Spending on Minnesota legislative races has doubled in 10 years

  • Article by: Rachel E. Stassen-Berger and Glenn Howatt , Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 1, 2013 - 9:13 AM

Star Tribune exclusive: A new analysis digs into the piles of cash poured into every race for the past decade.

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jplamp9Sep. 1, 13 6:27 AM

Dems were much smarter last election pooling their resources and funding candidates in close elections. Republicans funded candidates representing their special interests. If they haven't learned from their mistakes and execute better the Dems will dominate again.

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jplamp9Sep. 1, 13 6:38 AM

Big money wisely spent influences elections and unfortunately influences policy thereafter. These donations are largely quid pro quo and the candidates are beholden to the donors. Money is essential for political success and when an incumbent seeks re-election he will have to favor the donors' policies or their money dries up. Politicians are largely shameless and care most about winning and surviving. It is this big money influence that has corrupted the system and stolen the voice away from the average American.

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texas_technomanSep. 1, 13 6:48 AM

The best government money can buy....

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RankenFyleSep. 1, 13 8:03 AM

With the dominance of political action committees, the candidates are little more than pocket change, the voters even less. We've succumbed to government by the PACs, of the PACs, for the PACs. Once elected, the office holders adhere to the code of PAC allegiance and in gratuity promote their agendas as well as make personnel appointments to non-elected offices that are favored by the PACs. Thus, we can shape a Supreme Court that sanctions the entire process with a ruling like Citizens United. Democracy has a disease and the voters are being disemboweled.

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formergopSep. 1, 13 8:32 AM

We need another political party. Called the regular American party, or something like that. It would represent all Americans. Not just the fringe, or one percenters.

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yogibear6363Sep. 1, 1310:12 AM

The first step is to overturn Citizens United. A Texas billionaire should not be determining the outcome of a legislative race in Minnesota.

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turgidSep. 1, 1310:15 AM

We need to ban political ads on TV across the board. It would severly handicap the special interest groups on both sides that turn political conversation in this country into a 2nd grade schoolyard brawl. I think most people would be happy to support this measure. Nothing meaningful can be said in :30 - and in fact, ads on TV are generally used for half truths and lies anyway. Why do we continue to allow this trash to be served up to our kids?

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jimjimjimjimSep. 1, 1312:58 PM

Limit campaigning to 3-4 months prior to an election. Obama started campaigning for president in Iowa as an Illinois State senator. He ran a perpetual campaign as did Clinton. In fact, obama continues to campaign rather than govern. Enough already!

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cutthebullSep. 1, 13 4:12 PM

This is sad news. When I ran for the state senate 10 years ago, I was glad to be part of a process that was relatively free of the big money influences, and one in which regular people like myself and my opponent could participate. Low spending limits, not a lot of independent expenditures, just two ordinary people squaring off and may the best man win - which he did, handily. Even though I lost, it was a process I could be proud to be a part of, and confident that my opponent won on his merits, not because of some shadowy outside influence.

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guacamoleoleSep. 2, 13 5:19 AM

Unhappy with government? Point your finger squarely at the voters. It is not the Republicans or Democrats fault that so many of us won't even consider voting for anyone else.

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