The cash behind Alliance for a Better Minnesota
by Briana Bierschbach
Published: September 22,2010
Time posted: 12:30 pm
Tags: 2010 Fund, Alida Messinger, Alliance for a Better Minnesota, Democratic Governor's Assocation, Education Minnesota, Mark Dayton, Shakopee Mdewankanton Sioux Community, Tom Emmer, Vance Opperman, WIN Minnesota Political Action Fund
The Alliance for a Better Minnesota is leading spending in the Minnesota governor’s race by third party groups, with almost all of its $2.9 million already out the door to fund ads against GOP gubernatorial nominee Tom Emmer. But the Alliance is not the group raking in the cash.
The Alliance seems to be the spending vehicle for fundraising powerhouses WIN Minnesota and the 2010 Fund, two progressive political funds that are the sole contributors to the group. The groups have pulled in cash from unions, wealthy donors and national organizations.
WIN Minnesota has taken in about $1.7 million since January, and has $75,000 left in the bank.
Notable contributors to the fund include Mary Lee Dayton, DFL gubernatorial nominee Mark Dayton’s aunt, who contributed $250,000 before the Aug. 10 primary, and Dayton’s ex-wife and Rockefeller heiress Alida Messinger, who has contributed $750,000 total to the group. The group also got $50,000 from the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux PAC and $250,000 from the Democratic Governor’s Association.
The 2010 Fund has taken in about $1.36 million in since January, with nearly $400,000 still on hand.
Education Minnesota has given the group $250,000 since the primary, and the newly registered Human Rights Campaign Equality Votes in Minnesota fund gave $110,000 to the group. Another notable donor is TCF Financial head Vance Opperman, who donated $75,000 to the group since the primary election.