Out-of-state lobbyists sway legislators, watchdog says

  • Article by: BRAD SCHRADE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 18, 2012 - 9:40 PM
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ammunraJan. 19, 1212:26 AM

"We as legislators do have a brain. I go out and campaign and say 'I want government to live within its means. We need to do things more efficiently and effectively.' -- I think last year's legislative sessions would beg to differ.

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formergopJan. 19, 12 7:08 AM

Why no names of the legislators accused of this? We need accountability if this is true.

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jackpinesavJan. 19, 12 7:43 AM

This is just the beginning...after Supreme Court ruling 2 years ago that corporations and individuals can spend unlimited amounts of $$$$ in campaigns. And Kiffmeyer and Pat Anderson sat and watched the Sutton-Emmer repub party spending spree go off the tracks. 2012 elections will be nasty and expensive and if you follow the money, the American people are not well served.

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jim4848Jan. 19, 12 7:54 AM

Go to Common Cause and read the report. It names the Legislators and the bills. One thing that stood out was the super majority to raise taxes. That would also include a super majority to close loop holes for corporations.

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DelliasonJan. 19, 12 8:19 AM

And Governor Dayton pushing to unionize in-home daycare's to the benefit of SEIU was not a big-money labor union having undue influence on our elected officials....whatever!

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toolman28Jan. 19, 12 8:44 AM

The best corporite government that money can buy - thank you supreme court

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bmahowald1Jan. 19, 12 9:43 AM

ALEC’s Minnesota Legislators: Is Your representative Introducing ALEC Laws? State Representatives  Rep. Bruce Anderson (19A)  Tax and Fiscal Policy Task Force member  Rep. Paul Anderson (13A)  Health and Human Services Task Force member  Rep. King Banaian (15B)  Rep. Michael Beard (35A)  Commerce, Insurance and Economic Development Task Force member  Rep. Mike Benson (30B)  Majority Leader Matt Dean (52B)  International Relations Task Force member  Rep. Connie Doepke (33B)  Telecommunications and Information Technology Task Force member  Rep. Steve Drazkowski (28B)  Civil Justice Task Force member  Rep. Sondra Erickson (16A)  Education Task Force member  Rep. Pat Garofalo (36B)  Education Task Force member  Rep. Mary Kiffmeyer (16B)  ALEC State Chairman  International Relations Task Force member  Rep. Carol McFarlane (53B)  Education Task Force member  Rep. Pam Myhra (40A)  Tax and Fiscal Policy Task Force member  Rep. Joyce Peppin (32A)  Rep. Linda Runbeck (52A)  Tax and Fiscal Policy Task Force member  Rep. Ron Shimanski (18A)  Public Safety and Elections Task Force member  Rep. Dean Urdahl (18B)  Speaker Kurt Zellers (32B) State Senators  Sen. Roger Chamberlain (53)  Public Safety and Elections Task Force member www.commoncause.org/mn 14  Sen. Ted Daley (38)  Public Safety and Elections Task Force member  Sen. Chris Gerlach (37)  Commerce, Insurance and Economic Development Task Force member  Sen. Gretchen Hoffman (10)  Health and Human Services Task Force member  Sen. John Howe (28)  Sen. Gen Olson (33)  Sen. Claire Robling (35)  Education Task Force member  Sen. Mike Parry (26)  Telecommunications and Information Technology Task Force member  Sen. Michael Jungbauer (48)  Sen. Warren Limmer (32) Former State Representatives and Senators  Former Rep. Laura Brod (25A)  Former ALEC State Chairman  Former Sen. Pat Pariseau (36)  Former Rep. Tom Emmer (19B)

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bmahowald1Jan. 19, 12 9:57 AM

The MNGOP Platform is 14 pages, filled with ALEC Corporate Speak. The last sentence says they are inclusive, except when someone doesn't follow their values, principles, and ideals. They don't even understand that they have just given the definition of EXclusive. If they have not thought more deeply than their inclusive/exclusive definition, they haven't thought at all about what they said in the 13 pages before it because they copied it from ALEC. MNGOP legislators are in lockstep with ALEC, which is more a cult than corporate lobbyists. The room is filled with corporate lawyers who sit with legislators to write the bills. Everything they say has been spoon-fed to them. They are not able to think for themselves and the MNGOP platform is evidence.

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jamue11eJan. 19, 1212:17 PM

Mary, Mary quite contrary, how is this different than when Conservative watch dog groups come a railing against Democrat legislators?

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