Dayton v. Kennedy

Returning Senator Mark Dayton to the Ranks of the Idle Rich in 2006


Rich Man, Poor Man

The Dayton campaign ends not with a bang, but with a whimper.

”Sen. Mark Dayton said Thursday he'll return about $72,000 in campaign contributions and use the remaining $72,000 to wrap up his reelection campaign.

Dayton, a Democrat, announced last week he would not seek reelection. He said he will return contributions earmarked for the general election, as required by law.

The other $72,000, which was earmarked for the primary, will be used to pay for administrative costs of his campaign, he said.

That includes paying the salaries of his four campaign workers for the next month, paying them severance, and filing campaign finance reports for the next two years.”

Dayton, who famously (ok, perhaps a generous use of the term) claimed he would only accept a salary of $1 as a U.S. Senator, will continue to do so for the remainder of his term. Dayton donated his salary of $162,100 usually to the Minnesota Senator Federation, without whom he may never have been elected Senator. Dayton garnered sizeable press over his shuttling seniors to Canada for cheaper prescription drugs and for starting a health care hotline for Minnesotans battling their HMOs.

Dayton doesn’t know if the Federation will continue their bus trips in the spring or not. "If they don't continue the bus trips, or scale them back, then I would donate the money to something else.”

--Posted by First Ringer


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