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Minnesota: Campaign board clears governor

The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports: Gov. Tim Pawlenty did not violate the state's gift-ban laws earlier this year when he drove and subsequently damaged an all-terrain vehicle during an ATV organization's spring convention, a state oversight agency announced Wednesday.

In dismissing all complaints against Pawlenty, the Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board determined that because nothing was provided to the governor that wasn't available to other members of the public, he did not accept any prohibited gifts.

The board said the convention was open to other members of the public, demonstration rides were available to others and Polaris Industries, the owner of the damaged ATV, had picked up the costs for machines damaged in other rides. -- St. Paul Pioneer Press | 09/15/2005 | Pawlenty cleared in gift-ban dispute