Minn. campaign money regulator promises data fix

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota’s campaign finance regulatory agency plans to implement new auditing procedures and seek a law change to deal with errors in its database of political fundraising transactions.

Campaign Finance Board executive director Gary Goldsmith assured lawmakers Monday that the agency would fix problems promptly. In a news story last month, the Minneapolis Star Tribune highlighted mismatches in data that made it tougher to track the flow of dollars through the political system.

Goldsmith says his staff is making sure amended campaign reports make it into the searchable database, and says that those that require manual data entry will get extra review. He also says the board would seek additional power to compel political groups and candidates to promptly fix errors on their end.

Goldsmith testified before a joint House-Senate committee.

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