DFL Gov. Mark Dayton spent nearly $750,000 in legal fees during the recount held after the November 2010 election. He beat Republican Tom Emmer by 9,000 votes, but that was a small enough margin to trigger the recount.
A filing over the weekend shows that five law firms for the recount were paid off by March through a special political fund, the AP reports.
Emmer’s recount costs were routed through a Republican Party fund that isn’t subject to reporting, the story says. State Republican Party Chairman Tony Sutton wouldn’t say if those recount bills all have been paid. He did say the details of Emmer’s recount spending won’t be released voluntarily. “We’re not required to, so we’re not going to,” Sutton told AP.