrative Hearings dismissed the case, saying there was no evidence to support the claim that Otto made her statement knowing it was false.
“There are no disputed facts in the case,” the panel wrote, “only different interpretations of the meaning of the phrase ‘voter ID.’”
Entenza has been trying to make Otto’s votes for voter ID and for a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage an issue in the DFL primary contest for State Auditor. Otto says she campaigned heavily against both during the 2012 campaign after the GOP-controlled Legislature put them on the ballot.
Otto praised the ruling.
“I have never voted for voter ID,” said Otto. “In fact, I campaigned against it. So I am pleased that the panel of judges agreed so resoundingly that they rejected all of Mr. Entenza’s claims. I will continue to focus on my job of watching out for the best interest of the taxpayers of Minnesota.”
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Entenza’s campaign manager Dave Colling issued this statement:
“While the case was dismissed because of her confusion over the term ‘Voter ID’, it doesn’t change the fact that Rebecca Otto supported Voter ID. Matt along with the vast majority of his DFL colleagues- voted to eliminate Voter ID requirements. His stance on this issue has been consistent and unwavering.”
WASHINGTON – A Democratic super PAC and a labor union plan to spend $150,000 in the next week on TV ads critical of Republican Stewart Mills, who’s challenging DFL Congressman Rick Nolan in the 8th District.
The ad campaign from the House Majority PAC and AFSCME labor union comes a week after Mills raised more than Nolan in the most recent quarterly fundraising reports. On Friday, Nolan was also put in a special program for House Democrats facing tough reelection fights that gives candidates help with fundraising and logistical support.
The ad goes after Mills’ personal wealth and his opposition to a higher minimum wage and taxes.
It’s the first significant move by Democrats in the district and is a sign the party and its allies are concerned the seat is at risk. Mills has been spending heavily, including a personal loan to his campaign, to run his own biographical ads for the past month and also received a boost earlier this year after the Chamber of Commerce spent $500,000 on ads promoting him.
Republican Scott Honour has spent another $500,000 from his personal fortune on his campaign for governor.
Honour, a former director of a California-based global investment group, has spent $901,000 on his campaign over the last two years.
Honour’s campaign adviser, Pat Shortridge emphasized Honour’s outsider status when confirming the latest report.
“From the start, Scott’s made sure the campaign has what it takes financially to win the governor’s race,” Shortridge wrote in an e-mail. “But this campaign is about a lot more than money. It’s about who voters can trust to make real change in St. Paul.”
Honour started running TV ads on Fox News last week. His latest contribution to the campaign was first reported by Politics.MN.
He is challenging Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson, former state Rep. Marty Seifert and state Rep. Kurt Zellers in the Aug. 12 primary.
A spokesman for Johnson says Johnson is still in the hospital recovering from abdominal surgery for a peptic ulcer. The procedure was done earlier this week after Johnson complained of stomach pain.
A spokesman for Johnson’s campaign said he expects Johnson to be released from the hospital “in a day or two.” He said there have been no complications from the surgery.
DFL Gov. Mark Dayton earned $352,601 last year, according to the 2013 tax returns that he voluntarily released today. Dayton’s salary was $116,092. The rest of his income came from dividends of $73,062 and capital gains of $163,405. His total income was up about $9,300 from the previous year. Dayton is heir to his family’s department Read more →