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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 spent on ads against GOP gubernatorial nominee Tom Emmer. But the Alliance is not the group raking in the cash.

The cash behind Alliance for a Better Minnesota

Peter Bartz-Gallagher)

DFL gubernatorial nominee Mark Dayton (Staff file photo: Peter Bartz-Gallagher)

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.

2 comments

  1. All of this money really gives me the incentive to try for a public office! I bet I could raise maybe $500. None of the candidates seem to be a good pick, but I am voting for Horner, the lesser of three evils. I have voted Independent for the past two elections as much as possible, AGAINST any incumbent. Do you DARE TO DO THE SAME THING?

  2. I hear you democrat types making an issue of the wealth of Republicans. Then I see where your funds come from. What a bunch of hypocrites!

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