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” (
  • On a national scale, labor unions outspent businesses 2-to-1 in 2013 (
  • “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,” (
“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.

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