The REAL TRUTH about political campai...

The REAL TRUTH about political campaign spending

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“I am always right.”

Since: Oct 09

Former MN Taxpayer

#1 Dec 29, 2013
The Leftist rag known as the StarTribune has a story today that speaks of where the real money in political campaigns comes from. This has been a know fact to anyone who pays attention to the stories – rather than the headlines – for the past 5 years.

Democrats are the big money party.

The biggest spenders? Gov GoogleyEyes ex wife, the Teacher’s Union, and uber rich Democrats.

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Minnesota political spending concentrated in few hands
by: RACHEL E. STASSEN-BERGER and GLENN HOWATT , Star Tribune
Updated: December 29, 2013 - 7:56 AM

A Star Tribune analysis of ¬campaign finance records found that just three dozen individuals or entities have contributed more than $27 million to political action and independent expenditure committees over the past three election cycles. The analysis shows those donations heavily favored Democrats. Unless that trend is reversed, Republicans could find themselves at a disadvantage heading into the 2014 elections, when they will attempt to retake the governor’s office and the Minnesota House.

One union — the powerful ¬Education Minnesota teachers union — poured $4.8 million into -election efforts, nearly all of it benefiting Democrats. Alida Messinger, a longtime DFL contributor and former wife of Gov. Mark Dayton, donated at least $1.6 million to Democratic political action committees.
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Union donations dominate

The Star Tribune analysis of political donations and spending by independent groups — based on estimates because of flaws in the state’s electronic campaign finance database — illuminates the increasingly important role of political action and independent expenditure committees in Minnesota elections. The money flowing into and out of those outside committees is not controlled by candidates or parties, but it can help or hinder their chances for success.

In the last six years, union contributions dominated donations to state political action committees. State and national unions spent $17 million in ¬Minnesota between 2007 and 2012. Businesses, newly empowered to spend after the Citizens United decision, directly donated about $3 million.
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Meanwhile, the Alliance for a Better Minnesota, which supports DFLers, has become a national model for independent campaigning.

A coalition of Democratic groups and allies, the Alliance has taken in nearly $10 million since 2007, almost all of it from other political action committees. It has spent $7 million on Minnesota elections since then, making it the largest single spender among Minnesota political action and independent expenditure committees.
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The Alliance is closely connected to the state’s most generous political groups and individuals. The same union and individual donors that rank in the top three dozen givers statewide contributed heavily to the two groups that fund the Alliance, WIN Minnesota and the 2010 Fund, which became the 2012 Fund. Those funders, in turn, got much of their money from the Democratic Governors Association; Education Minnesota and other unions; and Messinger and other wealthy Minnesotans, some with the last name Dayton.

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Who is buying elections? In Minnesota, and nationally, it is the Democrats.

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Since: Sep 11

Rogers, MN

#3 Dec 30, 2013
Oh say it ain't so. That would mean that not all of the "evil rich" people are republican right wing "baggers". Could this possibly be true??

“I am always right.”

Since: Oct 09

Former MN Taxpayer

#4 Dec 30, 2013
As always, the only Leftist comments are weak attempts at personal insults and offer no factual proof of anything other than the ignorance of the Democrat posting the comment.

I really do wish some Liberal with a brain would comment once in a while.
redeemer

Saint Paul, MN

#5 Dec 30, 2013
cantmakeitup wrote:
Oh say it ain't so. That would mean that not all of the "evil rich" people are republican right wing "baggers". Could this possibly be true??
What are you coward besides a lackey?
redeemer

Saint Paul, MN

#6 Dec 30, 2013
IrishMN wrote:
As always, the only Leftist comments are weak attempts at personal insults and offer no factual proof of anything other than the ignorance of the Democrat posting the comment.
I really do wish some Liberal with a brain would comment once in a while.
Ain't you a B###h liar you never show any proof yourself for any of your LIES never all you do is expect someone to believe your lies beside Can't .

“I am always right.”

Since: Oct 09

Former MN Taxpayer

#7 Dec 30, 2013
redeemer wrote:
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Ain't you a B###h liar you never show any proof yourself for any of your LIES never all you do is expect someone to believe your lies beside Can't .
Have you ever provided one link or source for any of your ignorant statements? Nope. I provide sources every single time I quote something from somewhere else.

Why not try calling me a name again now so you can pretend to be some internet tough guy? You certainly are not capable of showing you are mentally superior to anyone on here.

Hey Red, know what the best thing you can do is? Ignore my postings. Then at least people won't know how full of hatred you are for people who are not doormats for the rich Democrats.
redeemer

Saint Paul, MN

#8 Dec 30, 2013
IrishMN wrote:
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Have you ever provided one link or source for any of your ignorant statements? Nope. I provide sources every single time I quote something from somewhere else.
Why not try calling me a name again now so you can pretend to be some internet tough guy? You certainly are not capable of showing you are mentally superior to anyone on here.
Hey Red, know what the best thing you can do is? Ignore my postings. Then at least people won't know how full of hatred you are for people who are not doormats for the rich Democrats.
LIAR and FAKE malcontent ,tax evader and supreme loser I could call you more names that you deserve but I made a deal with topix that I would watch my language in exchange that could keeping posting holes in your LIES and I will.

Since: Sep 11

Rogers, MN

#9 Dec 30, 2013
redeemer wrote:
<quoted text> LIAR and FAKE malcontent ,tax evader and supreme loser I could call you more names that you deserve but I made a deal with topix that I would watch my language in exchange that could keeping posting holes in your LIES and I will.
So tell us fake black guy, when do you plan to start "posting" holes in anyone's posts? So far all you do is attempt to insult, demean, degrade, etc.

“I am always right.”

Since: Oct 09

Former MN Taxpayer

#11 Dec 30, 2013
cantmakeitup wrote:
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So tell us fake black guy, when do you plan to start "posting" holes in anyone's posts? So far all you do is attempt to insult, demean, degrade, etc.
Thanks cant. He just does not get that there is more to an intelligent dialogue than calling someone names.

“I am always right.”

Since: Oct 09

Former MN Taxpayer

#14 Dec 30, 2013
redeemer wrote:
<quoted text> You will always be a liar and a fraud and a three time loser.
I know if you notice but your always calling me a name first and fair exchange is not highway robber fake man honest is not a virtue of yours.
No, again you are mistaken. I call you Fake Black Guy because that is what you are.

Remember our first exchange a couple of years back? I offered some constructive criticism on your lack of communication skills, along with complementing you on taking a stand on issues close to your heart. Your retort was to tell me to go F---- myself and that you had an Administrative Assistant that cleaned up your verbiage for you.

Since that time, you have become a hater whose petty jealousies are showing every time you take aim with your ignorant insults. You show yourself to be childish and ignorant of how to get along with anyone. We now know why you are just a second rate flunky who needs others to do his work for him.

Anytime you want, I will be happy to donate to your education fund. Just let me know where to send the check.

Marty Costello

Saint Paul, MN

#17 Jan 13, 2014
IrishMN wrote:
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No, again you are mistaken. I call you Fake Black Guy because that is what you are.
Remember our first exchange a couple of years back? I offered some constructive criticism on your lack of communication skills, along with complementing you on taking a stand on issues close to your heart. Your retort was to tell me to go F---- myself and that you had an Administrative Assistant that cleaned up your verbiage for you.
Since that time, you have become a hater whose petty jealousies are showing every time you take aim with your ignorant insults. You show yourself to be childish and ignorant of how to get along with anyone. We now know why you are just a second rate flunky who needs others to do his work for him.
Anytime you want, I will be happy to donate to your education fund. Just let me know where to send the check.
I call you a Liar because that's what you are!

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Marty Costello

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#18 Jan 13, 2014
cantmakeitup wrote:
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So tell us fake black guy, when do you plan to start "posting" holes in anyone's posts? So far all you do is attempt to insult, demean, degrade, etc.
All of your posts have automatic holes in them and that fact goes double for fake Irish the Serpent Suck-a-lone to get along.

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redeemer

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#22 Jan 13, 2014
Capt Crunch wrote:
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Ever notice that the Slimes attacks under one of his false personnas comes with ready made positive judge marks? How many out here are impressed by this false adoration of self?
So how fake names have you had?

“I am always right.”

Since: Oct 09

Former MN Taxpayer

#25 Jan 14, 2014
Wow. The angry fake black guy and the angry white guy in one thread. Isn't that special.

“I am always right.”

Since: Oct 09

Former MN Taxpayer

#30 Jan 15, 2014
The STrib article that opens this thread spells out that the Democrats are the party of the rich and they simply buy elections.

Not one legitimate Leftist argument to the contrary. Shocking.

Since: Sep 11

Rogers, MN

#33 Jan 15, 2014
IrishMN wrote:
The STrib article that opens this thread spells out that the Democrats are the party of the rich and they simply buy elections.
Not one legitimate Leftist argument to the contrary. Shocking.
We pretty much knew that both parties are parties of the rich. At least some of their own are finally starting to acknowledge that they are all about contributions, payola, cushy jobs, etc.
LibEralS

Saint Paul, MN

#40 Jan 16, 2014
IrishMN wrote:
The STrib article that opens this thread spells out that the Democrats are the party of the rich and they simply buy elections.
Not one legitimate Leftist argument to the contrary. Shocking.
Probably because everyone knows both parties are about money and power. What's to argue? Worthless topic. Move on folks....

Since: Sep 11

Minneapolis, MN

#45 Jan 18, 2014
I disagree. I think it's would be a very worth while topic if only we could get some open, adult discussion on the issue. Or, any issue for that matter.

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