Minnesota's three biggest tribal PACs have been big givers to DFL party units and candidates in recent election cycles, but this year they are seemingly on a pace to blow past their previous spending ranges.
GOP U.S. Rep. Erik Paulsen has a gargantuan lead over his DFL challenger Jim Meffert in the latest fundraising numbers.
The single biggest lightning rod for progressive money thus far in 2010 is the upstart Win Minnesota PAC and its independent expenditures PAC, the 2010 Fund. The main organization, as Paul Demko wrote last fall before joining PIM, was created in 2009 with an eye toward electing a Democrat in this year's gubernatorial race. Together, the two PACs have over $2 million in cash on hand.
Contract lobbyists at the state's major law firms have deep-seated opinions about politics and also have a history of involvement in campaigns. But you wouldn't know that from looking at the spending from most their firms' political action committees.
Following on our snapshot of MN Forward, the new post-Citizens United business political PAC, here's a look at how some other prominent business-related PACs are doing with their fundraising compared to the same reporting period in the 2008 and 2006 election cycles. (Remember, however, that this year's pre-primary reporting deadline is roughly one month earlier than in past cycles.)
MN Forward, the new business PAC established this year in the wake of the Citizens United U.S. Supreme Court ruling that allows corporations more freedom in direct spending on elections, raised about $460,000 during the pre-primary reporting period that ended July 6.
It's a busy day over at the Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board offices, as political party units and political committees and funds scramble to meet today's deadline for filing initial 2010 funding disclosure reports. In the meantime, here's a quick refresher course in the who's-who of major Minnesota political committees and funds (PCFs) from the last two state election cycles.
DFL legislators unveiled a proposal to overhaul the state's campaign finance rules this morning in the wake of a U.S. Supreme Court decision that threw out limits on corporate political expenditures. The four-pronged proposal is sponsored by state Rep. Ryan Winkler, DFL-Golden Valley.
Minnesota’s three biggest tribal PACs have been big givers to DFL party units and candidates in recent election cycles, but this year they are seemingly on a pace to blow past their previous spending ranges. So far this year, for example, the PACs representing the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe, the Shakopee Mdewankanton Sioux and ...
The House and Senate will hammer out their differences on a bill that makes changes to the state's campaign laws.
The recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling threatens to dismantle century-old Montana laws, along with similar measures in 23 other states.
State Rep. Cy Thao has been fined $3,000 and ordered to repay the state $1,721 for violating campaign finance rules.
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