Minnesota’s campaign finance watchdog says a Democratic senator’s new job heading a lobbying group doesn’t necessarily conflict with his role as a lawmaker. The Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board said in a draft advisory opinion released Tuesday that Sen. David Tomassoni may face a conflict of interest on specific votes or actions.
A Minnesota State Senator says he doesn’t think his new job as the head of an Iron Range lobbying group conflicts with his role as a lawmaker.
The Minnesota House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly to reject Gov. Mark Dayton’s proposal to raise income taxes on the wealthy, but the Democratic governor calls the vote and an earlier one in the state Senate political game-playing as he tussles with Republicans over how to fix the state’s $5 billion budget shortfall.