Mark Dayton earned $166,889 last year without lifting a finger

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Mark Dayton dropped big donations on Planned Parenthood and MinnPost
Mark Dayton, one of three candidates running in the DFL primary election, released his tax records to reporters today. Dayton earned $172,475 in 2009, according to the records.

The overwhelming bulk of the income -- $166,889 -- came from family trusts. He's an heir to the Dayton's Department Store vault, though as his campaign notes, he has no investment control over the trusts.

Easy come, easy go: Dayton also claimed $26,883 in charitable contributions last year, according to his records. Of the 27 total donations, the largest went to Planned Parenthood ($5,000) and MinnPost ($3,000). Dayton also made two donations of $2,500 each to YMCA Camp Widjiwagan.

In a statement, Dayton called for all of the 2010 gubernatorial candidates to follow his lead and release their records as well.

"Both Republican President George W. Bush and Democratic President Barack Obama released their tax returns," Dayton said. "Their bi-partisan commitment to transparency should set an example for those of us, who want to be Minnesota's next Governor."

DFL-endorsed Margaret Anderson Kelliher is scanning in her tax records as this post is being written, says campaign spokesman Matt Swenson. Team Kelliher plans to release the records by the end of the day.

"Margaret thinks it's important for Minnesotans to know how their next Governor earns a living," says Swenson in an e-mail. "Margaret will release a summary of her income taxes and calls on all candidates in the race to do the same."

But not every candidate intends to answer the call. In an e-mail, Matt Entenza campaign spokesman Jeremy Drucker says, simply, "We have no plans to do so."


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