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As of the July 19 pre-primary filing deadline, Minnesota's Future had just over $800 in its bank account. Its only expenditures this year were $10 for postage and $4.81 for Caribou Coffee.

Minnesota’s Future emerges as conservative player in gov’s race

Mark Dayton

Mark Dayton

As of the July 19 pre-primary filing deadline, Minnesota’s Future had just over $800 in its bank account. Its only expenditures this year were $10 for postage and $4.81 for Caribou Coffee.

But clearly there’s been a major injection of cash into the organization between the August 10 primary and last night when the group began airing television ads attacking former U.S. Sen. Mark Dayton.

“I think Mark Dayton’s tax proposals and spending proposals have gotten people excited about this race,” Chris Tiedeman, the chair of Minnesota’s Future, tells PIM. “Yes, there’s been additional fundraising.”

The TV spot cites Time magazine’s designation of Dayton as one of the worst senators in Washington and names a litany of taxes that he purportedly plans to raise. “Now Mark Dayton wants to become America’s worst governor,” the ad’s narrator concludes. The initial TV buy is in the range of $350,000.

“We’re going to see how this one goes,” says Tiedeman, when asked about plans for any additional ads. “This one will run for a little bit.”

Minnesota’s Future’s emergence as a significant financial player in the gubernatorial contest was forecast last week when it was revealed that Jeff Larson — a major GOP consultant and confidant of former U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman — is involved in the effort. Former U.S. Rep. Vin Weber, an influential player in Washington political circles, is also rumored to be working on the effort, but Tiedeman denies that he’s in the loop.

“That’s not accurate at all,” he says. “I don’t know if he even knows what we’re doing.”

There are also rumors — unconfirmed at this point — that one or more out-of-state funders of the 2004 Swift Boat campaign against John Kerry are supporting the group as well. The next campaign finance filing deadline for political groups is September 21.

Here’s the Dayton ad:

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3 comments

  1. And who says there isn’t class warfare? The warfare is and has been the rich warring with everyone else. They loathe paying their share of taxes so much that they gladly slander anyone who proposes to increase them. Thanks to crappy GOP leadership in the State of Minnesota, our education system has now sunk to only mediocre, when we lead the nation under progressive leadership. The infrastructure of the state is falling apart due to crappy conservative leadership.

    I would like MInnesota to again lead the nation in important issues like education and infrastructuire. It makes no sense to allow people who already have a lot of money to not pay their share and less then everyone else. Sometimes I think rich people are getting far too spoiled. They don’t want to pay for anything or sacrifice for our nation, becasue I don’t believe it is the children of rich parents that are standing in line to fight in the military.

    Come on rich people…do your share!!! If you have3 no repspect or feeling of obligation toward our country then leave it. Everyone will be better off without you. By the way, I would be very supportive of not allowing people to take large sums of money out of country.

  2. Mr. Conner – Have you forgotten that the wealthy pay significantly more in federal income taxes than those in middle and lower income brackets. Something like 50% of Americans pay no federal income tax at all. Some of what is paid in federal taxes returns to Minnesota from the federal government. So when it comes to paying their share, the wealthy pay a significantly higher percentage of their total income in taxes than those in lower tax brackets. People who claim the wealthy are not paying their fair share seem to forget about federal income taxes.

  3. How quaint to see Republicans like Dan Brown above defending those poor, defenseless, rich people. What would those much maligned billionaires do if right wing radio and Fox News didn’t rile up ordinary people to defend rich corporations with spoonfed talking points like those provided by Mr. Brown here?

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