Big contributors have much at stake in Minneapolis mayoral race

  • Article by: MAYA RAO and ERIC ROPER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 1, 2013 - 6:36 AM

A look at donations in the mayoral race offers hints of future alliances.

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refurnishOct. 31, 1310:37 PM

It is hoped the StarTribune does a more comprehesive analysis and report on these individual and corporate contributions. This is their civic responsibility (and it sells newspapers.) As the Ward 9 City Council Candidate I will not take money from anyone that does business with the city, no corporate contributions, no PAC money or any organization with an agenda to get me elected. Unfortunately, my two major opponents have not abided by such ethical choices Pat Fleetham

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jaynedrakeOct. 31, 1310:52 PM

As I was reading this article, I was waiting to hear what major contributors made to the Hodges campaign. Two or three were named. Now, as she has raised a lot of money also, their must be a lot more contributors that could be named. Bias toward Andrew?

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raleighmamaOct. 31, 1311:02 PM

Andrew & Samuels, in the pockets of big money donors. Not voting for either of them.

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ol2096Nov. 1, 1312:10 AM

The way to get money out of politics is to get politics out of things worth money. We've got a city with a bunch of entrenched interests. Of course they'll pull in money. That's why I like the idea of an outsider who has done something outside of government, like Cam Winton. Notice how he isn't collecting a bunch of special-interest money?

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chlyn001Nov. 1, 13 1:21 AM

Mark my support for the candidate(s) who support workers' rights over those who would outsource work to privateers and those who falsely claim to be "reformers", but who instead are mostly misguided know-nothings.

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gopher0023Nov. 1, 13 1:46 AM

How about mentioning a candidate who isn't seeking money from all sorts of monied interests and out-of-state sources like Bob Fine? Not much of the coverage goes to candidates running a campaign with integrity.

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PassOut76Nov. 1, 13 6:09 AM

I agree with ol2096. Cam Winton is the best candidate in many ways. But this article really points out the old boy buddy-buddy relationship that the other candidates have. Winton would be a breath of fresh air blowing through the old stone walls of city wall. Why is Citizens for a Better Minnesota throwing money at one candidate in the Minneapolis race? That's weird and spooky.

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EleanoreNov. 1, 13 7:29 AM

The rest of Minnesota is watching this race, hoping to see some common sense and disregard for money and promotion in favor of electing the few candidate who show some semblance of responsibility and ethics. The majority here don't seem to hold those qualities.

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Cory089Nov. 1, 13 8:39 AM

So in this story, we hear about how all these candidates are getting contributions based on how they voted on city issues. But in the endorsement editorial, the only reason the Strib gives for not choosing Winton is his having not been a city bureaucrat. Do you see the contradiction? Money in politics is a reason why you vote for people who were successful in the private sector.

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markeyboyNov. 1, 13 1:08 PM

One can only hope that the mayoral race will be unaffected, similar to our last presidential election where all the "citizens united" money was spent without any bang for the buck.

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