Earlier this year Governor Doug Burgum, who rode into office on the back of a campaign which castigated a supposed “good old boys club” in Bismarck, accepted a trip to the Super Bowl that was worth roughly $40,000.

The trip was paid for by Xcel Energy, which has the largest electrical utility customer base in the state, and after the trip was exposed to public scrutiny the Governor paid the company back.

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At the time a lot of people were wondering if Burgum’s trip perhaps violated some state ethics policy. I checked it out, and it turns out Burgum didn’t violate an ethics policy, mostly because his office didn’t have one at the time.

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