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Senate GOP Doesn’t Plan Campaign Brochure Hearing

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Senate Majority Leader David Senjem says he probably will not hold a Rules and Administration Committee hearing about the GOP use of taxpayer money in creating what were perceived as campaign materials.

Senate Republican spokesman Steve Sviggum has taken responsibility for including a political fundraising link in brochures distributed at the Republican precinct caucuses. Senjem says the cost of printing the materials came to less than $50.

Senjem received a letter late Thursday from Senate Minority Leader Tom Bakk urging a hearing to investigate the full costs of the incident. Senjem says he’s open to discussing the issue outside a hearing.

Bakk said Friday that he would also ask that any funds raised as a result of the link in the brochure be turned over to the state general fund.

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