Gov. Dayton made $343,234 last year, gave $1,000 to charity

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In the interest of transparency, Gov. Mark Dayton has released his tax returns for every year since 2009, back when he was just a candidate for the governor's office.

:::: UPDATE :::: Mark Dayton on meager charitable giving: "I'm disappointed in myself"

He dropped his 2012 returns yesterday afternoon, and they reveal that last year was a prosperous one for our governor: Dayton took home his state salary of $116,125, as well as $92,381 from the family trust, and $130,291 in capital gains, for a total income of $343,234.

That income puts Dayton among Minnesota's highest earners. Yet, according to his records, Dayton donated just $1,000 to charity in 2012.

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Dayton hasn't always given at this level. His 2009 return shows that on earnings of $172,475, Dayton claimed $26,883 in charitable contributions, spread over 27 total donations. The largest of those went to Planned Parenthood, MinnPost, and YMCA Camp Widjiwagan.

In 2010, the governor earned $671,724, and gave $8,150 to charity, which included $5,000 to the California-based spiritual institute Esalen, and $1,000 to Summit Academy.

Granted, Dayton still gave back last year in the form of taxes. His combined state and federal tax rate was 29.75 percent, and next year, he'll pony up more to Minnesota, under the highest-earners income tax increase he spearheaded in the most recent legislative session. For single filers like Dayton, the law defines highest earners as those with incomes of more than $150,001.

The Star Tribune asked Dayton's four Republican challengers in the 2014 gubernatorial race for tax returns of their own. As of Tuesday night, just one of them, Republican Dave Thompson, released his. It shows that his family earned $198,322 in 2012, and gave $20,465 to charity.

Dayton's 2012 tax records:

2012_MBD_Fed__State_returns_pw.pdf


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Jason Koffman
Jason Koffman

Clearly City Pages writers are donating their time because there is no way they could be paid to write this shit.

Tim Williams
Tim Williams

How much did City Pages donate last year?

Kevin M Frazier
Kevin M Frazier

why do you guys print this shit who cares that is private and should be kept that way

okf2
okf2

Hypocrite of a very high order -- always asking others to do what he is personally unwilling to do.    And charitable contributions are only the tip of the iceberg.    The Dayton trusts that are set up in South Dakota could be altered for "his" portion of that trust to be located here.   And that money isn't there so Dayton can go take a vacation in South Dakota.     It's the political class (like Dayton) that have raped and ravaged this country,  so why don't some of you OWS types go camp out in front of the governor's mansion?    Or are you hypocrites too?

debpias
debpias

$1,000 more than me, bro.

Isaac Hill
Isaac Hill

I have a feeling that this report is not a true report of what he actually contributes to society. Things may seem a certain way, yet he's obviously a philanthropist

W Orrin Eldred
W Orrin Eldred

Doesn't matter what the fund does, it it what the individual does. You have to lead by example, not from behind.

Curtis Boettjer
Curtis Boettjer

This is why we need more redistributive government programs! Because the 1% don't do their share! (mega-sarcasm)

john194
john194

Really!!! How about all of the people that help him during his campaigning. All voluntarily. Yes, he shouldn't have to donate, but sometimes people like him doesn't realize that he's lucky to be were he is at and that God can take it all away in a second. I have made owning a business this year $20,000. I have paid myself $5,000. I also have donated $600.00. Not saying everyone needs or can donate, but come on $1000. Cheap ass.

Duddy Ryer
Duddy Ryer

Who cares he doesn't have to donate anything

Amy Poole
Amy Poole

Huh. I was unaware you were legally obligated to DONATE to charity. (sarcasm) Yay for judging someone for what they do with their own income! (more sarcasm)

Victoria Sondreal
Victoria Sondreal

I thought I saw on the news the other night that he only makes $120000 and there are like 145 other government employees that make more than him? Either way, who gives a fuck what he does with his money? There are people richer than him that don't give at all, so why aren't we ragging on them?

Fluffy Singler
Fluffy Singler

Well, there are a bunch of Vice Presidents at the U who make more than that a year. He's certainly WAY wealthier than I am or probably your average reader. But there are quite few CEOs and Executives in the TC that would bump him out. Still, that is not very much of personal giving. I don't care how much the foundation gives.

Lily Ann
Lily Ann

Didn't MPR just do a piece, this week, about how much less he makes than many of his colleagues below him? Not to mention I donate thousands a year and probably 300 of it actually gets accounted for because I don't care who knows.

Nick Longworth
Nick Longworth

It's like that episode of King of Queens.. Anyone? Anyone?

Jan Silloway
Jan Silloway

geez, Jennifer, I enjoyed feeling smug and self righteous for a minute. You're right. Thanks for the reality check!

Chris Peden
Chris Peden

Why give your own money away? When you can give millions of tax dollars away.

Tim Stang
Tim Stang

i gave a bum a dollar last night...

Joshua Warren
Joshua Warren

Should have donated that salary to the stadium fund....

DavidFoureyes
DavidFoureyes topcommenter

Holy shit, a rich person that doesn't donate any decent proportion of their income to charity! Does someone think this is uncommon? A rich man once told me: My family hasn't stayed rich giving money away.

Donations from the other 99% make up a disproportionate quantity of charitable giving as a percentage of income. The rich have you fooled if you think their donations are more than a drop in the bucket.

Dayton's accountant is a dumbass though...make a fucking gesture you ritzy, mumbling, shithead.

Kevin Johnson
Kevin Johnson

Thanks for clearing up facts Jennifer. By the way, one does not give to impress others, a person gives because they feel inherently that is is the right thing to do and to help another that may be in need. Peace

Matthew Jay
Matthew Jay

Me either. And I watch PBS without donating and listen to 89.3 for free....

Nick Longworth
Nick Longworth

I did not donate a single dollar to a single charity all year. Let the judgement reign upon me from every saint here.

Nita Waters
Nita Waters

And how much did YOU give, hmm? Easy to judge others, isn't it?

Nathan Conley
Nathan Conley

People are so easily manipulated these days with one "report". The Dayton Foundation, ever heard of it?

Jennifer Evans
Jennifer Evans

Calm down everyone. The Dayton Family Fund gave almost a half million dollars to charity and causes. His giving isn't going to be recorded on his personal income tax return. Most wealthy people have corporations or trusts that donate and benefit from the exemptions.

Jan Silloway
Jan Silloway

Whoa, I make poverty wages and I give more to charity than Gov. Dayton. Yay, me!

DavidFoureyes
DavidFoureyes topcommenter

@@okf2 Hypocrite? Taking advantage of tax loopholes like all rich fucks do? Dick move certainly, but probably not hypocritical. 

I may not like it, but he's actually being consistent with his platform: That public services and public welfare programs should be managed and funded through taxes, not private donations to privately run NGOs/NPOs. I don't know what works best (though the privatization of health systems and prisons give an indication)...but I also don't think Mark Dayton is bright enough to understand the symbolism of his greed.

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

@Curtis Boettjer soooo you like that all money is hoarded and unavailable to get.

scrooge mcducking money is positive?

WatusiJenkins
WatusiJenkins

@Amy Poole 

Yet Dayton has no problem telling everyone else what to do with their (tax) money.

DavidFoureyes
DavidFoureyes topcommenter

@Lily Ann How much less he makes in his salary from governing perhaps, but his primary source of income is not the paltry salary he draws from the state/us.

okf2
okf2

@DavidFoureyes -- maybe you need to consider what a hypocrite is then.    Someone whose primary message in getting elected was to "tax the rich"....and then not have his entire income taxed because he chooses to keep it arms length.      Why anyone would consider voting for such a clueless, heartless and selfish hypocrite is beyond me.

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

@WatusiJenkins That might be because he's the governor - and if I were you, I'd read up on a piece of government called the legislature - that's actually where who gets taxed, how much, and where it goes is usually decided. The governor can sign or veto legislation but he's not the king.

okf2
okf2

@DavidFoureyes I usually don't spend time replying to completely clueless people ...but you've clearly got an axe to grind - and warrant a response.  if nothing else,  maybe it will help educate others who might read this thread.

The mainstream "paragons" of leftist media indoctrination ALL said that Dayton was running on a platform of "tax the rich".   Maybe you weren't paying attention  In fact, there wasn't much of any other message besides that.    Funny thing though,  given his complete incompetence, his leadership (e.g Vikings Stadium and others) have led to many middle class and poor tax increases.    This on top of all the small business tax increases and personal income tax increases.

here's some links from the past to jog that addled brain of yours

http://www.twincities.com/minneapolis/ci_16507796

http://www.startribune.com/politics/statelocal/135218923.html

The hypocrite thing comes into play when you consider that Dayton was pushing for all these anti liberty, pro tax policies/laws,  as long as it didn't include him.   

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

Non-sensical

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

Non-sensical

DavidFoureyes
DavidFoureyes topcommenter

@okf2 Heh, shit, sorry, I made the mistake of thinking I was dealing with someone thinking rationally, not speaking hyperbolically. No one in the universe has ever campaigned on a platform of "tax the rich"...anyone with that platform would simply advocate the revolution to take our fucking money back...you know, through killing their families.

I'll go ahead and invite you to corroborate your assertion that Dayton ever ran on a platform that included words even close to "tax the rich"  (a note that I wouldn't vote for the guy)...though I suppose, who the fuck else would anyone tax? You gonna run on a platform of "tax the poor"?

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

@WatusiJenkins Take a civics class someday - you obviously don't know what the fuck you're talking about.  He doesn't always make the final decision as his veto can be overridden by the legislature - as it was to Pawlenty. He can only SUGGEST what he'd like or wouldn't like - the legislature comes up with the final bill.

WatusiJenkins
WatusiJenkins

@MNjoe

Someone who can sign or veto taxation legislation is indeed the king. He makes the final decision. He approves or disapproves who get taxed, how much, and and where it goes to. I was simply being sarcastic to Amy regarding her comment about judging someone for what they do with their own income.  

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