The Party of Big Money?

Democrats outspend Republicans 3-to-1 in Minnesota

As several recent reports have confirmed, the largest political contributions in Minnesota, as well as throughout the nation, consistently benefit Democrats.
Despite that fact, Democrats like Senator Al Franken are notorious for blaming the Koch brothers and Karl Rove for outrageous campaign spending. This is the big money fallacy.
The truth is that Democrats outspend Republicans by nearly 3-to1 in Minnesota. In fact, $27 million of the $53 million contributed to Minnesota campaigns in recent years was from just 26 donors: 19 of which are Democrats.

The Facts:

  • Education Minnesota, the public teachers union, contributed $4.8 million to Democrats, since 2007 (Star Tribune)
  • National and state unions combined to spend $17 million in Minnesota from 2007 to 2012 (Star Tribune).
  • Minnesota’s top individual contributor is left wing activist Alida Messinger, Gov. Dayton’s ex-wife and heiress to the Rockefeller fortune, who donated $1.6 million to Democrat political action committees from 2007 to 2012  (Star Tribune).
  • In 2012 Minnesota Democrats had so much money they ended up spending it illegally AND WERE FINED $100,000, one of the largest fines in Minnesota history.
  • “Indonesian native Johannes Marliem and his wife, Mai Chie Thor, continue to throw big money [$75,000] at Democrats, even though the couple is surrounded in controversy” (Watchdog.org).
  • On a national scale, labor unions outspent businesses 2-to-1 in 2013 (Watchdog.org).
  • “The Koch brothers, by comparison, ranked 59th on Open Secrets’ list. The brothers have spent $18 million since 1989, less than 20 percent of what Act Blue has spent since 2004,” (Watchdog.org).
“This is one of the best fundraising hauls that the [Democrats] [have] had in an off year,” – DFL Chair Ken Martin (Star Tribune)

Despite what Democrats would have you believe, the numbers don’t lie. Democrats far outspend Republicans by the millions. Even a small contribution to MNGOP will make a difference in swaying the balance of power in Minnesota government.

Will Al Franken Snub our Increasingly Unpopular President Tomorrow?

Franken Won’t Commit To Appearing With Obama

With Barack Obama visiting St. Paul’s Union Depot tomorrow, and Democrat Party Chairman Ken Martin saying he is happy to talk about Obamacare, will Al Franken be making any public appearances with the unpopular President?

Franken voted with Obama 100% of the time in 2013 even as the President’s approval rating in Minnesota plummeted to an all-time low. On Monday, Franken’s office told the NY Daily News that Franken won’t commit to appearing publicly with the President in Minnesota tomorrow.

“Al Franken’s record is a total rubber-stamping of President Obama’s agenda,” said RPM Chairman Keith Downey. “Between casting the deciding vote for the Obamacare debacle to supporting President Obama 100% of the time, why wouldn’t Al Franken want to welcome the President to Minnesota?”

Many vulnerable Democrat Senators, such as Sen. Kay Hagan (D-NC) and Sen. Mark Begich (D-AK), are actively avoiding the President on the campaign trail. With Minnesota now a battleground state for control of the Senate, it begs the question if Al Franken will be the next vulnerable Democrat to give Obama the cold-shoulder.

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Background:
“When Obama speaks Wednesday in St. Paul, Minn., on the economy, Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) ‘hopes he can join the President,’ a spokesman for the former funnyman said. ‘But it’s uncertain if his schedule will allow for travel since the Senate is in session.’” (Source: NY Daily News, Feb. 24, 2014)

In 2013, Al Franken Voted With President Obama 100 Percent Of The Time. (CQ Voting Studies – Sen. Al Franken, CQ Roll Call, Updated February 2014)

“When President Barack Obama comes to the Twin Cities on Wednesday, he’ll make a stop at Union Depot in St. Paul to discuss transportation and transit issues, a source confirmedSaturday.”    (Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press, Feb. 22, 2014)

“The trip to discuss the economy comes as his popularity in the state is at an all-time low, with approval from 43 percent of Minnesotans.”   (Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune, February 20, 2014)

Democrat Machine Politics Condemned by Republican Leaders

Secretary Chris Fields and Chair Keith Downey demand fairness in the rescheduled Democrat precinct caucus in Minneapolis

(Minneapolis, MN) – The Republican Party of Minnesota is condemning what Secretary Chris Fields called  “blatant power politics” as Democrats rescheduled the Minneapolis W3-P6 caucus after the largely Somali precinct caucus was disrupted on caucus night.

Democrat Party Chairman Ken Martin’s decision to hold the caucus at a location outside the precinct has been criticized, along with his appointment of the caucus conveners rather than allowing the caucus attendees to vote on them.

The Democrats ironically are also requiring caucus attendees to present a form of ID to prove they are eligible to participate.

“This power play by the Democrat establishment will favor 40 year incumbent Phyllis Kahn who is running against a credible Somali candidate for the Democrat endorsement,” said Fields. “When Democrats need to protect one of their own, suddenly policies that enhance Voter ID are OK. This isn’t where the Democrats were in 2012 when such policies were called racist and an attempt to intimidate voters. While we welcome their about face on this issue, it is truly a shocker.”

“These arrangements sure make it look like the Democrat machine is trying to engineer an outcome,” said Republican Party Chairman Keith Downey.  “And the challenger is hard-pressed to publicly object to the power brokers.”

Fields also said, “For the Democrat to demand an ID to participate in a local caucus reeks of utter hypocrisy. The message they are sending is that they believe in fair elections when it suits their interests. The larger lesson for our minority communities is that the DFL will use every tool available to minimize their ability to become truly equal partners in democracy.”

“DFL opposition to Voter ID was never rational, and clearly today they embrace it because they know Republicans were right,” concluded Fields.  “We believe our minority communities have every right to expect a fair and unbiased election process. Unlike today’s DFL party, our party is a grassroots organization that respects the will of local communities to determine their own political future.”

Straw Poll Results

SD61 Straw Poll Results

While the candidates seeking endorsement for Governor closely matched the state-wide results (Jeff Johnson & Marty Seifert almost tied and Thompson a close 3rd), Mike McFadden was the clear winner receiving over 50% of the votes in SD61; over three times as many as Julianne Ortman.

US Senate Governor
Abler 8
Dahlberg 5
McFadden 66
Moreno 0
Ortman 21
Shadlick 3
Undecided 10
Farnsworth 0
Honour 7
Johnson 33
Seifert 32
Thompson 23
Zellers 4
Undecided 14

State-wide Straw Poll Results