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Minnesota GOP Chair Accused of Leaking Information to Gambling Group that Gets Tribal Funds

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GOP Chair Tony Sutton will be questioned by the Minnesota Republican Party's executive committee about whether he used the party's list of carefully guarded email addresses and exploited his position to lobby on behalf of a tribal gambling organization, reported MinnPost.com.

The alleged action came to the party's attention after members raised complaints last week that they were receiving emails from Citizens Against Gambling Expansion (CAGE), the bi-partisan advocacy group that seeks to overthrow the proposed legislation to legalize gaming in Minnesota. CAGE receives financial support from the Minnesota Indian Gaming Association (MIGA), which advocates on behalf of Indian tribes.

Sutton denied any role in CAGE acquiring the email list to MinnPost.com this morning.

"Not from us, not from the Republican Party. Period," he said. "They did not get lists from the Republican Party of Minnesota."