Entenza Bypasses Public Financing in Auditor Race

Created: 07/18/2014 5:57 AM

Challenger Matt Entenza says he won't be bound by spending limits in his DFL primary contest with incumbent state Auditor Rebecca Otto.
Entenza, a former state representative, notified Otto's campaign this week that he will not sign a public subsidy agreement. That allows him to exceed the election cycle expenditure limit.
According to the Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board, the base spending limit for a state auditor candidate is currently $417,300, and $500,760 for an auditor candidate "with a closely contested primary."
An Entenza campaign spokesman tells Minnesota Public Radio News Entenza will be spending some of his own money and also raising money.
Otto says in an email she signed the public subsidy agreement. She questions why an auditor candidate would need to spend more than $400,000.

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