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Commentary: Governor Burgum’s Super Bowl trip didn’t violate ethics policies mostly because the governor’s office doesn’t have any

When Governor Doug Burgum went to the Super Bowl over the weekend his tickets were paid for by Xcel Energy. A utility company heavily regulated by the state.

As I wrote earlier this week, Burgum should have paid for his own ticket. That would have been the right thing to do.

But did his decision to accept luxury accommodations (Burgum’s staff told me the Governor paid for the rest of his travel arrangements outside of the Super Bowl tickets himself) for one of the biggest sporting events of the year break any state laws or ethics policies?

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