ST. PAUL, Minn. - St. Paul's top prosecutor won't pursue criminal charges against former Minnesota Republican Party chairman Tony Sutton for fundraising irregularities.
City attorney Sarah Grewing announced the decision in a letter Friday supplied to The Associated Press. It was issued to Common Cause Minnesota, the watchdog group that wanted Sutton charged for shielding expenses related to the 2010 gubernatorial recount.
The Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board ruled last month that Sutton improperly circumvented disclosure laws and assessed him a $3,000 civil penalty. As GOP chairman, Sutton helped arrange a shell company to keep donor information private for those footing legal bills.
Grewing says it would be difficult to prove intent of a crime beyond a reasonable doubt if the case went to trial.
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