With 2013 session in rear-view mirror, Minn. lobbyists report costs of making their case

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  • Updated: June 18, 2013 - 4:10 PM

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Minnesota business and labor union organizations were among the heaviest spenders on lobbying during the first five months of 2013, which coincided with the Legislature's annual session, according to financial reports made public Tuesday.

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moredetailzJun. 18, 1311:18 AM

No real suprise there! Is there an official list that is public where you can see Who spent What$$?

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tcrowserJun. 18, 1311:30 AM

Lobbying Definition: Legalized Bribery

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avalancheguyJun. 18, 1311:32 AM

money talks

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totaltruthJun. 18, 1311:50 AM

The lobbyist tally is more than just money spent.

One of the big spending lobbyists convinced Dayton to undermine my business (for no reason other than to reduce competition).

No problem - My business, family and jobs will all be in Wisconsin next year... Wisconsin actually appreciates jobs....

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bluemaxJun. 18, 1312:55 PM

Wow- this is journalism at its finest. Lets be sure to list the total amount spent by three business lobbies and then conveniently omit the total spent by unions. I have no doubt that the union spending exceeded the business spending.

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wplettfanJun. 18, 13 1:15 PM

I have no doubt that the business lobby outspent the union lobby.

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checkfactsJun. 19, 13 9:27 AM

One of the main reasons for totaling the three so-called business groups is that they share a brain. They are not in competition and coordinate spending by their leadership prominence on each other's PAC's. The Coalition of Minnesota Business didn't even report most of their 2012 527 expenditures, so add more to their total. Small businesses need someone to speak for them because they are getting royally screwed by these mega-money influence machines focused only on their largest funders and their leadership. Unions are funded by collecting dues equally from all members, their leaders are elected, so don't be misled by distorted comparisons.

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garagewineJun. 19, 1310:39 AM

Tallying costs? LOL. They're counting their winnings! The Vikings, Mall of America, Mayo, 3M, takeovers of Minneapolis library debt and Xcel Center debt, and covering public pension shortfalls. They all took Dayton to the cleaners. I'm sure the lobbyists are just licking their chops for the next legislative session.

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garagewineJun. 19, 1310:41 AM

"Unions are funded by collecting dues equally from all members, their leaders are elected, so don't be misled by distorted comparisons."---You're right, the comparisons aren't fair. Businesses can choose whether to join business advocacy groups.

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motJun. 20, 13 7:52 AM

Where is the link to the full report? How about that 'we report - you decide' concept?

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