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Report: Dayton campaign broke the law during Bemidji trip

BEMIDJI-- Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton’s campaign committee broke state law by allowing a campaign staffer to travel on a state-owned airplane during an October 2012 trip to Bemidji and International Falls, a report from the Legislative Auditor’s office said Thursday.

“Since the campaign official did not travel with the Governor to participate in

state government business, it was a violation of state law and MnDOT policy for

the campaign official to travel on the state airplane,” the report said.

In response, the Dayton administration pledged not to repeat the alleged violation.

“This was an error and will not happen again,” Dayton chief of staff Tina Smith acknowledged in a letter attached to the auditor’s report.