St. Paul’s Dai Thao cleared in alleged bribery case

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Prosecutors have declined to file charges against a St. Paul City Council member who came under suspicion after bribery allegations were leveled against him last spring.

Prosecutors have declined to file charges against a St. Paul City Council member who came under suspicion after bribery allegations were leveled against him last spring.

Dai Thao represents the city’s 1st Ward and is one of a handful of leading candidates running for mayor this year. A Minneapolis lobbyist reported a text message from his campaign manager in February, asking for a campaign contribution after meeting with Thao about potential food packaging regulations.

Thao’s campaign manager worked for the Ramsey County Attorney’s Office, so the case was handed over to the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension for investigation and the Scott County Attorney’s Office for a charging decision.

Scott County Attorney Ron Hocevar said there wasn’t evidence of a crime by Thao or his campaign manager.

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