The DFL leads in party fundraising, but the conservative spending outlook is obscured by a big field of candidates for governor.
A trio of closely aligned Democratic independent political spending groups in Minnesota are sitting on just more than $1 million ahead of the November general election.
Despite their minority status in both the state House and Senate, the DFL caucuses significantly outperformed Republicans in fundraising from the beginning of January until the end of July.
A trio of DFL third-party groups -- comprised of Alliance for a Better Minnesota, Win Minnesota and the 2012 Fund -- are still significantly out-raising a slew of independent expenditures groups on the right. And in the battle of the anti-gay marriage constitutional amendment -- the most high profile fight this cycle and drawing the most donations -- groups opposing the amendment are still pullin[...]
In the 2010 gubernatorial contest, independent expenditure groups played a crucial role in Mark Dayton’s narrow victory.
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.
The Washington gay rights group that contributed to Minnesota Democrats to counter money funneling to Republican governor candidate Tom Emmer is now looking to raise even more cash in the state.
Independent political funds continue to pile up donations in the run-up to next week's primary election. The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community sent $50,000 to the WIN Minnesota Political Action Fund this week, an organization with the primary mission of electing a DFL governor for the first time in more than two decades
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.
There are a couple of notable developments today in filings by Minnesota political action committees.
A group of major Democratic party donors and fundraisers is banding together to try to ensure that the DFL's generation-long drought in Minnesota gubernatorial politics ends in 2010.
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