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Campaign finance snapshot: Win Minnesota and its 2010 Fund sitting on $2 million

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.

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Campaign finance snapshot: How business PACs are faring versus past cycles

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.)

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Campaign finance: Top Minnesota political committees and funds from the last two cycles

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.

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Democrats detail campaign finance proposal

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.

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