No fine for Dayton's campaign finance violation

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The Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board will not fine Governor Mark Dayton for not reporting his use of the state plane in a timely fashion, even though the board found that Dayton violated state law with those late reports.

The Star Tribune reports that the complaint from the Minnesota Jobs Coalition arose after Dayton used the state plane for several outstate trips and made both official and campaign stops.

According to the Associated Press the campaign finance board found that the reporting violation was inadvertent and has since been corrected.

The board did not issue an opinion on whether or not it was appropriate for Dayton to use the state plane for political trips.

Dayton's spokesperson Katherine Tinucci said they are pleased with the board's findings.

Ben Golnik of the Minnesota Jobs Coalition said his group will continue watching Dayton's use of the plane.

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