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Muzzling fiscal watchdog is punishing Minnesota's taxpayers
Rebecca Otto | MinnPost | Apr 21, 2017
Although the most recent forecast showed the state has a $1.65 billion surplus, the Legislature, as I write this, is pushing new bills that will further cripple the people's watchdog, by cutting funding and enacting provisions to keep us from doing our work. Why?

MN Tax March Demands Trump Tax Returns
Preya Samsundar | Alpha News | Apr 15, 2017
Gubernatorial candidate Rebecca Otto led the Tax March MN attendees to the State Capitol and was the featured speaker.

The War on Science wins the Minnesota Book Award
News Release | Apr 09, 2017
Last night Shawn Otto's book The War on Science won the Minnesota Book Award. Hear his important comments about democracy, evidence and alternative facts here, and see why they are important to Rebecca - and should be to every political leader.

Otto gov camp watches who watches Auditor Otto
Brian Bakst | MPR News | Apr 07, 2017
Otto’s campaign has a standing request for copies of requests for records submitted with the auditor’s office. That practice was confirmed Thursday after a top supporter of U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan’s possible run for governor questioned on Twitter why his March 30 data practices request was circulated this week by an Otto political backer to Democrats statewide under the subject line “Let’s keep it positive.”

Muzzling the Auditor
Barrett and Greene, Inc. | Apr 05, 2017
Legislative leadership has run and continues to run roughshod over the Constitution and Minnesota taxpayers. It matches a movement nationally to muzzle the truth tellers in government, privatize government services at all costs and roll over to special interests.

State Auditor Otto Releases Report Assessing the Adequacy of County Audits Performed by CPA Firms
Office of the State Auditor | Apr 03, 2017
The report cites over 130 instances in which the auditors failed to comply with the standards. OSA staff identified material misstatements totaling millions of dollars.

Rebecca Otto appears on Access to Democracy
Access to Democracy | Apr 03, 2017
Rebecca joins host Alan Miller for an in-depth discussion of her campaign for Governor, problems in the legislature, the background to her lawsuit over privatization of the people's Office of the State Auditor, the single subject clause of the constitution, what we need to do to reinvent the Minnesota economy, her One Minnesota get together with Arne Carlson and Walter Mondale, life in her solar farm home, and more.

As the strongest choice for Governor of Minnesota, Rebecca Otto interacts with thousands on #RebeccaListens tour
News Release | Mar 27, 2017
Using the “One Minnesota” approach she developed in 2004 by bringing Arne Carlson and Walter Monday together, Otto has outperformed the margins of victory of every governor candidate she’s been on the ballot with, DFL or Republican. She outperformed Governor Dayton’s 2014 margin of victory in every congressional district in Minnesota. At the same time, she maintains deep metro support as one of the highest vote-getters in the metro area.

Minnesota State Auditor Rebecca Otto Stops in Paynesville
Lakeland Broadcasting | Mar 24, 2017
Minnesota State Auditor Rebecca Otto will stop in Paynesville as part of her statewide listening tour. State Auditor Otto has announced she is running for Governor in 2018.

Otto to hold listening session
Paynesville Press | Mar 22, 2017
Rather than just telling people what she thinks, Otto wants to hear from people about their hopes and dreams are and what they would like to see changed.

Podcast: The Auditor Always Rings Twice
Theater of Public Policy | Mar 14, 2017
Enjoy Rebecca Otto's rocking, hilarious and informative appearance with Tane Danger and the Theater of Public Policy at the Bryant Lake Bowl. Learn why she's running for Governor in her own words and what she's about.

Ramsey, other counties clash with Minnesota auditor in appeals court
Pioneer Press | Forum News Service | Mar 09, 2017
Judge Randolph Peterson, one of three deciding the case, referred to the private sector, where he said a board’s decision to hire a private auditor can raise suspicion among investors. Why, Peterson asked, would taxpayers not feel suspicious of local governments who do the same?

Candidate for governor to be in Eagan
Sun Thisweek | Mar 05, 2017
On Saturday, March 11, Minnesota State Auditor Rebecca Otto will be at Lakeside Pointe Apartments community room in Eagan from 1:30-3 p.m. as part of her statewide listening tour.

State auditor to speak at Bloomington forum
Sun Current | Feb 27, 2017
Otto is a winner of the National Award for Excellence in Accountability, was elected president of the National State Auditors Association and named one of the 15 most influential Government Auditors in America.

Executive council approves new Kennecott copper leases
John Myers | Duluth News Tribune | Feb 23, 2017
State Auditor Rebecca Otto was the only vote against the leases, expressing concerns over long-term financial liability for the state.

The Auditor Always Rings Twice
Minneapolis Happening Magazine | Theater of Public Policy | Feb 17, 2017
If you’re like most Minnesotans, each year you eagerly await the audit of your local government’s finances. But have you ever wondered who produces that thrilling page-turner of a beach read? The J.K. Rowling of Minnesota financial documents is none other than State Auditor Rebecca Otto, our guest March 13. As if being state auditor weren’t exciting enough, Otto has announced a run for a new job, Governor. We’ll ask her about both, and if she can help us reconcile these expense reports.

Waconia mayor invites Otto to speak
Sun Patriot | Feb 15, 2017
“Whoever the next governor turns out to be, they will know Waconia and the people who live here,” said Sanborn, a Republican. Otto agrees with the mayor’s sentiment. “The best leadership starts with listening to people,” she said.

One month after launch, gubernatorial candidate Rebecca Otto has hosted dozens of events
News Release | Feb 09, 2017
Since launching her campaign for governor, Rebecca Otto has hosted dozens of events. She heard from hundreds of Minnesotans through in-person listening sessions, a tele-town hall, live chats on Twitter and Facebook, and through letters she asked for and received from residents all around the state—truly using as many avenues as possible to hear from Minnesotans of all backgrounds.

Governor candidate Otto to be in Morris Feb. 23
Morris Sun Tribune | Feb 08, 2017
Minnesota State Auditor and Gubernatorial Candidate Rebecca Otto will speak at University of Minnesota Morris from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23, as part of her statewide listening tour.

May township resident Rebecca Otto will run for governor
Press Publications | Jan 27, 2017
Otto was elected state auditor in 2006 and has been re-elected twice. Her office oversees more than $20 billion in local government spending each year. She has also served on the Forest Lake school board and, prior to that, chaired a successful $52 million levy campaign for the district. Ironically, Otto says she never envisioned herself pursuing a political career.

May township resident Rebecca Otto to run for governor
Suzanne Lindgren | Country Messenger | Jan 18, 2017
Rebecca Otto’s campaign is built on listening, finding common ground. Her love for Minnesota has more to do with instinct than happenstance.

Local Somali Community Raises Concerns in a Listening Session
KAAL-TV | Jan 15, 2017
The race for governor is still a year away, but listening sessions have already started. The Somali community in Rochester gathered Saturday to speak with Rebecca Otto.

Minnesota Auditor Otto to run for Governor
Mesabi Daily News | Jan 14, 2017
“What people keep saying to me is ‘Fight it, please fight it, and let us know how we can help.’ They know the importance of this office and they know they don’t want ‘the fox guarding the hen house,’ ” Otto said.

Minnesota State Auditor Rebecca Otto Plans to Run for Governor
KSTP-TV | Jan 12, 2017
"Rather than talking to you all about my good ideas, I would prefer to listen," Otto said. "I think there's been a lot of talk lately and not enough listening and truly understanding."

Otto in North Branch
The Post Review | Jan 11, 2017
Rebecca Otto, who recently announced her run for governor, will be at Everyday Joe Coffee Tea and Eatery at 10 a.m. Jan. 14.

Otto brings listening tour to Rochester
Rochester Post-Bulletin | Jan 11, 2017
DFL gubernatorial candidate Rebecca Otto will be visiting Rochester on Saturday as part of a statewide listening tour.

Minnesota state auditor Rebecca Otto to run for governor
Detroit Lakes Online | Jan 10, 2017
"Minnesota has given me great gifts. I love this state. I want to see it have the very best future possible," she said.

Rebecca Otto talks about her philosophy and her gubernatorial campaign
AM950 | Jan 10, 2017
Rebecca speaks with host Mike McIntee about her community conversations and how she is approaching her campaign as the people's campaign.

State auditor to run for governor
Fergus Falls Daily Journal | Jan 10, 2017
"This listening tour gives lots of people an opportunity to engage with me in a different way and consider me in a different role,” Otto said.

State auditor Rebecca Otto to run for governor
West Central Tribune | Jan 10, 2017
"It's really about understanding the challenges but also the dreams of all people around the state," Otto said. "Launching this listening tour gives lots of people an opportunity to engage with me in a different way and consider me in a different role."

Minnesota Auditor Otto to run for Governor
Grand Rapids Herald Review | Jan 10, 2017
Former St. Paul Rep. Matt Entenza ran against her in a primary. Otto won with 81 percent of the vote in the primary and just over 51 percent of the vote in the 2014 general election.

State Auditor Rebecca Otto Announces Gubernatorial Bid
WCCO-TV | Jan 10, 2017
Otto is the third Democrat to announce a campaign to replace Gov. Mark Dayton, whose term expires in January 2019.

Minnesota state auditor Rebecca Otto to run for governor
Bemidji Pioneer | Jan 10, 2017
Otto, 53, has three statewide election victories to her credit — plus a term as a state representative.

Minnesota State Auditor Rebecca Otto to run for Minnesota governor
Crookston Times | Jan 10, 2017
She wants to see Minnesota in a position for "the very best future possible."

Minnesota state auditor Rebecca Otto to run for governor
Debbie Irmen | Perham Focus | Jan 10, 2017
Two other auditors have become governor in the past — former Republican Gov. Arne Carlson held the post, as did Dayton.

State Auditor Rebecca Otto enters 2018 race for governor
J. Patrick Coolican | Star Tribune | Jan 09, 2017
"There are Minnesotans who are not heard and understood even less, so this is an important component to our campaign," Otto said in an interview. The DFLer's campaign began with a "listening tour" that kicked off in Stillwater.

St. Croix Valley resident Rebecca Otto to run for governor
Jonathan Young | Stillwater Gazette | Jan 09, 2017
Otto, who lives in May Township, was first elected state auditor in 2006 and is serving her third term. She has also served in the Minnesota House of Representatives and the Forest Lake School Board.

MN State Auditor Rebecca Otto to Run for Governor
Andrea Mayer-Bruestle | Alpha News | Jan 09, 2017
Otto’s three terms as Auditor have not been void of controversy.

State auditor to run for Minnesota governor
Albert Lea Tribune | Jan 09, 2017
The 53-year-old three-term auditor said she’s planning a statewide “listening tour” to connect with voters.

Minnesota state auditor Rebecca Otto to run for governor
Rachel E. Stassen-Berger | Worthington Daily Globe | Jan 09, 2017
In a special election she won a House seat in a largely Republican area and has won election to the auditor’s seat, despite a Democratic primary in 2014 and a strong Republican wave.

Otto embarks on bid for Minnesota governor
Brian Bakst | MPR News | Jan 09, 2017
“I look forward to listening to my fellow Minnesotans and engaging in meaningful community conversations about our collective future. What is the next big thing for Minnesota? What do we want our future to be?” Otto said.

Rebecca Otto will run for Minnesota governor
Saint Cloud Times | AP | Jan 09, 2017
Otto tells the St. Paul Pioneer Press that she is “different” and wants to see Minnesota in a position for “the very best future possible.”

State auditor Rebecca Otto to run for MN governor
KARE-TV | Jan 09, 2017
Otto is the third Democrat to announce a campaign to replace Gov. Mark Dayton who will leave office when his term expires in January 2019.

State Auditor Rebecca Otto announces run for governor
J. Patrick Coolican | Star Tribune | Jan 09, 2017
Elected State Auditor Rebecca Otto announced she is running for the DFL nomination for governor in 2018. The campaign begins with a "listening tour" that kicks off in Stillwater Monday.

State auditor Rebecca Otto to run for governor
Rachel E. Stassen-Berger | Pioneer Press | Jan 08, 2017
Three-term Minnesota Auditor Rebecca Otto will run for governor, she told the Pioneer Press, joining what is expected to be a crowded race to replace DFL Gov. Mark Dayton.

Rebecca Otto Runs for Governor
News Release | Jan 08, 2017
State Auditor Rebecca Otto Announces Run for Governor... by Listening

Pollinator-friendly communities
Paul Dols | Press Publications | Sep 22, 2016
Minnesota State Auditor Rebecca Otto, front row right, presented 10 Community Pollinator awards to communities from around the metro area.

Gov. Mark Dayton supports appeal challenging law he signed
Rachel E. Stassen-Berger | Pioneer Press | Sep 08, 2016
Gov. Mark Dayton on Thursday said state Auditor Rebecca Otto is right to appeal a court decision on the functions of her office to the Supreme Court.

See who won The War On Science
News Release | May 08, 2016
Rebecca held a free drawing to win two signed, collector advance review copies of Shawn's new book, THE WAR ON SCIENCE. See who won.

Class Action Lawsuit Seeks Reimbursement for Wabasha Co. Driving Class
Megan Stewart | KAAL-TV | Feb 24, 2016
State Auditor Rebecca Otto says counties that ran the classes and pocketed the money were in violation of the law.

Revenues Outweigh Expenses in 2014 Minnesota County Audit Report
KEYC-TV | Feb 23, 2016
"As a state auditor, what I tell people I do every day is to make sure people can trust their government. And in order to trust their government, especially our local governments, we need to make sure it's transparent and that it's accountable."

Spatial tool maps state’s emerging infrastructure needs
Kevin Coss | Inquiry | Feb 19, 2016
It was developed through a collaboration between the University of Minnesota and the Office of the State Auditor, as well as other partners

State Auditor Launches Infrastructure Stress Transparency Tool
Nate Leding | KSTP TV | Feb 18, 2016
“If we don't know where we sit today, we can't plan for tomorrow," State Auditor Rebecca Otto said.

How old is that sewer? Website has answers
Jon Collins | MPR News | Feb 17, 2016
"My goal is that we have better outcomes as a state, so that we avoid a nightmare like Flint, Mich," Otto said.

Minnesota State Auditor Rolls Out New Way To See Infrastructure Age, Safety
WCCO News | Feb 17, 2016
“This is all about better planning, better outcomes, better maintenance and asset management,” State Auditor Rebecca Otto said.

Minnesota Auditor's profile is rising - along with her ire
Bill Salisbury and David Montgomery | Pioneer Press | Jan 23, 2016
Last spring and summer, a suddenly feisty auditor repeatedly lambasted Republican lawmakers for pushing through a law that allows counties -- the main governmental units her office audits -- to outsource financial audits to private firms.

Minnesota Muslims talk of backlash against them
Mary Lynn Smith | Star Tribune | Dec 15, 2015
State Auditor Rebecca Otto spoke with local Jewish and Muslim clergy at a community meeting at the Islamic Civic Society of America Headquarters in Minneapolis

Minn. officials, religious leaders promise unity against Islamophobia
Doualy Xaykaothao | MPR News | Dec 15, 2015
State Auditor Rebecca Otto attended a meeting Monday night about preventing a backlash against Muslims following the terror attacks in California and Paris.

Otto talks infrastructure
Judy Bryan | Fairmont Sentinel | Dec 14, 2015
Otto has support from the state Pollution Control Agency, Department of Health, League of Minnesota Cities and the University of Minnesota, as evidenced by the entourage traveling with her on her outstate visits.

Minnesota cuts royalty rates for mines
John Myers | Duluth News Tribune | Dec 02, 2015
State Auditor Rebecca Otto cast the only no vote over concerns companies are overpaying top executives while laying off steelworkers.

Auditing gets highest grades in MN government; Group criticizes attack on Auditor
Katie Nelson | The Center for Public Integrity | Nov 14, 2015
The Center for Public Integrity gave Minnesota's Internal Auditing function the highest grades in Minnesota government, and cited the attempt to strip the State Auditor of powers as part of the reason for the state's low grade of D-.

State auditor finds holes in St. Cloud school roof bids
Kevin Allenspach | St Cloud Times | Sep 19, 2015
The review came after State Auditor Rebecca Otto received information about the bids from the St. Cloud Times newsroom.

State help needed to fix aging infrastructure in Minnesota cities
Editorial Board | Star Tribune | Sep 06, 2015
Otto aims to offer local and state officials an accessible, map-based overview of Minnesota’s municipal infrastructure, including its age and condition.

Why Don’t More State Auditors Run for Higher Office?
Louis Jacobson | Governing Magazine | Aug 20, 2015
The job prepares politicians for the next level. But not many use it as a stepping stone.

What are Auditor Otto's options — and what is she doing about them?
Briana Bierschbach | MinnPost | Aug 17, 2015
Some legal experts say Otto could take her case to the courts. For now, Otto simply says she is “exploring” all her options.

ECM Editorial: Another legislative black eye as State Auditor dealt mean hand
ECM Editorial Board | Jul 15, 2015
Minnesota truly deserves better from their lawmakers.

Facts and county audits
Rebecca Otto | Pioneer Press | Jun 12, 2015
The Swift County audit cost-savings scenario Rep. S. Anderson has been peddling is false.

Potential lawsuit over auditor's office could hinge on core functions
Cathy Wurzer | MPR News | Jun 10, 2015
State Auditor Rebecca Otto is not giving up. She says she will continue to fight a measure that allows counties to bypass her office and hire private accountants.

Minnesota Legislature: Take care of business and finish the job
Editorial Board | Star Tribune | Jun 10, 2015
Otto vows to fight the erosion in her office’s authority and duties — as well she should.

Minnesota's generally scandal-free government just lost a weapon in the state auditor
Jon Tevlin | Star Tribune | Jun 10, 2015
It's a job some government watchers say is key to the state’s image of clean government.

Dayton backs down in dispute over state auditor
PATRICK CONDON and RICARDO LOPEZ | Star Tribune | Jun 09, 2015
But he's requiring other changes to bills before he will call a special session.

Hasty 3 a.m. decision triggered Minnesota's budget impasse
Ricardo Lopez | Star Tribune | Jun 06, 2015
The early morning vote on gutting state auditor’s role brought talks to a halt.

Rebecca Otto debunks Daudt's claims
Almanac | TPT TV | Jun 05, 2015
State Auditor Rebecca Otto debunks Speaker Kurt Daudt's claims on TPT's Almanac

Ten things to know about the state auditor
Rachel E. Stassen-Berger | Pioneer Press | Jun 05, 2015
To help improve everyone’s knowledge of the office, here are ten things to know

U.S. Steel might get $4.3 million break from Minnesota
Rachel E. Stassen-Berger | Pioneer Press | Jun 04, 2015
Otto asked Sutherland whether U.S. Steel had reduced executive salaries to deal with the business downturn. Reports this March said that U.S. Steel Corp. CEO Mario Longhi's compensation more than doubled last year, topping $13 million. "I'm just asking if that is going to be part of the solution," she said.

Tussle over State Auditor stalls special session talks
John Croman | KARE TV | Jun 03, 2015
"The deal is we oversee that money whether they like it or not, and it's just part of government, it's part of trust in government, it's part of making sure we don't have major corruption in government," Otto asserted Wednesday.

Dayton To Stall Special Session Til Anti-State Auditor Law Repealed
Pat Kessler | WCCO TV | Jun 03, 2015
“I will do whatever it takes. Absolutely, I’ll fight this to the very end to make sure that this function is preserved for the people of Minnesota,” Otto said.

Special session plans teeter as Dayton, GOP dig in on auditor fight
Tom Scheck | MPR News | Jun 03, 2015
"To come in and just turn over to the private sector a function that is embedded in the constitution is just absolutely wrong," he said.

Dispute over state auditor duties becomes a sticking point during budget talks
Ricardo Lopez | Star Tribune | Jun 03, 2015
"I'm very very pleased that Gov. Dayton is willing to stand up for what's right for the taxpayers of Minnesota," Otto said.

Dayton won't call special session to finish budget unless lawmakers repeal auditor changes
BRIAN BAKST and KYLE POTTER | AP | Jun 03, 2015
Otto isn't shying away from a potential legal challenge if the measure stays put. "I'll do whatever I have to do," she said.

Auditor concerns need full airing
Editorial Board | Pioneer Press | Jun 03, 2015
Otto's concerns deserve full, light-of-day consideration by lawmakers and citizens. Lawmaking under cloak of night is for people with something to hide.

Why Minnesota needs an Office of the State Auditor
Editorial Board | Star Tribune | Jun 02, 2015
Privatization push for county audits would gut a constitutional office.

Minnesota State Auditor Rebecca Otto says hurried new bill would leave counties without an auditor
J. Patrick Coolican | StarTribune | May 21, 2015
There would be a one-year gap wherein counties could not use Otto or a private company to audit their books. "It's a total mess."

Otto suspects political motivations behind bill undercutting state auditor's office
Briana Bierschbach | MinnPost | May 21, 2015
The bill will strip a mandate for counties to get audits starting July 1, but won't allow private audits until the following year.

Dayton Says He’ll Fight To Preserve State Auditor Authority
Associated Press | May 19, 2015
The Democratic governor said he’ll insist that piece be repealed during a special session he’s calling to pass a new education budget and other unfinished proposals.

State Auditor Otto calls privatization measure a 'backstabbing' behind closed doors
Abby Simons | StarTribune | May 18, 2015
“We don’t have a profit motive, they do. There’s a difference,” Otto said Monday. “We are truly an independent audit shop and we are always there for the taxpayers’ best interest.”

State Auditor Otto wants Dayton to strike down budget bill over county auditing clause
Associated Press | May 18, 2015
Otto says that private firms will be accountable to county boards that hire them and lack the independence her office brings to the process.

Some Minnesota cities face millions in wastewater upgrades, repairs as facilities age
Associated Press | Apr 25, 2015
State Auditor Rebecca Otto wants to design a comprehensive map detailing Minnesota's infrastructure needs, which would include wastewater projects and help lawmakers plan funding decisions years in advance.

Minnesota: Swanson for A.G.; Otto for auditor
Pioneer Press | Oct 23, 2014
Otto used the spotlight well to make the case for her expertise, integrity, reputation and national honors.

Endorsement: For state auditor, Rebecca Otto
Star Tribune | Oct 20, 2014
Otto’s capable job ensuring that billions of taxpayer dollars are appropriately and prudently spent has been recognized nationally.

Our view / endorsement: State voters oughta re-elect Auditor Otto
Duluth News Tribune | Oct 13, 2014
Voters can feel assured of excellent accountability by picking incumbent Rebecca Otto, an ambitious and proactive forward-thinker who has been recognized nationally.

Otto responds to opponent
Deb Gau | Marshall Independent | Oct 09, 2014
Based on our Oct 4. story, Otto said, it appeared "(Gilbert) doesn't understand the office."

Incumbent's view: Working for Minnesota free of fear and favor
Duluth News Tribune | Oct 06, 2014
A good auditor doesn’t tell people what they want to hear. Rather, you tell them what they need to know — and I do that without fear or favor.

Incumbent State Auditor touts record, experience
Jacob Tellers | Fergus Falls Daily Journal | Oct 06, 2014
In 2014, the 180,000 member Institute of Internal Auditors named Otto one of the 15 most influential government auditors.

State auditor: Otto trounces Entenza
Doug Grow | MinnPost | Aug 13, 2014
Not only did Rebecca Otto win, she likely ended the future political hopes of her opponent

Rebecca Otto wins 2nd major national award
NEWS RELEASE | Aug 11, 2014
Rebecca Otto today won the President’s Award from the National Association of State Auditors, Comptrollers and Treasurers

Endorsement: Otto for state auditor in DFL primary
Star Tribune | Aug 07, 2014
Seasoned, reasonable incumbent knows her job — and its limits.

PoliGraph: Entenza’s latest digs against Otto mislead
MPR News | Aug 04, 2014
Entenza’s fliers are misleading.

2014 PRIMARY ELECTION: Otto responds to Entenza
Zach Kayser | Bemidji Pioneer | Jul 31, 2014
“My opponent clearly does not understand the job,” she said. “He’s been running on changing state policy, which is the Legislature and Governor’s job."

Stonewall DFL: Rebecca Otto 'one of the greatest' LGBT allies in Minnesota
Gerald Strauss | Stonewall DFL | Jul 28, 2014
Stonewall DFL endorses Rebecca Otto over her opponent, Matt Entenza, saying "Rebecca has evolved to become one of the greatest allies of the LGBT community in public office in Minnesota."

Panel rejects Entenza's voter ID claim in state auditor race
Abby Simons | Star Tribune | Jul 24, 2014
"Rebecca Otto had it right," DFL Party Chair Ken Martin said. "Matt Entenza will say anything to get himself elected."

Otto: Big Money Has No Place In State Auditor Race
WCCO-TV | Jul 20, 2014
Rebecca Otto sat down with WCCO's Esme Murphy to talk about her August 12 primary election race against challenger Matt Entenza.

Margaret Anderson Kelliher endorses Rebecca Otto
NEWS RELEASE | Jul 14, 2014
Former MN Speaker of the House and 2010 Gubernatorial candidate Margaret Anderson Kelliher endorses Rebecca Otto.

Otto proposes new report on roads and bridges
MPR News | Jul 11, 2014
Otto said she’s working on a new initiative called “Infrastructure Stress Reports,” which will identify and quantify public needs across Minnesota, including roads, bridges and water systems.

Otto pledges transparency in Auditor’s office
Marshall Independent | Jul 05, 2014
"My opponent seems to think that it's the governor's office, and it's not. It's about oversight," she said.

Otto makes pitch for another term as auditor
Fairmont Sentinel | Jul 03, 2014
Otto, who has held office for two terms, says her job is not "governor" or "state lawmaker." Those jobs already exist.

DFL Chair's Corner with Rebecca Otto
MN DFL Party | Jun 27, 2014
In this entertaining video Ken Martin speaks with our nationally recognized State Auditor Rebecca Otto

Colorado marijuana audits receive national recognition
The Denver Post | Jun 22, 2014
Dianne E. Ray, Colorado's state auditor, accepts the national Excellence in Accountability Award from Rebecca Otto, president of the National State Auditors Association

Rebecca Otto on the Joel Heitkamp show
KFGO Radio - The Mighty 790 | Jun 11, 2014
Otto, surprised by the challenge for her seat when Matt Entenza threw in for the race, explains why she is best for the position.

The politicizing of the Minnesota state auditor's office
StarTribune | Jun 10, 2014
Just the prospect of having information selectively packaged and presented to legislators and the public in ways that support a political agenda severely undermines public trust in government.

State auditors gather in Minnesota for group's annual national conference
StarTribune | Jun 10, 2014
The group's current president, State Auditor Rebecca Otto, is hosting State Auditors from around the country.

State Auditor Otto releases Criminal Forfeitures Report
ECM Newspapers | Jun 04, 2014
State Auditor Rebecca Otto today released the Criminal Forfeitures Report on the amount of cash and property seized by law enforcement agencies.

State Auditor Rebecca Otto endorsed by DFL for third term
NEWS RELEASE | May 31, 2014
Otto is president of the National State Auditors Association, and has been named one of the 15 most influential professionals in government auditing at all levels.

American Center for Government Auditing Launches
Sarbanes-Oxley Compliance Journal | Apr 22, 2014
The inaugural listing highlights achievements in government auditing, including those of NSAA president Rebecca Otto, who is the Minnesota State Auditor.

Rebecca Otto named one of ‘15 Most Influential Professionals in Government Auditing’
News Release | Mar 27, 2014
Rebecca Otto was recognized for demonstrating the courage and integrity necessary to face difficult situations, and a willingness to call out opportunities to improve efficiency and effectiveness in government operations, even when doing so may not be popular or may incur strong opposition from those in power."

Report: Cities cut costs, raised taxes to offset slashed state funds
David Peterson | StarTribune | Mar 12, 2014
After years of cutbacks, Minnesota’s cities are spending less than they were a decade ago, when inflation is factored in, State Auditor Rebecca Otto reported Wednesday.

3 pension plans post strong rebound
Abby Simons | StarTribune | Jan 18, 2014
Three large public pension plans in Minnesota have not only bounced back from dismal returns on their investments, but surpassed expectations in 2012, according to a state ­auditor’s report.

Minnesota pension fund to seek help monitoring overtime spiking
MaryJo Webster | Pioneer Press | Jan 09, 2014
"Perhaps the media have drummed up a crisis," said board member Rebecca Otto, the State Auditor. "We don't have the data to make conclusions, and we don't know that it's a crisis."

Judge: Classes in lieu of traffic tickets are illegal
Abby Simons | StarTribune | Jan 06, 2014
State Auditor Rebecca Otto, who has warned for a decade that such programs are not allowed, praised the judge’s decision.

MAPE Endorses State Auditor Otto for re-election
News Release | Dec 04, 2013
"Auditor Otto does not shy away from making the right choice for taxpayers – she has earned another four year term."

Otto: Think of taxpayers when considering copper-nickel mining
Cathy Wurzer | MPR News | Dec 03, 2013
The state must fully understand the financial risks of copper-nickel mining, which comes with environmental concerns different from iron mining.

Northeastern Minnesota mining opponents find hero in state auditor
John Myers | Duluth News Tribune | Nov 27, 2013
Otto said she wanted to make a point, and did so, becoming Minnesota’s first statewide elected official to raise any opposition in the state’s move toward copper mining. "I'm not pro-mining or anti-mining, I'm pro-taxpayer," she said.

State Auditor Otto: I'm Pro-Taxpayer
WDIO-TV | Nov 27, 2013
The state auditor has been accused of being pro-mining and anti-mining in the past. And she wanted to set the record straight.

Rebecca Otto receives U of M Distinguished Alumni Award
News Release | Nov 23, 2013
"These achievements bring honor to the college," said Jean Quam, dean of the university's College of Education and Human Development.

State auditor on mining: Long-term risk hard to quantify
Rebecca Otto | StarTribune | Nov 20, 2013
Why I did not back the leases recently granted for nonferrous mineral exploration.

31 Mining Leases In Northern MN Get Green Light
Bill Hudson | WCCO-TV | Oct 25, 2013
State Auditor Rebecca Otto was the lone "no" vote in granting approval to 31 non-ferrous minerals mining leases.

Why Do So Many Governments Resist Benchmarking?
Governing Magazine | Sep 18, 2013
Rebecca Otto, the state auditor who oversees the effort, believes this has been an important initiative for the entities that use it well.

State Auditor Rebecca Otto to run for a third term
Rachel E. Stassen-Berger | StarTribune | Aug 20, 2013
Otto said in a campaign video on Tuesday that less revenue for government is the "new normal" so officials have to look for innovation to deliver public services.

State Auditor Rebecca Otto leads the Statewide "Vote No" tour
David Crary | Associated Press | Nov 05, 2012
State Auditor Rebecca Otto enters the RV at a stop in Edina, Minn., on the "Minnesota Votes No" statewide tour Monday, Nov. 5, 2012 in Minneapolis for the final day of the campaign to urge voters to vote against the marriage amendment. Candidates and volunteers worked Monday to make the most of their last 24 hours before decision day, hustling to energize their core supporters and searching for any remaining fence-sitters. Meanwhile, both political parties said they were gearing up like never before to watch the other for any electioneering on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

Editorial | Pioneer Press | Jul 19, 2006
Some kinds of politics just stink. Such as the smear-your-neighbor-without-regard-for-context kind.