GOP candidate for governor explains campaign cash he doled out to Al Gore

By KBJR News 1

July 17, 2014 Updated Jul 17, 2014 at 1:15 AM CDT

DULUTH, Minn. (NNCNOW.com) --- A Republican candidate for Minnesota governor is now explaining a financial contribution he made more than ten years ago.

Scott Honour, who is trying to unseat Governor Mark Dayton as a Republican, donated $1,000 to Al Gore's presidential campaign in 1999.

According to campaign finance reports, Honour also donated thousands of dollars to Romney's two presidential campaigns.

Honour has also given money to numerous Minnesota republican candidates including Tim Pawlenty and Norm Coleman.

It appears that Honour's contribution to Al Gore is his only one he has doled out to a Democratic candidate or cause.

On Tuesday, Honour said if he was given the chance to take back the contribution to Al Gore, he would.

"I actually view that contribution as a mistake. A business friend of mine asked me to contribute and I did," Honour said. "I gave two and a half times as much to George W. Bush and actually campaigned for George W. Bush... In hindsight I would not have done it."

The donation to the prominent Democrat has been a discussion among Republican voters since Honour announced his run for Governor in 2013.

Honour will face fellow Republican gubernatorial candidates Jeff Johnson, Kurt Zellers, and Marty Seifert in the August primary.