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Dayton, Johnson get big public money for race

Published:   |   Updated: August 26, 2014 at 05:28 PM

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican challenger Jeff Johnson are getting big infusions of public money for their campaigns.

Dayton received $534,000 in public subsidies in his bid for a second term, while Johnson took in about $389,000.

The state gives public subsidies to candidates who abide by spending limits. The money comes from general fund money and from Minnesotans' tax submissions, which can mean differences in how much the candidates get.

The Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board announced Thursday it doled out nearly $2.4 million total to 238 candidates in the November election.

Dayton and Johnson got some extra money: They split the $219,000 cash due to Independence Party gubernatorial candidate Hannah Nicollet, who fell short of the donation threshold needed to unlock the public subsidy.

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