вЂњ we was thinking they certainly were focusing on him for political reasons,вЂќ Daudt stated.
Thissen said DaudtвЂ™s account вЂњpretty much sums up a lot.вЂ™вЂ™
вЂњWe were looking to get a bill passed away to simply help the indegent that are getting harmed by an unjust system, and their very very first effect will be protect their rich donor,вЂќ Thissen said.
Rixmann has provided to DFLers plus in 2013 provided more cash to Democrats than to Republicans.
Thissen said he grudgingly accepted the RepublicansвЂ™ conditions. The bill next decided to go to the Senate, where it absolutely was approved for a near party-line vote. Just two DFLers voted against it вЂ” Sens. Terri Bonoff of Minnetonka and John Hoffman of Champlin. They each later received $1,000 in campaign efforts from Brad and Melanie Rixmann. Bonoff and Hoffman state their votes had nothing at all to do with the Rixmann efforts.
The bill returned to the House, вЂњI had already made the commitment to what the end-of-session deal was going to look like with Tom Bakk, David Hann and Kurt Daudt,вЂќ Thissen said, referring to the other three caucus leaders by the time. вЂњI felt we had a need to honor that deal and additionally they set up the votes for the bonding bill.вЂќ
Daudt stated DFLers were at the least partly to be culpable for the billвЂ™s demise, noting that both chambers were controlled by them plus the governorвЂ™s workplace.