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No Fines For Campaign Groups That Failed To Register

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ST. PAUL (AP) – State campaign finance regulators won’t fine two conservative campaign groups or the Republican Governors Association for failing to register properly.

The Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board said Friday there was no evidence that the groups intentionally broke campaign finance laws.

The board investigated a complaint from the election watchdog group Common Cause, alleging that the groups tried to avoid state disclosure requirements by funneling money through multiple organizations.

Minnesota Future LLC and the State Fund for Economic Growth raised money from sources including the Republican Governors Association and TCF Financial that went to help elect Republican Tom Emmer in the governor’s race. Emmer lost.

Common Cause director Mike Dean says the state board is failing to hold the groups accountable.

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