Big giving by wealthy shaped Minnesota's ’12 campaigns

  • Article by: Rachel E. Stassen-Berger , Star Tribune
  • Updated: March 14, 2013 - 11:23 AM

In the world of Minnesota political money, three people stand out: Joan Cummins, Bob Cummins and Alida Messinger.

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bgmach3Feb. 27, 13 5:59 AM

Of course it did.. Is this really news? We no longer have a democracy. We have a government bought and paid for by the wealthy and the wealthy are in office calling the shots. And it's really working great isn't it. barf...

norselandcFeb. 27, 13 6:37 AM

Thank you Alida! Your gifts will be part of the legacy of MN politics.

BBJoeFeb. 27, 13 6:46 AM

Think of the industry that political fund-raising has become. It is terrible for our country and there is nothing we can do to stop it. This type of thing never gets better or shrinks, it just gets bigger and worse. Consider how many hours of infomercials are broadcast daily on talk radio. The bigger picture has no part and truth is the casualty.

gregmeisterFeb. 27, 13 7:21 AM

I wonder what would happen if all of this money was used to directly create jobs, purchase goods and services, and fund research and devolpment. That would be a true stimulus package.

bigbear815Feb. 27, 13 7:50 AM

Money buys influence and favors. Why is this so hard for people to understand?

bannedmuggsFeb. 27, 13 8:16 AM

I think the Democrats have to figure out what side they're on. Out of one side of their mouths, they rail against the rich and successful businesses and two seconds later, they are taking multi millions from the same people and corporations. It is very interesting how the Star Trib chose not to disclose the big corporate giving. This would show the irony of railing against the Citizen United but then taking multi millions from corporations. We need real hope and change in the country. Both sides are beyond corrupt!

Mrs.JackJonesFeb. 27, 13 8:21 AM

Just think, for another $500,000 they can get a date with the "big dog". As the press has indicated, big donors (at least $500,000) can now meet with Obama at least 4 times per year as well as have access to the White House.

BVMannFeb. 27, 13 8:35 AM

We have the best government that money can buy off. The nation's founders would be appalled. I don't see what can be done about it as those that can change it are the recipients benefiting from it. Welcome to the Bannana Republic of America.

gjacobFeb. 27, 13 8:42 AM

Ignore the man behind the curtain! The talking heads in St. Paul and Washington do not have power, it is the people who are pulling the strings. There is a reason bills are written by the corporations that benefit from them - regardless of which name is on the cover.

raineyrooFeb. 27, 13 9:20 AM

Further proof why our government is so disfunctional. The wealthy have wrecked it. I do not see a reason why we should not have publically funded elections at the state and fed levels.


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