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Chris Tiedeman

Sep 28, 2012

Pro-GOP business groups proliferate — but keep mum about big-picture coordination

No fewer than half a dozen major players have emerged among the ranks of pro-Republican business PACs in this election cycle. But while their 42-day pre-general election campaign finance reports are now available for all to see, they continue to play it close with respect to their big-picture plans.

Jun 20, 2012

Spending for those who can’t

In surveying the 2012 campaign cash landscape in Minnesota, it’s not immediately obvious who’s going to help Republican legislators defend their majorities.

Feb 3, 2012

With state party in debt, Republican-aligned spending groups to play bigger role in elections

In the 2010 gubernatorial contest, independent expenditure groups played a crucial role in Mark Dayton’s narrow victory.

Jan 11, 2012

State GOP campaign ops: Just the basics

Leaders and activists in the Republican Party of Minnesota haven’t had much time to think about elections lately. In a whirlwind series of events, the party lost its chairman, deputy chairman and secretary/treasurer in the span of three months amid mounting questions about the party’s finances.

Dec 14, 2011

Mike Parry draws on visibility of his state Senate seat to bolster his campaign for Congress

It was just a 176-word campaign email, but Sen. Mike Parry hit all the right notes: attacking Gov. Mark Dayton’s child care unionization order; lambasting labor; providing links to news coverage; and taking aim at the next opponent on his political horizon, DFL U.S. Rep. Tim Walz, whose congressional seat Parry hopes to claim in 2012.

Sep 7, 2011

State’s pols rally around presidential challengers

Supporting Michele Bachmann’s presidential bid wasn’t necessarily an easy decision for David FitzSimmons. While the three-term Republican congresswoman would seem a natural choice for FitzSimmons, who chairs the Republican Party in her home 6th District, he was squarely in the Ron Paul camp during the 2008 election and worked for his campaign.

Oct 27, 2010

Independent-spending groups have trumped gubernatorial campaigns in money and media firepower

Facing a contest that has typically been labeled by most election analysts and pollsters as a "toss-up," third-party groups are pulling in millions of dollars from donors, national organizations, unions and corporations looking to tip the scale in their preferred candidate's favor. The groups' advertisements and activities have been some of the most visible of this year's campaign season.

Oct 13, 2010

Gubernatorial air wars enter their last act

Republican nominee Tom Emmer's campaign has booked nearly $800,000 worth of network television time in the Twin Cities for the final three weeks of the governor's race. That far surpasses the air time currently reserved by his two principal rivals in the gubernatorial contest.

Sep 30, 2010

Common Cause files campaign finance complaint against Minnesota’s Future

Minnesota's Future, a conservative political organization, violated Minnesota's campaign finance rules by failing to properly disclose the names of its donors, according to a complaint filed by Common Cause Minnesota.

Aug 27, 2010

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

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.

Aug 19, 2010

GOP consultant Larson forms new independent political group

Jeff Larson, one of the country's leading Republican consultants, has created a new independent political expenditure group called Minnesota's Future. The Associated Press reports that Larson has registered the organization with the Internal Revenue Service as a tax-exempt 527 organization to support "pro-business candidates" in the state.

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