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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.

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Target/MN Forward debacle dampening corporate indie spending on elections

MN Forward had bold plans for the 2010 campaign season. Last spring the business-backed political group, a venture jointly launched by the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce and the Minnesota Business Partnership, laid out a fundraising goal of $10 million to bankroll its initial foray into electoral politics, according to a planning document obtained by Capitol Report.

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Target apologizes for MN Forward donation

Target CEO Gregg Steinhafel has sent a letter to employees apologizing for the company's $150,000 donation to MN Forward, the pro-business group that is running television ads on behalf of Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer. The retailing behemoth had been criticized, particularly by GLBT groups, for supporting Emmer's campaign.

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